Tornado blows away LMU twice

HARROGATE, Tenn. - The King College baseball team posted victories of 10-3 and 5-0 Tuesday at Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University.

The wins boosted King to 16-10 on the season while Lincoln Memorial went to 21-16. Earlier in the day Lincoln Memorial was No. 10 in the newest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Southeast Region poll.

At the plate in game one King got two hits performances from Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.), Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) and Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.). Gaby, C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) all had two RBIs apiece.

Cook belted his sixth home run of the season while Stabler added his fourth.

Danny Laperna (Lake Worth, Fla.) went the distance in the opener to improve to 2-3. He scattered seven hits which led to three runs, two earned. He struck out seven and issued two walks.

In the second contest Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) and Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.) both had two-hit games. Williams also scored twice.

Stabler and Williams had doubles and King swiped five bases.

With a hit in the second contest Gaby extended his hitting streak to nine games, a season best for any Tornado player.

On the mound Wesley Houser (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed a shutout and only allowed three hits and walked one. He mixed in three strikeouts as he faced a total of 25 batters in the seven innings. It was his first shutout of 2011 and the fourth for King this season.

King welcomes West Virginia Wesleyan for a three-game series Saturday and Sunday. Game one of Saturday's doubleheader has a 1 p.m. scheduled start.