King jumps in NCAA Division II baseball stats

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - King College hit up to higher rankings in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II Baseball National stat rankings released from the national office.

The Tornado's batting average of .298 was up 0.13 from a week ago which led to a 28-spot climb to No. 81. King also used a .433 slugging percentage to take the No. 59 spot, 19 higher than last week. Part of the slugging percentage came from the squad's home runs per game of 0.5 at No. 59 as the team's 12 home runs ranked No. 64.

On the bases King has 67 stolen bases, for No. 11 among NCAA Division II teams and the 2.79 steals per game ranked No. 5.

The Tornado moved to the No. 64 ranking in doubles per game with 1.92 thanks to 46 doubles at No. 69 in that category. A total of seven triples was No. 58 while 0.29 triples per game was No. 71.

King has produced 10 sacrifice flies which occupied the No. 93 ranking.

The Tornado pitching staff's earned run average of 3.96 was in at No. 66. The squad's 8.53 hits allowed per nine innings was No. 49 while a 3.08 walks allowed per nine innings moved up to No. 37.

King's .968 fielding percentage was a spot better at No. 23.

The team also added the No. 88 ranking in winning percentage at .583.

Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) was No. 3 in both sacrifice bunts and sacrifice bunts per game with 10 sac bunts which equals 0.5 per contest.  His rankings were the highest individual rankings for the Tornado squad.

Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) used a strong week to move up many categories. His .667 slugging percentage, up .176 from a week earlier rocketed up 283 spots to No. 49. His five home runs on the season were good for No. 52, 151 spots better than last week. Cook has hit 0.21 home runs per game which was No. 54. His 11 stolen bases was in a tie for No. 77 while 0.46 stolen bases per game was in at No. 97.

Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) used a .506 on base percentage to inch up 32 spots to No. 47. His .406 batting average climbed .033 and 115 spots in the ranking to No. 65. His 0.5 stolen bases per game were in at No. 68 while the 11 steals on the season was in at No. 77.

C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) and his three sacrifice flies was at No. 66 this week while his 11 stolen bases tied with many others at No. 77. Stabler's 0.48 stolen bases per game was ranked No. 86.

Steven Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) was the toughest Tornado to strike out, just once in 14.4 at bats which was ranked No. 63 nationally. Mueller had been hit by a pitch seven times, the No. 86 spot in that category while the 0.3 hit by pitch per game was at No. 93.

Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) used two triples to tie for the No. 80 ranking.

Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.) and his five victories was No. 22 and his 6.48 hits allowed per nine innings was No. 88.

Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.) had saved four games so far in 2011 which were tied at No. 31.

King improved to 16-10 on the season and the Tornado will welcome West Virginia Wesleyan for a three-game series Saturday and Sunday. Game one of Saturday's doubleheader has a 1 p.m. scheduled start.