MASON, Ohio – King College was upended 10-5 against Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University Thursday in pool play action at the NCCAA Division I World Series.
The Tornado, the event's No. 10 seed, went to 2-1 in pool play thanks to the two wins on Wednesday. King will play defending national champion North Greenville (S.C.) University, the No. 6 seed, Friday at 1 p.m. to determine the pool champion. North Greenville has a 3-0 mark in pool play, but a King win would put the Tornado into the championship series that begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. Friday's contest will be the fifth time the two will play this season with the previous four won by North Greenville. King will look to win for the first time against North Greenville as the previous seven contest dating back to 2007 have gone to North Greenville. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, the No. 9 seed, secured the top spot in Pool A.
Mount Vernon scored eight runs in the first three innings to seize control early.
King scored three runs in the fifth with another in the sixth with a Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.) home run. Williams walked, was hit by a pitch and scored another run earlier in the contest.
The Tornado could only push across one run in the seventh.
King mustered six hits in all. The only other extra base hit from the Tornado bats came from Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) with a double. C. J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) walked twice. The Tornado left six runners on base in the contest.
Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.) tossed the first inning and suffered the loss. King sent five pitchers to the mound in the contest to share responsibilities.
Mount Vernon's Kyle Barr threw the entire game. He had five runs scored, three were earned. Barr, the NCCAA East Region Pitcher of the Year for 2011, mixed in 10 strikeouts over the seven innings.