Tornado come back to split at Mars Hill

Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

MARS HILL, N.C. – The King University traveled to Mars Hill University for a nonconference doubleheader on Monday and came away with a split. The Lions used solid pitching performance to take game one while the King offense erupted to take the nightcap 13-5.

FINAL SCORE: Mars Hill 4, King 0; King 13, Mars Hill 5
LOCATION: Henderson Field; Mars Hill, N.C.
RECORDS: King 11-15; Mars Hill 15-15


  • J.P. Castaneda led the way offensively, going 4-for-7 on the day, including 4-for-5 in game two with four runs a batted in.
  • Austin Dayton drove in five runs, going 2-for-3 in game two.
  • In game two, Cam Haymans registered three hits and scored a pair of runs.


  • The opening contest was tight, but the Lions broke through in the second inning when Devin Mangum ripped a two-out double. He later scored on an infield single, putting the Lions on top.
  • Mars Hill added another run in the third inning, starting the frame with back-to-back singles. King then turned a double play, but a run scored, stretching the Lion lead to 2-0 after three innings.
  • Christian Stampler started the Mars Hill fourth with a double and later scored on a hit by pitch. The Lions added another on a sacrifice fly, taking a 4-0 advantage.
  • The Tornado couldn't get the offense going, only getting four bases runners on the day, two hits and two walks at the Lions took the game 4-0


Winning Pitcher: Troy Hall (1-2) 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
Losing Pitcher: Mark Michael (0-1) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO


  • Mars Hill grabbed the lead again in game two when Matt Honeycutt laced a two-run home run to left center in the bottom of the first inning.
  • Castaneda chipped into the Lions' lead with a home run in the third inning, and the Tornado took the lead in the fourth frame.
  • Dylan Sligh evened the score with a sacrifice fly, scoring Preston Douglas. Heath Loyd worked a bases loaded walk to score one and Dayton made it a 5-2 Tornado lead with a two-run single.
  • The Lions evened the score with three unearned runs in the fifth inning, the final two on a Harrison Keslar home run.
  • However, the Tornado offense responded in the sixth inning, erupting for five runs. Loyd worked another bases loaded walk before Dayton drove in one with a sacrifice fly.
  • Castaneda laced a two-run double to left center and Douglas made it a 10-5 Tornado lead with a single up the middle.
  • The Tornado tacked on three runs in the seventh inning, two on a Dayton single and another on a Castaneda infield single.
  • Mitch Stophel made that standup, tossing a perfect bottom of the seventh with three strikeouts, giving King the 13-5 victory.


Winning Pitcher: Brandon Barbour (1-0) 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO
Losing Pitcher: Alan Kolb (1-1) 0.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO


  • Daniel Vitello led the way for Mars Hill with three hits on the day, going 2-for-3 in game one.
  • Devin Mangum went 2-for-2 and scored a pair of runs in the opening game.
  • Honeycutt and Keslar both drove in a pair in the nightcap and Hunter Merrill had a pair of hits in game two.


  • King returns home to take on Erskine College in a Conference Carolinas series this weekend. The series starts at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and concludes with a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Mars Hill hosts Newberry College in a South Atlantic Conference series on Friday and Saturday.