Hickory, N.C. - The Tornados fell in the second round of the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference softball tournament to Newberry College, 6-4, which ends the Brevard College softball team’s inaugural season as members of the NCAA Division II and the SAC.
Liz Houser (10-12) took the loss for the Tornados, going five innings, allowing three runs on two hits while striking out three. Kristen Hicks (12-10) picked up the win for Newberry (30-15), going four and a third innings, striking out five while allowing three runs.
The scarlet and gray got on the board first in the fourth inning, plating three runs on two hits. Amanda Huckestein drove a double out to centerfield scoring Sara Powell from first to plate the first run of the inning. A single by Courtney Flach scored Huckestein and Whitney Wiles, but Richelle Mirabal was caught in a rundown and tagged out by the BC first baseman to end the inning.
Newberry pushed across another run in the fifth as Aissa Gatewood sacrificed in Jessica Teague to put the lead at 4-0.
Brevard mounted a comeback in the bottom half of the inning. With Maddie Fletcher, Sarah Carlos and Becca Curlee all reaching base against Hicks, Newberry turned to the SAC Pitcher of the Year, Huckestein, to shut the Tornados offense down. Huckestein was able to record one out before an error in the scarlet and gray infield on Kristina Clayton’s ball hit up the middle cleared the bases, putting Brevard back within one run at 4-3.
In the top of the seventh, Kat Hammond provided a pair of insurance runs by driving in Amy Jarrell, hitting a home run on a pitch that was located up around her eyes, putting it over the centerfield fence. The two-run shot put Newberry back in control, 6-3.
Brevard loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning with two outs, as Curlee, Beth Brooker and Clayton reached base. A Huckestein offering glanced off the next Tornados batter, Kasey Fagan to bring home Curlee, but a grounder by Katie Thornburg ended the game before Brevard could complete the comeback.
With the loss, the Tornados are eliminated from the SAC softball tournament and finish their season with a 17-27 record.