King ready to open 2017 campaign

Photo Credit: Earl Carter
Photo Credit: Earl Carter

GENERAL INFORMATION

Name – King University
City/Zip – Bristol, TN 37620
Enrollment – Approximately 2,900
Nickname – Tornado
Athletic Colors – Navy & Scarlet
School Colors – Blue & Gold
Home Facility – King Baseball Complex
Affiliation – NCAA Division II
Conference – Conference Carolinas
President – Mr. Alexander Whitaker
Athletic Director – David Hicks
Athletic Department Phone – (423) 652-4849
Athletic Department Fax – (423) 652-6041
Head Athletic Trainer – Shelia Crockett
Website – www.KingTornado.com

BASEBALL NCAA HISTORY

First Year NCAA Membership – 2010-11
Overall Record – 155-150-1 (.508)
Overall Conference Carolinas Record – 66-58 (.532)

COACHING STAFF

Head CoachBlaine Brown
Record at School, Years – 155-150-1 (.508), 6 seasons
Career Record, Years – 155-150-1 (.508), 6 seasons
Conference Carolinas Record, Years – 66-58 (.532), 6 seasons
Baseball Office Phone – (423) 652-6344
Associate Head Coach –
Luke Howard
Assistant Coaches
Andrew Montague, Nathan Helke

TEAM INFORMATION

Overall Record Last Year – 18-30
Conference Record / Finish – 10-17 / 7th
Starters Returning / Lost – 12 / 5
Letterwinners Returning / Lost
– 23 / 7

CONFERENCE CAROLINAS PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
- King was selected to finish sixth in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches' Poll

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Senior Ryan Sattz (second team All-Conference Carolinas, ranked eighth in Conference Carolinas with .379 batting average, 12th in league with seven home runs, had on base percentage of .428 and slugging percentage of .556, drove in 41 runs)
Junior Tyler Bailey (third on the team with batting average of .341, scored 24 runs, posted on base percentage of .386, 8-for-12 on stolen base attempts)
Senior Preston Douglas (scored 30 runs and drove in 32, batting average of .325 and slugging percentage of .534, had 15 doubles and five home runs)
Senior Dylan Sligh (hit .325, scored 20 runs and drove in 20, slugged .467 with five doubles and four home runs)
Senior Nicolas Keister (scored 22 runs, hit .313 with an on base percentage of .409, 5-for-6 on stolen base attempts)
Senior Anthony Hunt (hit .312 with 16 runs scored and 10 runs batted in, slugged .430 with eight doubles and one home run)
Redshirt junior Austin Dayton (drove in 36 runs and scored 23, second in the team with 16 doubles, ripped six home runs, hit .293 with slugging percentage of .500)
Senior Mark Hendricks (second on the team with a 5.32 earned run average, made 10 starts in 12 appearances, tossed four complete games)
Senior Mitch Stophel (made 13 appearances in relief, struck out 19 in 22 and two-thirds innings pitched)
Senior Gus Gill (made 10 starts in 15 appearances, had 6.97 earned run average, struck out 42 in 50 and one-thirds innings)
Senior P.J. O'Brien (made 11 appearances, six starts, tossed one complete game)

KEY PLAYERS LOST TO GRADUATION

Ryan Whitt (ABCA first team All-Southeast Region, second team All-Southeast Region NCBWA and D2CCA selection, first team All-Conference Carolinas, led lead with .430 batting average, .507 on base percentage and second with .686 slugging percentage, drove in 45 runs and scored 46)
Mark Hencken (second team All-Conference Carolinas, hit .335 with on base percentage of .412 and slugging percentage of .497, sixth in the league with 18 doubles)
Josh Stephens (started 29 games in 35 appearances, hit .274 and slugged .358, went 9-for-10 on stolen bases)
Nathan Helke (ranked third in Conference Carolinas with eight saves, made 18 appearances, one start, Led King with earned run average of 2.66)
Matt Jackson (made 10 starts and 14 appearances on the mound, went 3-5 with 6.04 earned run average)

NEWCOMERS

Miguel Deguzman, Miami, Fla. (Central Florida CC)
Reid Williams, Suffolk, Va. (Nansemond River HS)
Octavio Mirabal, Miami, Fla, (Central Florida CC)
Ethan Jenkins, Piney Flats, Tenn. (Tennessee HS)
Hunter Barbour, Union Hall, Va. (Franklin County HS)
Coby Sale, Henrico, Va. (Douglas Southall Freeman HS)
Preston Worrell, Independence, Va. (Grayson County HS)
Christian Lindsey, Jackson, Tenn. (South Side HS)
Ben Farlow, Onancock, Va. (Broadwater HS)
Evan Harof, Williamsville, N.Y. (Clarence HS)
Nick Carroll, Christiansburg, Va. (Christiansburg HS)
Bubba Ruiz, Norfolk, Va. (Cleveland State CC)
Matt Henshaw, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Cleveland State CC)

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

- King opens the season with a pair of doubleheaders at Brevard College on February 4-5.
- The Tornado play their home opener on February 18 and 19 when they host Mansfield University.
- King opens Conference Carolinas play on February 24-25 at Belmont Abbey College.
- The Conference Carolinas Baseball Championship is scheduled for April 27-30 at Burlington Athletic Stadium in Burlington, N.C.

ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Athletic Communications – Travis Chell, tlchell@king.edu
Athletic Communications Office Phone – (423) 652-6368
Chell Cell Phone – (715) 431-0253
Athletic Communications Fax – (423) 652-6041
Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant – Ryan Whitt, sportsinfo@king.edu
Athletic Communications Mailing Address – 1350 King College Rd., Bristol, TN 37620