Early Pioneer runs top Tornado

Photo taken by Rachel Burrus

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King University took to the road to take on regional rival Tusculum College as they tried to get back in the win column on Tuesday evening. However, the Pioneers jumped on the Tornado early and often, scoring 13 runs in the first three innings en route to the 16-3 victory.

Tusculum (8-5) opened the game with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Their first run came on a bases loaded walk before Cody Andreychuk ripped a three-run double down the right field line. He later came in to score on a Chris Waylock double to give the Pioneers the early 5-0 lead.

The Tornado (3-12-1) threatened with a pair runners in the second inning, but they were both stranded before Tusculum struck for four more runs in the bottom of the frame. Scott Gibson drove in two with a single through the left side, and Andreychuck scored one with a sacrifice fly.

King got on the board in the third as J.D. Wallace ripped a two-out double down the right field line. He later scored on a Pioneer throwing error to pull King within 9-1. However, the Pioneers plated four more runs in the bottom of the third. Trey Drewery drove in a pair with a double to center field, and Gibson drove in two more with a single up the middle to stretch the lead to 13-1 after three innings.

In the fifth inning, Geoff Cieslewitz came up with a pair of runners on and ripped a double down the left field line to score both runners to make the score 13-3. Nevertheless, Tusculum plated a pair of runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to take the contest 16-3.

Wallace led the Tornado at the plate, going 3-for-4 while Cieslewitz drove in two runs.

King returns home on Saturday when they host Slippery Rock University in a doubleheader that is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. The three game set concludes on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.