King sweeps SVU to close out regular season
King struck first in the opening game with a pair of second inning scores. Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) used a RBI double to center to score Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) who led the inning off with a walk. Freeman then scored on Charlie Fields' (Knoxville, Tenn.) two-out double down the left field line.
Walker had a RBI single with two down in the third and Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) scored on the play. Snyder was on third after a single, stolen base and wild pitch.
No Tornado player posted a multi-hit effort in the contest, but Walker reached base in all three appearances, a single, two walks and he stole two bases.
King tore the base paths up with six steals, two by Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) and one for Snyder and C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) with Walker's two.
Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.) was scheduled for two innings in his start and he gave up a hit in each with two strikeouts to improve to 6-5. Alex Martin (Kingston, Tenn.) tossed the next two frames followed by Daniel Glenn (Pineville, N.C.) in the fifth. David Pritchard (Hamilton, Ohio) was responsible for four outs. Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.) finished the game with the final two outs.
For the Tornado pitchers it was the fifth shutout of the season and the first since the 7-0 win over Virginia Intermont College.
Brandon Alexander had two of Southern Virginia's five hits. Darrell Brown gave up two runs in the opening two innings as his record slipped to 7-4.
Southern Virginia struck first in game two thanks to four unearned runs in the opening inning. The first score was after a bases-loaded walk to Josh Linn. A sacrifice fly by Trager Hintze followed and then Barrett Price doubled into the left field corner for two scores. The frame got started as Dale Brown reached on a fielding error by Stabler.
King tied things up in the bottom of the first after Southern Virginia's Ed Greenhalgh walked the bases loaded. Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) singled through the left side for two scores and then Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) used a shallow single to right to tie the game.
A two-out single by Tyler Gaby found the hole through the left side in the King fourth inning to put the Tornado up 5-4. Fields scored on the play from third after he stole the base and a sacrifice by Brad Blanton (Ashland, Ky.) moved him to second. Gaby scored on Sndyer's double to left for an insurance run.
King's fourth-inning scores came off Mitch Mantle who went 2 2/3 innings in relief and gave up the two runs on four total hits. Mantle suffered the loss in the decision as his record slipped to 4-1.
Wesley Houser (Knoxville, Tenn.) tossed three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and run his record to 3-4. Houser scattered three hits in the outing.
Nick Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) got the last five outs in order for his first save of 2011.
Gaby, Snyder and Huffman all went 2-for-3. Gaby stole two bases as a part of the six in the contest for the Tornado. Mueller reached base twice with a hit and walk.
King will host the 2011 NCCAA Mid-East Region Championship that starts Tuesday. The Tornado won the 2010 NCCAA Mid-East Region Championship before going to the NCCAA Division I World Series. The finalized bracket will be announced Sunday.