MARS HILL, N.C. – The King University baseball stayed hot in their non-conference game at Mars Hill College on Tuesday afternoon. The Tornado fell behind early, but came back with six runs in the fourth inning en route to the 14-8 victory.
Mars Hill (10-27) got on the board in the second inning on a Matt May two-run home run. The Lions tacked on one more to take a 3-0 lead after three innings.
However, the King offense heated up in the fourth inning. Tyler Gaby started the inning with a walk, and Steven Todoschuk followed with a single through the left side. After a pitching change and an out, Carl Roberts crushed a three-run home run down the right field line to even the score. Garrett Cook made it back-to-back bombs with a home run to left center, giving the Tornado (24-15) the lead. Logan Schmidt extended the lead with a two-run double down the left field line later in the inning.
With runners on second and third in the fifth inning, Anthony McCoy laced a double to right field that score both run and push King's lead to 8-3. The advantage stretched to nine runs after the Tornado plated four more runs in the sixth inning. Geoffrey Cieslewitz recorded a single up the middle that scored Todoschuk and Gaby.
King extended the lead to 14-3 with two runs in the top of the ninth inning before the Lions tried to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning. Mars Hill scored five runs before Chad Dixon came in to record the final out and give the Tornado the 14-8 victory.
Wes Houser got the start on the hill and allowed three runs on six hits in five an two-thirds innings. Roberts, Schmidt and McCoy all drove in three runs and two hits while Jose Sola also chipped in with a pair of hits.
The Tornado return home to face Tusculum College at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.