April 25, 2013

King places five on All-Conference Carolinas team

BRISTOL, Tenn. – During the first day of the Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament, the conference awarded their all-conference performers. King University's Steven Todoschuk, Josh Huffman, Garrett Cook, Tyler Gaby and Cory Rhodes all earned second team honors.

Todoschuk, finished fourth on the team with a batting average of .316. The junior from Stoney Creek, Ontario showed a good eye at the plate this season, working 27 walks to rank second in Conference Carolinas. He was one of four King players to hit at least 10 doubles, ranking third on the team with 10. His 43 hits also ranked him in third while his three triples led the team. Todoschuk also hit four home runs, ranking him fourth among Tornado.

Huffman was one of three Tornado to lead the team with seven home runs. The Lynchburg, Va., native ranked fourth in the conference with 26 walks and eighth with seven home runs. His 43 hits also ranked third on the team. Defensively, the senior threw out 14 potential base stealers to rank third in Conference Carolinas. Huffman led the team with a slugging percentage of .569, and hit .314 this season.

A junior from Luray, Va., Cook ranked fifth in the conference with 45 runs batted in, which also led the Tornado. Cook also ranked in the conference's top-10 in runs and home runs with 43 and seven, respectively. Those seven home runs were also tied for the team lead, as well as his 12 doubles. He ranked second on the team with 51 hits, and .302 with a slugging percentage of .509 for the season. Cook led the Tornado with 13 stolen bases.

Gaby led the Tornado with 57 hits, and ranked second with a batting average of .343. The Bristol, Tenn., native ranked fifth on the team with nine doubles and second with two triples. He also ranked third on the team with 37 runs batted in and 17 walks. Gaby was also named second team all-conference a season ago.

Rhodes led the Tornado in both ERA and strikeouts, both of which ranked in the conference's top-10. The junior's earned run average of 3.54 ranked 10th in the league while his 51 strikeouts landed him ninth. The Kissimmee, Fla., native logged the third most innings among Tornado at 53 and one-thirds. This marks the second time Rhodes has been honored by Conference Carolinas as he earned second team honors last season.

King will face second seed, Coker College at 7:00 p.m., on Friday at the Conference Carolinas Tournament.