March 16, 2011

Numerous NCCAA Baseball stat rankings for Tornado

GREENVILLE, S.C. - The King College baseball squad posted 28 Top-20 NCCAA Division I Stat Rankings in the first report from the national office, 12 in team categories and 16 individual.

The Tornado's .972 fielding percentage put the team No. 2 nationally in the report with only Spring Arbor (Mich.) University higher with a .982 mark.

Offensively King had four Top-10 rankings led by the squad's 1.83 doubles per game and 2.94 stolen bases per game, both with No. 4 rankings. A 0.28 triples per game average put King at No. 5 while 0.5 home runs per game was No. 8.

A .405 slugging percentage was good for the No. 11 spot with a 5.67 runs per game and 4.67 RBIs per game averages were both No. 12 in the respective categories.

King's team ERA of 4.38 was ranked No. 13.

An average of 8.0 hits per game was No. 16 while the .273 batting average was No. 18. A 3.5 walks per game also had the No. 18 ranking.

A total of seven Tornado players produced the 18 Top-25 individual rankings.

The highest of the individual rankings was in the pitching wins category by Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.) at No. 2 with four on the season. His 1.80 ERA fell in at No. 9 in the report.

Also on the pitching side Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.) was tied for the No. 3 spot with three saves so far in 2011.

Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) collected a total of five Top-25 offensive rankings led by a 1.44 hits per game mark at No. 7. His 0.11 triples per game put him at No. 13. Walker's .645 slugging percentage and .419 batting average were ranked No. 17 and No. 19, respectively. To round out the Top-25 on-base percentage category, he posted a .486 mark at No. 25.

Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) used a 0.69 walks per game average to own the No. 10 ranking. He also stole 0.56 bases per game, good for the No. 14 spot.

C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) has hit 0.18 home runs per game which ranks No. 12 among NCCAA hitters. A 0.53 stolen bases per game average put Stabler at No. 17.

Newcomer Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) has scored 0.92 runs per game, good for No. 15 in the category. He also owns a .513 on-base percentage which occupied the No. 18 spot.

Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) and a 0.36 doubles per game average was No. 12 while his 0.45 stolen bases per contest put him at No. 20.

Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.) has been hit by a pitch 0.25 per contest good for the No. 18 ranking. He also added 0.08 triples per game for the No. 21 national ranking.

The Tornado returns to action Friday with a 2 p.m. contest against St. Francis (Ind.) in Bristol.