Trojans, Brevard Split South Atlantic Conference Series

BREVARD, N.C. – After inclement weather made a three-game set two games, Anderson University baseball and Brevard played to two one-run games and split the series as the Tornados earned a 7-6 win in the first game, followed by an 8-7 Trojan victory in the final game of the day Sunday afternoon at Gil Coan Field.

With the split, AU moves to 12-23 overall and 9-11 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Brevard goes to 13-20 on the year and 7-15 in the league.

Junior middle infielder Brett Cash led the Anderson attack with five hits for the day, including a double in each contest, while driving in a run and a run scored. Cash is now on a nine-game hitting streak and hitting .323 for the season with an identical on-base and slugging percentage of .411. The junior has tallied three multi-hit games in her last four appearances.

Sophomore first baseman Steven Cooper tallied two hits in each game, highlighted by an RBI double in the sixth inning of the second game, as the Trojans scored three runs for the inning, giving them a 7-5 advantage. Cooper leads the team in doubles with 14 for the season, while reaching base safely in nine straight games.

After snapping a three-game hitless streak on Wednesday at USC Aiken, senior infielder David Jones tallied three hits for the afternoon, scoring twice and driving in a run, while left fielder Nathan Galliford pounded two hits in the opening contests, including a two-run home run in the second inning. The home run was Galliford’s 10th of the season, as he became the second player in the conference with double digit home runs for the year.

Seniors Paul Como and Ben Pendleton each added a double in game two, as Pendleton’s double came in the seventh inning, eventually leading to an essential insurance run, which turned into the game-winning run after BC brought the score within one run in the bottom-half.

On the hill, junior right-hander Landon Beck completed his fourth complete game of the season, striking out four Tornados and walked just one. For the season, Beck has recorded 61 strikeouts in 48.2 innings.

In the opening game of the day, the Trojans came out hot, outscoring the home side 6-4 after two innings. After a five-run second inning, AU’s offense was cooled down by right-hander Kevin Hamilton, who picked up his second victory of the season by striking out six Trojans in six complete innings. Despite outhitting the Tornados, 10-8, a fifth-inning run proved to be the difference as BC came away with the narrow 7-6 win.

In the latter contest, the scoring drought continued as Brevard opened with a five-run second inning. Anderson finally got on the scoreboard with four runs in the fifth inning when sophomore Garrett Bernardo blasted his third home run of the year over the left-center field wall, which also scored Kyle Bailey. Later in the inning, Cash and Como each posted an RBI as AU tallied four runs for the inning.

The runs continued in the sixth when the Trojans took advantage of two Tornado errors and added three more runs to take their first lead of the game.

After Beck shutdown the Brevard offense in the sixth, the late insurance run held off Brevard’s late attack in the seventh.

The Trojans return to Anderson Memorial Stadium on Tuesday when it faces archrival Erskine. First pitch against the Flying Fleet is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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