King upended twice by Missouri S&T
BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College was defeated twice by Missouri S&T Saturday 7-1 and 5-1 in a pair of home baseball contests.
The Tornado went to 9-8 after the doubleheader and Missouri S&T owns a 6-5 record. The two will conclude the three-game series Sunday at 2 p.m.
In the opener the visitors took advantage of a four-run sixth to take the lead and control of the game. Andy Hall had a two-run double to left after Ben Pieper's RBI single. Hall later scored on a single, once again to left, by Clint Wobbe.
Pieper capped his 4-for-4 game with a three-run home run to left in the final inning.
Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) scored King's only run of game one when he scored on a failed pick off attempt by Missouri S&T's Josh Caffrey from third.
Alex Dunn went the distance for Missouri S&T and had one hit, to Freeman, with two strikeouts and two walks. He hit two King batters in the seven innings.
Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.) lost for the first time this season as he was tagged for four runs, all earned, on six hits in six innings. He worked around trouble leaving six players on base, three of which were at third at the end of the inning.
Missouri S&T kept the offense rolling in game two with four runs in the top of the first. Pieper had a two-run single to center followed by RBI singles by Hall and Nick Burke. All four runs went to Dylan Sullins (Bristol, Va.) and were unearned as 10 batters came to the plate in the frame.
A second-inning wild pitch allowed Wobbe to put the fifth run on the board.
King broke through with a two-out RBI triple by Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the sixth. He followed after C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) laced a single to left.
Walker finished the game 2-for-3 with a double as well. So far in the 2011 season Walker has produced eight extra base hits.
Jordan Woullard (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) also had a third-inning single for the home team.
Nick Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) came in and tossed 5 1/3 innings of relief with just one run allowed on five hits. He struck out four. At one point he retired 12 out of 14 batters including eight straight.