Offense Pounds Out 20 Runs in Two-Game Sweep
HARROGATE, Tenn. – Shane Timberlake had a flawless day at the plate while Cody Snyder and Tyler Gaby each collected four hits in the Tornado's sweep of Lincoln Memorial University on Wednesday. King College defeated the Railsplitters 9-7 and 11-5 and pounded out 26 hits in the road set.
GAME ONE: King 9, Lincoln Memorial 7 (F/7)
Lincoln Memorial took an early 5-0 lead after three innings before King began their comeback with a six-run fifth inning. Nick Pressley got on base after getting hit by a Daniel Glenn pitch to lead off the inning and later came around to score on John Saylor's single to left center field for a 1-0 lead. Joseph Horsley brought Saylor around with a RBI-double.
In the following inning, Andre Rodriguez plated one run on a double to right field and an error by third baseman Jarrod Payne allowed LMU's fourth run to score. A run-scoring single by Jerry Skeens capped off the inning and gave LMU a 5-0 lead after three.
King quickly took over with a six-run fifth inning in which the first six batters of the inning reached base and scored before an out was recorded. With runners on second and third, Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) hit a two-run triple to clear the bases before Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) hit his seventh home run of the season over the left field fence to bring the deficit to just one run, 5-4. Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) knocked home Cody Snyder of a flyout to left before Railsplitter pitcher Chris McCarter tossed his second of three wild pitches of the inning to cost his team the lead and put King up 6-5.
The Tornado quickly followed up with two runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 8-5 on RBI hits from Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) and Carl Roberts (Blountville, Tenn.). Timberlake's third hit of the game and a stolen base set up Snyder's run-scoring single to right field, followed by a double by Roberts.
Lincoln Memorial responded with a two spot in the sixth, but came no closer after Danny Laperna put up a RBI single to give the Tornado more cushion, 9-7.
Glenn (2-0) went 5.2 innings and earned his second win of the season, striking out three Railsplitters in the victory. Wesley Houser (Knoxville, Tenn.) earned the save, finishing the final 1.1 innings of the seven-inning affair, surrendering only one hit and striking out a pair in his relief effort.
GAME TWO: King 11, Lincoln Memorial 5 (F/7)
Josh Huffman began the offensive outburst in the Tornado's game two win over LMU with a grand slam in the second inning when trailing 1-0. After an error in the field and a Tyler Orndorff single, Jarrod Payne (Johnson City, Tenn.) pushed a run across the plate with a double to left center to tie the game. After Cody Snyder drew a walk to load the bases, Huffman cleared them out with out with one swing, blasting a shot over the left center field fence at Hennon Field. King took the 5-1 lead into the fourth inning.
Lincoln Memorial posted a run in both the fourth and fifth innings to draw within two runs, 5-3, before King put up four runs in the top of the fifth, plating the first four batters of the inning. Hunter Smith (Bristol, Tenn.) led off the inning with a double before Brandon Reed (Seymour, Tenn.) continued his hot hitting with his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot down the left field line to put King up by four. Stephen Mullins (Bluff City, Tenn.) and Tyler Gaby each hit RBI singles later in the inning to go up 9-3.
Gaby later helped King to two more runs in the top of the seventh with a run-scoring triple, scoring Tyler Orndorff, and later scoring on a wild pitch by Nick Morabito.
King sent four hurlers out to the mound to complete the 11-5 victory. David Pritchard earned his first win of the year, tossing three innings and allowing one run (unearned). Dustin Pannell and Brandon Houser each allowed two runs (all earned) in a combined three innings between them. Danny Laperna finished out the game with one scoreless inning of relief.
Shane Timberlake went a perfect 3-for-3 with two extra-base hits and two RBI in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader. Cody Snyder and Tyler Gaby each collected four hits, Gaby putting up a pair of extra-base hits and a pair of RBI, as well. J. HUFFMAN led the Tornado with five RBI on the day, four coming way of his grand slam in game two.
The Tornado improve to 14-9 overall with the sweep of the Railsplitters and will reenter Conference Carolinas play against St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Saturday, March 17, at the King College Baseball Complex. The Black Knights and the Tornado will start a doubleheader at TIME and conclude the series on Sunday, March 18.