March 13, 2011

Tornado prevents sweep with 9-4 win

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College prevented a weekend sweep for Missouri S&T Sunday as the Tornado posted a 9-4 win in front of the home crowd in the series finale.

The win sent King's record to 10-8 on the season while Missouri S&T leaves Bristol at .500 with a 6-6 mark.

Missouri S&T jumped in front thanks to a third-inning RBI single with two outs by Josh Caffrey. Grant Brasher started the frame with a single to center and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt.

After a strikeout started the King third, Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) had an infield single followed by a throwing error by Brasher at first on Cody Snyder's ground ball put Tornado runners on second and third. Lead-off batter Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) walked to load the bases. Missouri S&T's Chris Bowe uncorked a wild pitch to Jordan Woullard (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) which allowed Cook to score. To end the inning Woullard was caught in a run down, but before the Miners tagged him out Gaby came in to put King in front 2-1.

A RBI double down the right field line by Steven Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) in the fourth put another Tornado run on the board. Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) started the rally with a two-out single and advanced to third after another Bowe wild pitch before Mueller's fifth double of 2011.

King added another run in the fifth after a Gaby RBI single through the right side pushed Cook in from third. Cook added a 2-for-3 effort and scored two runs.

The home team tacked on four more in the sixth which included a two-run single by Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.).

Mueller used a groundout in the eighth for a King insurance run. Stabler scored on the play after stealing third, his third stolen base of the contest. He finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Missouri S&T scored twice in the sixth followed by a run in the eighth to get within four, 8-4.

Zach Winkle (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed the first seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits. He struck out seven Sunday after only having nine strikeouts in 18 innings of work this season.

Bowe lasted the first five innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits.

King has a 3 p.m. contest with Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University on the schedule for Tuesday in Bristol.