Joseph Marvin: Assistant Sports Information Director
Photo Credit: Tori Brayman '22
DECATUR, Ga. – The Brevard College Tornados Softball team (10-15, 4-2 USAS) used a 16-run outburst and solid pitching to sweep the Agnes Scott Scotties (2-18, 0-4 USAS) on Saturday afternoon at Oakhurst Park in Decatur, Georgia.
The Tornados claimed an 11-2 victory in five innings via run rule in the first game, followed by a 5-3 victory in game two sparked by a Mari Cook two-run go-ahead homer.
BC junior starting pitcher Micayla McCoy (7-7) earned the start in the pitching circle for the Tornados, pitching four innings of two-hit, shutout ball. McCoy struck out three Scotties over the course of her four innings.
Nine Tornados in total came across to score in the front end of Saturday's doubleheader, part of an 11-run offensive explosion for Brevard.
Both sides went down in order in the game's first inning, with McCoy tallying a strikeout against Agnes Scott's first batter.
The top of the second inning saw BC tally two runs on two hits, as Olivia Pauldin and Lallier drove home the Tornados' runs.
McCoy escaped danger in the bottom of the second inning after the Scotties used a one-out double and a walk to put runners on second and third. A groundout to Olivia Presley ended the Scotties' threat.
Brevard and Agnes Scott had baserunners in the third inning, but couldn't get them across as the game stood at 2-0 in favor of Brevard.
BC exploded in the contests final two frames for a total of nine runs, which led to a run-rule victory. First, a Pauldin sac fly got the offensive explosion started with one out. Lallier followed with her fifth triple of 2019 to push the game to 4-0. RBI singles by Marissa Henson and Presley followed by McCoy being hit by a pitched gave the Tornados a commanding 7-0 lead.
Brevard scored four more runs in the top of the fifth inning via a two-RBI double, groundout, and an error. Freshman Savannah Jones came on in relief for the Tornados in the final half inning, allowing two runs but holding the lead within the eight-run threshold.
The Tornados utilized power in game two of Saturday's twin bill to propel themselves to a doubleheader sweep over Agnes Scott.
Starting in the top of the first inning after Mari Cook hit an RBI single to give BC a 1-0 advantage, White connected for a two-run blast to left field, pushing Brevard's lead to 3-0. White, who hit two home runs in her freshman season last year, drilled her first round-tripper of 2019 in Saturday afternoon's second game.
The Scotties were able to answer back in the home half of the first and second innings, taking advantage of BC defensive miscues to plate three unearned runs, tying the game, 3-3.
The Tornados threatened in the third and fifth innings with the bases loaded but stranded them to leave the contest tied. Likewise, Agnes Scott left two runners on base in the bottom of the fourth inning.
McCoy mowed through the fifth and six innings, retiring the Scotties in order to send the game to the seventh frame. McCoy ended up retiring the last 10 batters that she faced in game two.
After a Presley leadoff single and a McCoy sacrifice bunt, Cook stepped up to the plate and drilled a go-ahead, two-run homer to left field to give the Tornados a 5-3 lead that it would not relinquish. The round-tripper marked Cooks first homer as a Brevard College Tornado.
McCoy came back into the circle to finish off her complete-game outing, retiring the Scotties in order to clinch BC's 10th win of 2019.
McCoy pitched all seven innings in the second game, allowing five hits and three runs, although none of the runs were earned. McCoy struck out five Scotties as well.
Cook enjoyed a perfect game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three hits, two runs, and two RBI's alongside her go-ahead home run.
White continued her strong work at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, driving in both of her RBI's on her first-inning deep fly.
Presley, McCoy, and Jocelyn Folkers also collected hits to round out BC's impressive offensive outburst.
Brevard will return to action on Wednesday, March 27 as it takes on NCAA DII Converse College in non-conference action at Ives-Lemel Family Field at 2 and 4 p.m.
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