Tusculum comes back to top King

GREENVILLE, Tenn. – In game that was rescheduled three times, the King University baseball team quickly jumped ahead at Tusculum College on Thursday evening. However, the Pioneers scored in all but one inning to top the Tornado 9-5 in the non-conference affair.

Tyler Gaby sparked the King offense, reaching on an error to start the game. He later scored on a Josh Huffman double to center field. Steven Todoschuk and Carl Roberts both followed with run scoring singles to give the Tornado a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning.

Tusculum scored one run in the bottom of the first, and King matched it in the second inning. Jose Sola led off the second inning with a double and reached third on a ground out. Garrett Cook drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right field, and King (18-12) took a 5-1 lead.

However, Pioneer pitcher T.J. Miller settled in and shutdown the King offense while Tusculum (20-11) continued to chip away at the deficit. They scored twice in the second inning on a single by Vinny Ferrara and sacrifice fly from Jalen Schuffler. Matt Henriksen cut the Pioneer deficit to one with a solo home run in the third inning before Tusculum evened the score in the fourth inning with another sacrifice fly.

Tusculum took the lead for the first time in the sixth inning when Taylor Foster drove in Henriksen with a sacrifice fly. Ferrara followed with a run scoring single to stretch their advantage to 7-5. The Pioneers added runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take the game 9-5. Miller tossed five and one-thirds innings in relief to earn his second win of the year.

King had opportunities in the sixth and seventh innings, but stranded two runners in each frame. Gaby Huffman, Todoschuck, and Roberts led the offense with two hits apiece while Wes Houser earned the start on the mound and lasted five and two-thirds innings. House scattered 10 hits, giving up seven runs, only five earned. Mark Hode tossed two and one-thirds innings in relief, and gave up the final two runs on four hits.

King will be in action at home this weekend when they return to Conference Carolinas play, facing Erskine College. First pitch on Friday is slated for 2:30 p.m. while the teams will play a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.