MASON, Ohio – An early deficit proved too much for King College, the No. 10 seed, to overcome as North Greenville (S.C.) University won the final game of Pool B by the score of 11-2 at the NCCAA Division I World Series Friday.King's season comes to an end at 28-25, the fifth straight year with at least 28 wins for the Tornado program. North Greenville, the No. 6 seed and defending national champion, went to 37-15 and will play No. 9 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 7:30 p.m. in the first game of the championship series Friday.
The Tornado ended pool play with a 2-2 record and tied for second with Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University and the Master's (Calif.) College. North Greenville went through undefeated while Judson (Ill.) University was 0-4 in Pool B.
North Greenville sent eight batters up to the plate in the top of the first to get four early runs to seize control. The defending national champion got two more in the third thanks to a pair of triples. Two more scores were posted in the fourth. A three-run fifth padded the margin for North Greenville.
King got onto the scoreboard with a pair of fifth-inning scores with the first coming as Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) reached on an error and Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.) came home. Williams was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. Pinch-hitter Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) delivered a RBI single to left and Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) came in to score.
Walker singled to center in the same inning and on the play courtesy runner Caleb Correll (Cincinnati, Ohio) was caught between third and home for the first out.
Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) got King's first hit of the game, a single in the second and he singled to start the fifth. C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) added a single in the fourth with another in the sixth for two hits in his final two collegiate at bats.
Sean Willingham went five-plus innings for North Greenville with a 2-1 record after the game. He gave up the two runs on seven hits with two strikeouts.
Danny Laperna (Lake Worth, Fla.) started and went 3 1/3 innings. He gave up eight runs, six earned, on 11 hits. An intentional walk and three strikeouts was a part of his outing as his record went to 5-5.
Eight of North Greenville's starters had at least one hit in the contest paced by Adam Taylor's 4-for-4 effort. He scored three times, drove in two more and had two doubles. David Frazier and Andrew Lawrence both added three hits apiece.
Friday's game was the fifth time the two met this season with all going to North Greenville.