Tigerville, S.C. – The Brevard College women’s softball team was on the road on Wednesday afternoon, as the Tornados split a pair of one-run games against the Lady Crusaders of North Greenville in Tigerville, S.C. Brevard dropped the first game 4-3, but bounced back to win the second game 2-1.
Game 1: North Greenville 4, Brevard 3
In game one, the Tornados lost a late 3-2 lead, giving up two runs to the Lady Crusaders in the bottom of the seventh to ultimately fall on the road 4-3.
After North Greenville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by a Bailey solo homerun in the top of the fourth, the Tornados scored three runs over the next two innings to take a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the sixth inning.
BC took the lead by scoring one run in the top of the fifth by way of an Amber Clontz solo homerun, which tied the scored up at 1-1.
The Tornados then scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning, as again Clontz homered, this time a two-run shot that gave BC the 3-2 lead.
Yet North Greenville scored the final three runs of the game, winning the game in the top of the seventh on a Bailey had a double which scored two to give the Lady Crusaders the 4-3 win.
North Greenville ace Smith picked up the win, as the starter went all seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out five BC hitters.
The loss went to BC’s Jennifer Gift (6-18), as the right-hander gave up four runs, three of which were earned, on eight hits in 6.2 innings of work. Gift struck out seven North Greenville hitters for the game.
At the plate, BC was led by Clontz, who was 2-3 with two homeruns, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Game 2: Brevard 2, North Greenville 1
In game two, the Tornados were the team to score late, pushing across a run in the top of the seventh to win 2-1. The game was the third straight game one-run game for the Tornados.
BC got on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the third inning on a Jennifer Brown RBI single
North Greenville knotted the score up at 1-1 in the sixth, as Broome had a two-out RBI single.
With the score tied up at 1-1 heading into the final inning of play, the Tornados scored on a Lindsey Morgan single, which plated Amber Clontz and gave BC the 2-1 lead.
BC’s Aimee Rogers (4-8) shut down North Greenville in the seventh, to seal the 2-1 win. Rogers picked up the complete game win, allowing one run on nine hits over seven innings.
The loss went to North Greenville’s Yeoman, as she gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings of action.
Designated player Jennifer Brown was 3-3 with a double and an RBI at the plate, while Morgan was 1-3 with a RBI. Right-fielder Beth Brooker was 1-4 with a double and a run scored, while Clontz was 1-3 with a double and a run scored.
The Tornados (10-26) will return to action on Monday, April 21, as BC will play its last home game of the 2008 season when they will host King College. The senior day double-header will begin at 2 p.m. as it will be the last home game for the four BC seniors – Kristin Tettemer, Lindsey Morgan, Amber Clontz and Aimee Rogers.