2014 Baseball News

  • Rhodes completes first season in professional baseball
    September 11, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the beginning of August, it was a dream come true for former King University baseball player Cory Rhodes. On August 6, the Kissimmee, Florida native signed a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. After traveling many miles, Rhodes made four outings for the Bristol Pirates, a minor league team for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Rhodes signs professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates
    August 06, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University baseball alum Cory Rhodes got the phone call every boy growing up playing baseball hopes to get. Last Friday the Pittsburgh Pirates, of Major League Baseball called Rhodes to inform him they were going to sign him to a professional contract.
  • King alum, Corr named USA Today National Coach of the Year
    July 09, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Jamie Corr lead his team to the ultimate goal, a state championship and picked up some individual hardware in the process. Corr is a 1996 graduate of King College, now King University, and was member of a successful Tornado baseball program. That foundation led Corr into coaching where he was recently named 2014 American Family Insurance Coach of the Year by USA Today.
  • King takes a pair of Conference Carolinas sportsmanship awards
    May 15, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the conclusion of each season, Conference Carolinas hands out the Messick Sportsmanship Awards for each sport, and King University earned a pair of these honors during the spring season. The Tornado baseball and women’s tennis teams both won the award for the 2013-14 season, marking the second and third King teams to earn the distinction this year.
  • Rhodes selected to Academic All-District Team
    May 01, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University baseball player Cory Rhodes continues to garner postseason accolades. After being selected to the all-Conference Carolinas second team, the all-Conference Carolinas Tournament team, and as an academic all-conference performer, Rhodes was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team this afternoon.
  • Trojans comeback to top King in Conference Carolinas title game
    April 27, 2014
    BURLINGTON, N.C. – Earlier in the day, the King University baseball team staved off elimination with a win over Barton. However, the Tornado couldn’t quite keep the momentum rolling in the championship game against the University of Mount Olive. The Tornado held the lead for most of the game before the lead changed hands multiple times over the last three innings. The Trojans plated runs in each of the final three innings, including the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning, taking the game 10-9.
  • Tornado slide into conference championship round
    April 27, 2014
    BURLINGTON, N.C. – Needing a win to advance to the championship of the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the King University baseball team used a three-run sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and went on to defeat Barton College by a score of 7-3 to earn the right to face the University of Mount Olive for the conference title.
  • Cieslewitz, Mullins power King past Erskine
    April 26, 2014
    BURLINGTON, N.C. – Behind an impressive pitching outing from Ryan Nichols in relief and home runs by Geoff Cieslewitz and Stephen Mullins, the fourth-seeded King University baseball team won its ninth straight game over No. 2 Erskine College and remained in the winner’s bracket of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
  • Tornado fall to Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas Tournament
    April 26, 2014
    BURLINGTON, N.C. – After winning its first two games of the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the King University baseball team lost to top-seeded and 12th-ranked University of Mount Olive 6-4 to fall into the loser’s bracket.
  • Conference Carolinas Tournament postponed to Saturday
    April 25, 2014
    BURLINGTON, N.C. – Due to strong weather moving through Burlington, the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament has been postponed until tomorrow. King University, the fourth seed will now take on second seeded Erskine College at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday. The Tornado will than play at either 5:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night depending on the result of the first game.
  • Gaby, Rhodes earn all-conference honors
    April 24, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – At its annual awards banquet on Thursday night, Conference Carolinas announced its all-conference baseball teams for the 2014 season. King University was well-represented, with senior outfielder Tyler Gaby named to the first team and senior pitcher Cory Rhodes earning second team honors.
  • Hooker's clutch hits lift King past Pfeiffer
    April 24, 2014
    BURLINGTON, N.C. – “Find a way”, the King University baseball team’s motto came through in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Burlington, N.C. The fourth seeded Tornado fell behind third seed Pfeiffer University early, but worked their way back into the ballgame by scoring in four the final five innings. Tom Hooker came up with a pair of clutch hits, including a two-out RBI single in the 10th to give King the 6-5 victory over the Falcons.
  • Gaby earns TSWA Player of the Week honors
    April 22, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University’s Tyler Gaby batted continued his stellar senior campaign a week ago leading the Tornado to a 4-0 week. He hit .562 for the week en route to being named Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week.
  • Rhodes named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week
    April 22, 2014
    BRISOL, Tenn. – Following a week where King University’s Cory Rhodes earned a save and complete game on the same day, he was honored by Conference Carolinas. The league named Rhodes as Conference Carolinas Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
  • Tornado seniors complete sweep of Barton
    April 19, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – A day after the King University baseball team clinched the fourth seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the Tornado honored their seniors, and went for the sweep of visiting Barton College. All 15 players that made an appearance in the game for the Tornado were seniors as King took a 7-5 victory behind a stellar start from Alexander Gonzalez on the mound.
  • Rhodes picks up save, complete game in sweep of Barton
    April 18, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the final Conference Carolinas series, the King University baseball team knew they needed at least two wins this weekend to clinch the fourth seed in the upcoming Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado got both of those wins on Friday, sweeping a doubleheader from Barton College behind a stellar pitching performance of Cory Rhodes.
  • Tornado bats come alive in 12-7 win over Tusculum
    April 16, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In its final nonconference matchup of the season, the King University baseball team avenged a February loss to local rival Tusculum College with a 12-7 win after falling behind 6-3 to the Pioneers in the early going.
  • King leads CC with 10 academic all-conference selections
    April 15, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – As we near the end of the regular season, Conference Carolinas has started to hand out awards. On Tuesday, the league announced their academic all-conference baseball team and King University led the league with 10 selections.
  • King at Lincoln Memorial is cancelled
    April 15, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With rain falling in northeast Tennessee, the King University baseball game at Lincoln Memorial has been cancelled. The game will not be rescheduled.
  • Weekend series with Barton altered
    April 15, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With this weekend being Easter weekend, the King University baseball series with Barton College has been altered. The Tornado and Bulldogs will play a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by a single game at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • King sweeps Limestone to clinch postseason bid
    April 12, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With its postseason fate hanging in the balance, the King University baseball team used a dominant offensive performance in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader and a complete-game effort from Cory Rhodes in the second to earn a three-game series sweep of Limestone College and clinch a bid to the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
  • Stanley's complete game lifts Tornado past Limestone
    April 11, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a contest where the start was pushed back nearly two hours, Reiss Stanley had a masterful performance on the mound for the King University baseball team. Facing one of Conference Carolinas’ best hitting teams, the senior kept the Limestone College offense off balance in his first career collegiate complete game, a 6-3 Tornado victory.
  • Bears come back to top Tornado
    April 08, 2014
    HICKORY, N.C. – The King University baseball team jumped out of conference to take on Lenoir-Rhyne University on Tuesday evening, and the Tornado grabbed an early lead over the Bears. However, Lenoir-Rhyne came storming back with seven runs in two innings to take the contest 9-3.
  • Erskine sweeps doubleheader to win series
    April 05, 2014
    DUE WEST, S.C. – After winning its opening game of this weekend’s conference series with Erskine College on Friday afternoon, the King University baseball team fell in both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader 7-5 and 14-6 to give the Flying Fleet the win in the series.
  • King holds off Erskine to take game one
    April 04, 2014
    DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University baseball team returned to Conference Carolinas play on Friday when they traveled to Erskine College. The momentum carried over from Wednesday’s win as the Tornado grabbed the lead in the second inning and used a solid outing by starting pitcher Cory Rhodes to take the first game of the series 6-5.
  • Cook's two home runs key King's 15-5 win over Carson-Newman
    April 02, 2014
    KODAK, Tenn. – Playing in the home of Minor League Baseball’s Tennessee Smokies, the King University baseball team put on a Major League offensive display at the plate, exploding for four runs each in the first and fourth innings to spark a 15-5 win over Carson-Newman University. The Tornado hit .422 as a team in the offensive outburst and forced the Eagles to use ten different pitchers in the game.
  • Bears top King 6-4
    April 01, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing their fourth game in three days, the King University baseball team hosted Lenoir-Rhyne University in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday afternoon. The Bears jumped out to a lead, but the Tornado came back to even the score, only to see Lenoir-Rhyne plate two runs in the eighth to take the contest 6-4.
  • Eighth inning leads Mount Olive to win over King
    March 31, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the series finale, the King University baseball team was locked in a pitcher’s duel with the University of Mount Olive on Monday afternoon. The Tornado broke through to take a lead in the seventh inning, but the Trojans responded with seven runs in the eighth inning to take the contest 8-2.
  • Mount Olive sweeps doubleheader from Tornado
    March 30, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The start of the King University baseball series against the University of Mount Olive may have been pushed back a couple days, but both teams came out ready to play in the first game Sunday's doubleheader. The score was tied a three after nine innings before the Trojans scored four runs in the 10th to take the game 7-3. The Mount Olive offense heated up on the cool day in game two, taking the contest 11-2.
  • Weekend series with Mount Olive altered
    March 27, 2014
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With rain in the impending forecast, the King University baseball team has altered their weekend series with the University of Mount Olive. The three game set will start with a 1:00 p.m., doubleheader on Sunday, and conclude with a single game on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
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