Uriah Brewer allowed only one earned run in 5 2/3 innings pitched in picking up the win in Game 1 of Trinity Baptist College‘s double-header split with NAIA Montreat College on Tuesday. Brewer changed speeds and mixed his pitches almost flawlessly throughout his outing and kept the Montreat hitters off balance all afternoon in winning 2-1.
Brewer finished with a final line of 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, and 5 K. He also picked off a Cavalier base runner to help end a Montreat threat.
Nick Mackedon entered in the top of the sixth with runners at second and third following a RBI double from Montreat’s Rickey DeArmas that made the score 2-1 Eagles. Mackedon got Kevynn Arias to pop up harmlessly to end the inning. Mackedon then pitched a scoreless seventh to notch the save. Montreat got two men in scoring position after the first two were out, but Mackedon struck out the pinch hitter to end the game and preserve the 2-1 win for Brewer.
The Eagles got both runs in the bottom of the second. Mackedon doubled home Christian Draper, who led off with a single and scored from first on the double to center field. Mackedon then advanced to third on a ground ball and scampered home one batter later when Kelvin George lofted a ball into center field, which hit off the glove, dropping safely for an error.
Following the second-inning rally, Montreat’s James Crowder retired the final 14 Eagles hitters he faced. Crowder pitched a compete game in which he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking one and striking out three.
Game 2, however, saw Montreat’s offense light up in the second inning. A.J. Knight hit a grand slam to left-center to make the score 5-0. The Cavaliers then scored seven more times throughout the game and won it 12-1. Roberto Hernandez was 2 for 4 with 4 RBI, and Caleb Talton and Eli Corcoran each drove in two. Montreat had 14 hits overall in the nightcap.
Trinity scored in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI ground ball from Daniel Burnsed. Montreat pitching, though, held the Eagles to one run on four hits to earn the split.
Trinity’s next 10 games are all on the road. The Eagles will play three games at Vorhees College on March 16 and 17, two at Johnson University of Tennessee on March 19, two at Piedmont International on March 20, two at Thomas University on March 27, and single game at Edward Waters College on March 30 before returning to their home field versus Edward Waters on March 31.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC