GAFFNEY, S.C. – The King University baseball team capped a three-game sweep at Limestone College behind a white hot offense on Sunday afternoon. The Tornado plated 11 runs in the first three innings en route to the 13-8 victory.
King (23-15, 10-8 CC) started right where they left off yesterday, by plating three runs in the first inning. Steven Todoschuk opened the scoring with a double to right center that scored Tom Hooker, who walked earlier in the inning. Following an out, Hunter Smith laced single to right to score Todoschuk and Carl Roberts gave the Tornado a 3-0 lead with a double to score Smith.
The King offense opened the game up with eight runs in the third inning, starting with a Smith home run to left field. Garrett Cook then ignited a two-out rally with a single to right center, forcing a pitching change. Geoffrey Cieslewitz drove him in with a single to left center, and Tyler Gaby drove in two with a double to left center. Following a Todoschuk RBI single, Josh Huffman capped the scoring with a three-run home run to left field, giving King a commanding 11-0 lead.
Limestone (19-19, 7-13 CC) got on the board in the sixth with a Cooper Gunter two-run home run, but the Tornado answered in the seventh.
King plated two more runs, on a Gaby sacrifice fly, and the other on a Smith single to extend the lead to 13-2.
The Saints made things interesting in the eighth inning, plating six runs. Stephen Crowe drove in two with a double to right center, and John McDermott registered a two-run single to cut the deficit to 13-8 going to the ninth inning.
Chad Dixon worked a 1-2-3 ninth to give King the 13-8 win, and move the Tornado to 10-8 in conference play. Alex Gonzalez started on the hill for King and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out seven in six innings. Todoschuk and Smith both went 3-for-5 to lead the King offense while Smith, Huffman and Gaby all drove in three runs.
King will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Mars Hill College. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.