Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Tornado baseball squad was beaten, 12-2, Tuesday afternoon at Gil Coan Field by the No. 21 Flying Fleet of Erskine College. Combined with Erskine's 10-5 victory over the Tornados on February 19, the Fleet take the season series over Brevard.
Mike Moore (5-2; Lexington, S.C.) pitched seven innings and picked up the win, allowing two runs while fanning ten batters. Spencer Linn (2-4; Fletcher, N.C.) started and gave up four runs in an inning of work to take the loss. Linn left after just one inning after being hit by a pitch on the hand in the bottom half of the 1st.
Erskine put up a four-spot in the top half of the opening frame. John Bolding (Pickens, S.C.) and Mo Seay (Anderson, S.C.) tallied RBI doubles, with Seay's scoring two runs, and Brandon Garrett (Woodruff, S.C.) added an RBI single to make the score 4-0.
The game stayed 4-0 until the bottom half of the 6th, when the Tornados scored a pair. After Ben Pacey (Swain County, N.C.) led off the frame with a single, Matthew Pruitt (Hendersonville, N.C.) scored a run with a double to light up the Tornado half of the scoreboard. Two batters later, Stephen Mullis (Charlotte, N.C.) singled home Pruitt to make the score 4-2.
Erskine put some distance between themselves and the Tornados in the 8th. Seay came through with another two-run double, and Cody McElhaney (Beech Island, S.C.) added a run on a fielder's choice to make the score 7-2.
The Fleet broke the game open with five in the 9th. The big shot was a two-run double from Zach McCarthy (Spartanburg, S.C.) to put the final two runs on the board.
In addition to his RBI double at the plate, Pruitt tossed 6 1/3 innings on the mound and allowed three runs. Brice Warner (Clover, S.C.) was 3-5 at the plate and stole a base for Brevard, while Kellen Moman (Greenville, S.C.) added two hits.
Brevard is back in action Friday, when they play North Greenville in a doubleheader. The first game starts at 2 p.m. in Tigerville, S.C. The Flying Fleet play Catawba Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in Salisbury, N.C.