BREVARD, N.C. --- Lees-McRae freshman Celeste Sheppard scorched a game-tying RBI single in the top of the sixth of game two, but Brevard College responded while sweeping LMC in a doubleheader, 5-2 and 3-2, Saturday afternoon in nonconference action at Brevard Softball Field in Brevard, N.C.
The Tornados (4-0) staved off a pair of sixth inning rallies despite coming at least two errors in each game. The Bobcats (0-8) cranked out 10 hits after only producing 12 in the first six games of the season.
BC scored early and often in the opener while the first three runners reached base and a Dallas Heaton RBI double gave the Tornados a 1-0 lead before recording an out.
BC's Casey Whitaker (1-0) helped her own cause with a RBI groundout. Heaton would come around to score after a Kinsey Parrish stolen base drew a throw to second and extended the lead to 3-0.
The Tornados would cap off the scoring spree with another RBI groundout from Ally Davenport.
Whitaker struck again when she recorded her second RBI groundout for an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.
LMC would crack the scoreboard when Sadie Lagle (Harmony, N.C.) smoked a RBI double down the line plating Sarah Stallings (Greensboro, N.C.). Lagle would make it a 5-2 game when she tapped the dish when Sheppard reached on an error.
Sheppard (East Julian, N.C.) (0-4) took the loss after going the distance and allowing five earned runs. Amanda Decker (Apex, N.C.) led the offense with two hits.
The Tornados would enjoy first-inning success in the second game when they took a 1-0 lead following a Heaton RBI triple.
BC would plate another run in the bottom of the third thanks to a RBI bunt single from Brittany Fowler.
The Tornados threatened later in the inning, but a remarkable hose from Stallings nailed a BC runner trying to score on fly ball.
LMC would tie it in the sixth with a pair of runs. Lori Fulmer (Prosperity, S.C.) would reach on an error, advance to second on a hit, steal third and plate the Bobcats first run on an errant throw.
Sheppard delivered the game-tying hit with a hot shot to second and plated Lagle.
However, BC loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning and a Michelle Ray RBI single would be the difference, despite Charlie Dutton (Monroe, Ga.) escaping the jam without further damage.
Dutton (0-4) was the tough luck loser while tossing six innings and allowing one earned run.
LMC returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Lincoln Memorial for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.
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