February 22, 2011

Late rally comes up short for King against Brevard

BRISTOL, Tenn. - A seven-run ninth inning was not enough for the King College baseball team Tuesday in a 13-11 decision for the visitors from Brevard (N.C.) College.

The Tornado rally in the ninth saw the team send 11 players to the plate with five walks issued and two were with the bases loaded. King only had three hits in the frame, but Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) drove in three runs with a two-out double to right center before a RBI single by Steven Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.). The Tornado was able to get the tying run to the plate, but no closer.

King's 11 runs on the day are the most scored on the season for the team as the team posted 15 games a season ago with 10 or more runs. The seven runs in the final inning were the first runs scored in the eighth or ninth inning this season by King.

A triple from the Tornado's Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) started the sixth and he scored on a single from Jordan Woullard (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) for the first King score.

Three runs in the home half of the seventh got King within nine.

Brevard posted a five-run second with two more in the third and another six an inning later. The visitors sent nine batters to the plate in both the second and fourth frames.

King tacked on three runs in the seventh as the first three batters had singles.

Both teams combined for 12 pitchers, five for King and the rest for Brevard.

Wesley Houser (Knoxville, Tenn.) was tagged for the loss while Kevin Hamilton was the winning pitcher in relief. Dustin Haithcox recorded the final out to the only batter he faced to pick up the save.

Eight of King's nine starters had at least one hit with three from both Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) and Walker. Walker finished with a game-best four RBIs. Wooullard, Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) and Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) each finished with two hits.

On the other side only seven starters from Brevard had a base hit with three coming from both Champ Stuart, two of which were doubles, and Randy O'Dell. Stuart drove in four runs while O'Dell had three RBIs and three runs scored.

After the first four innings, the King bullpen did not allow a hit the rest of the game and only one runner was left on base. When it came to runners left, the Tornado left a dozen with only five for Brevard.

King, now at 5-5, will play Bluefield State (W.Va.) College Friday in Greer, S.C., with a 1 p.m. start time.