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Brevard takes two from Crusaders

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BREVARD, NCThe Brevard College men’s baseball team opened up their 2008 home slate on the right track on Tuesday afternoon, as they swept the North Greenville Crusaders in a double-header.

The Tornados defeated North Greenville 5-0 in game one and then took game two by the score of 10-5.

With the sweep, Brevard improves to 3-2 on the season, while North Greenville falls to 1-8 overall with the two losses.

Game One: Brevard 5, North Greenville 0

In the Tornados first home game of 2008, Brevard would push five runs across in two innings and ride the arm of left-handed pitcher Shane Galloway to the 5-0 win.

The Tornados jumped out to an early lead in the second, as first-baseman Justin Frady lead off the inning with a single. After Frady advanced to second on a wild pitch, designated hitter Josh Miller singled and then advanced to second on an error by the left fielder. After the next two BC batters struck out, left-fielder Zac Williams came up big with runners on second and third, doubling to drive in two runs and put the Tornados up 2-0 early.

Brevard would add some insurance runs in the fifth inning, as Luke Lovelace led off the hitting by getting hit by a pitch. After Brice Warner advanced Lovelace to second on a sacrifice, the senior centerfielder stole third and then scored on another North Greenville error.

Up 3-0 with the bases clear and two outs, Frady doubled to start a BC two out rally. Miller then singled, driving in Frady from second. After Mitch Hefner was hit by a pitch, the second Tornado batter to get hit in the inning, and Spencer Linn walked, the Tornados had the bases loaded with two outs. Miller would score on a wild pitch from North Greenville’s Chris Koch to put BC up 5-0 heading into the sixth inning.

The five runs was all that sophomore Shane Galloway needed, as the left-hander from Rosman, N.C. would go the distance, spreading out four hits over 7.0 innings and striking out four.

With the win Galloway, making his first start of the season, improved to 1-0.

North Greenville’s Daniel Goodnight (0-2) picked up the loss for the Crusaders, as he allowed three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. Goodnight also had five strikeouts.

Leading the way at the plate for BC was Justin Frady, who went 2-4 with a double and two runs scored. Josh Miller also had two hits, going 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Zac Williams went 1-3 with a double and two RBIs for game one.

North Greenville third-baseman Grant Kelley went 2-3 at the plate, while catcher Curt Marshall and right-fielder Randy Stegall had the other two Crusader hits.

Game Two: Brevard 10, North Greenville 5

In the second game of the double-header, the Tornados scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, holding on to defeat the Crusaders 10-5.

After the first two BC hitters, Luke Lovelace and Brice Warner, both reached on errors, designated hitter Seth Corliss singled to drive in Lovelace from third. Later on in the inning after Josh Miller was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out, shortstop Mitch Hefner drew a base-on-balls to plate Warner from third and put BC up 2-0. The next batter, senior third-baseman Chris White would draw a walk to push plate Corliss from third and keep the bases load with only one out. Left-fielder Mike Jones would hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Miller from third to put BC up 4-0. Second-baseman Adam Arrowood would then single with two outs, driving in both White and Hefner, as BC batted around and scored six runs in the first inning.

In the third inning, the Tornados would score three runs on three hits and two North Greenville errors to go up 9-0. In the inning, Miller, who had doubled to lead off the inning and was moved over to third by a Chris White single, scored on an error by the Crusader shortstop on a Jones ground ball to push the lead to 7-0. Another Arrowood single would then plate White, as the RBI was Arrowood’s third on the game. Lovelace would then drive in Jones from third on a fielder’s choice to give BC a demanding 9-0 lead.

North Greenville would score one in the top of the fourth, as third-baseman Grant Kelley hit a homerun over the left field fence off of BC starter Matt Castro to put North Greenville on the board.

BC answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth to push the lead back up to nine at 10-1.

North Greenville tried to make a rally late, scoring four runs in the last two innings but it wasn’t enough as the Tornados held on for the 10-5 win.

Tornado newcomer Matt Castro (1-0) picked up his first win of the season on Tuesday afternoon, as he went 6.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four.

North Greenville’s Eric Iglesias (0-1) got the loss for North Greenville.

Junior infielder Adam Arrowood went 3-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, while sophomore Josh Miller was 2-2 with two doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and was hit by a pitch.

For the Crusaders, Grant Kelley went 1-3 with a home run, while catcher Curt Marshall was 1-4 with a home run.

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