Tornado split with Mansfield, take series

Photo: Danielle Stauffer
Photo: Danielle Stauffer

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a sweep on Saturday, the King University baseball team split with Mansfield University on Sunday to take the series 3-1. Mansfield took the first game 3-2 before King came from behind to take the nightcap 10-6.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Mansfield 3, King 2; King 10, Brevard 6
LOCATION: King Baseball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 7-4; Mansfield1-3

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Five Tornado record at least two hits on the day, including three with three hits.
  • J.P. Castaneda, Austin Dayton and Braden Cook all registered three hits on the day. Cook went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and drove in three in game two.
  • Cam Haymans registered a pair of hits in game two and scored a run while Tyler Bailey also recorded a pair of knocks and scored twice.

GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mansfield didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard, plating the game's first run in the top of the first inning.
  • A pair of walks started the frame and a Tanner Klein single through the left sided scored Dionel Infante, putting the Mounties on top.
  • In the second inning, Castaneda started a two-out rally with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cook then drove him in with a single to left, evening the tally.
  • The Mounties answered in the top of the third, plating a run on an error to regain the advantage.
  • In the bottom half of the inning, King evened the score again, this time it was Heath Loyd that ripped a double down the left field line that scored Nicolas Keister who walked earlier in the inning.
  • Peter Pena started the top of the fourth with a line drive home run down the left field line, giving the lead back to Mansfield.
  • Dayton tried to spark a seventh inning rally with a leadoff single, and Castaneda sacrificed him to second.
  • However, following a walk, the Mounties turned a double play, giving Mansfield the contest 3-2.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Evan McAndrew (1-0) 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Save: Joseph Deperno (1) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Losing Pitcher: Byron Ferguson (0-1) 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mansfield grabbed the lead in the top of the first inning again, plating a pair of runs on a bases loaded walk and wild pitch.
  • Dylan Sligh cut the Tornado deficit in half in the bottom half of the inning when he drove in Cook with a groundout.
  • Bailey drove in Castaneda in the second inning to even the score and Dayton gave King a 3-2 lead with a single that scored Preston Douglas in the third inning.
  • Nevertheless, Mansfield answered with four runs, three on a bases loaded double from Infante and another on a Klein single, giving the Mounties a 6-3 advantage in the middle of the fourth inning.
  • However, King answered in the bottom half of the inning as Haymans ripped a leadoff single and Bailey followed with a single.
  • Following a sacrifice bunt, Cook drove in a pair and Dayton later laced a single to left, scoring Cook to even the tally at 6-6 after four innings.
  • Brandon Leonard took the mound for the Tornado to get the final out of the fourth inning, and then tossed a 1-2-3 fifth frame to bring the King offense back to the plate.
  • Castaneda started the frame with a triple to get the rally going.
  • King then took advantage of three Mansfield defensive miscues as Castaneda scored on a ground ball that was misplayed by the defense. Pinch runner Zak Kitzmiller scored on a wild pitch before Cook drove in another, and added another on an error to take a 10-6 lead.
  • Leonard struck out the side in the sixth and worked around a leadoff double in the seventh to give King the 10-6 win and earn the first victory of his career.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Leonard (1-0) 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
Losing Pitcher: Ridge Walker (0-1) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Klein led Mansfield, going 5-for-7 with two doubles on the day, including 3-for-4 and driving in one in the nightcap.
  • Taylor Hillson was next for the Mounties, recording a pair of hits and scoring two runs on the day.
  • Infante scored three runs and drove in three on the day.

UP NEXT

  • The Tornado stay at home to face Tusculum College on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
  • Mansfield takes on Assumption College in Cary, N.C. on Saturday.
King splits with Erskine
March 25, 2017 King splits with Erskine
Big innings cost Tornado
March 11, 2017 Big innings cost Tornado
Big inning costs Tornado
February 24, 2017 Big inning costs Tornado
King-Tusculum postponed
February 22, 2017 King-Tusculum postponed