Brevard, N.C. – The Warriors faced the Brevard College Tornadoes on Friday afternoon in Brevard, NC. After a crazy turn of events in the first game the Warriors split, winning their first game 7-0 and losing the second 11-8.
In game one, Alex Oliver had the only hit of the game and Sara Sweatt was the only Warrior to steal a base and to score. Hunter Hoskins started the game for the Warriors and pitched the lone inning while allowing one run and three hits in the forfeit.
In game two, the Warriors were led by Lizzie Fela in hits with three. Michaela Wickham led on RBIs with two. Fela hit her second homerun of the season during the game. Sara Sweatt, Fela, Natalie Johnson, Michaela Wickham and Becca White all stole bases during the loss.
Final Game One: Southern Wesleyan 7, Brevard 0
Final Game Two: Brevard 11, Southern Wesleyan 8
Record: Southern Wesleyan (2-12 / CC 0-0), Brevard (2-6)
How It Happened
The first game against the Brevard College Tornados started strong for the Warriors with Sara Sweatt reaching first base on a walk and then stealing second to get into scoring position. Sweatt made her home on two passed balls to give the Warriors 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, Brevard's catcher attempted to steal home and collided with Oliver, causing her to sit out the beginning of the second inning. The Tornados threw two pitches with only eight players on the field, violating NCAA rules. The violation led to a forfeit and making the forfeit score end in a 7-0 victory for the Warriors.
The Warriors started strong in the second game against the Tornados. Sara Sweatt was first at bat and once again managed to make her way around the bases. Sweatt singled and stole second to get into scoring position. Kali Berrigan came up to bat and had a sacrifice bunt to move Sweatt to third. Alex Oliver grounded out to third base, but received the first RBI of the game by moving Sweatt home to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Lizzie Fela was next at bat and hit her second home run of the season to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.
The Brevard Tornados countered in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game 2-2. In the bottom of the third inning, the Tornados took a 9-2 lead over the Warriors with a grand slam by Amber Hong and doubles to bring seven runs across home plate.
The Warriors threatened in the 4th inning when Oliver and Kelly Cooper both walked putting runners at first and second with only one out. Mikaila Irby singled and brought Oliver home. Amber Belk came up to bat and moved Cooper to third. On a passed ball, Cooper came home to score, putting Southern Wesleyan down 9-4 behind Brevard.
Both teams were kept scoreless until the sixth inning of competition. The Warriors would score again in the 6th inning when Makaila Irby would walk to take first. Michaela Wickham came into the game to pinch run for Irby and then stole second base to get in scoring position for the Warriors. Amber Belk singled and moved Wickham to third. Jessica Burks had her first at bat of the night and singled, bringing both Wickham and Belk home to cut the Tornados lead down to 9-6.
Brevard would not go quietly with Rhy Hadden hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to regain the Tornados five run lead. The Warriors fought in the top of the seventh inning with singles by both Lizzie Fela and Natalie Johnson, followed by both getting into scoring position on double stolen bases to put them on second and third bases. With two runners in scoring position, Michaela Wickham singled, bringing both Fela and Johnson around home to give the final score of a 11-8 Tornados win.
The Warriors take the road once again tomorrow and play the Tusculum College Pioneers at 1pm and 3pm. The Warriors will return to Varsity Field on Tuesday when they play the Emmanuel College Lions at 4pm and 6pm in their first Conference Carolinas games of the season.