April 26, 2011

Split for King Softball on Senior Day

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College closed out the 2011 softball regular season with a home split against North Greenville (S.C.) University Tuesday as the Lady Tornado won 9-0 in the opener before an 8-5 setback in the finale.

King's regular season comes to an end at 13-27 while North Greenville has a 16-23 record after the day.

Tiffany Brand (Knoxville, Tenn.) ended game one with King's first home run at the on-campus field which was a grand-slam blast down the left field line with two outs and two strikes on her in the bottom of the fifth. For Brand it was her second home run of the season and after the game she has 10 RBIs on the season.

In all King scored seven runs in the fifth as all nine players went to the plate. Cassie Ringstaff (Richlands, Va.) had a RBI single to right and then the ball rolled to the fence and Aubree Hutt (Bristol, Va.) scored. Ringstaff later scored on a RBI single from Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.). The other run, Brabson, scored on Shauna Haga (Blountville, Tenn.) single through the left side before Brand's home run.

Hutt and Ringstaff both scored two times while Ringstaff finished 2-for-3.

Samantha Watts (Nashville, Tenn.) gave up a lead-off hit to Marielena Santos and that was the lone North Greenville hit in the contest. She mixed in four strikeouts in the five innings as her record improved to 7-14. It was her second straight shutout and third of the season.

North Greenville's Taylor Roof gave up nine runs, seven earned, on seven hits. She struck out seven and walked four more.

The Lady Tornado's nine scores in game one gave King 11 games with seven or more runs this season and King has won each contest.

In game two Stephanie Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) hit her fourth home run of the season in the bottom of the first. Haga was on base after her single to start the frame. Mueller's home run made the score 3-2 after the visitors scored in the top of the first. Emily Campbell had a two-out single to drive in the last two runs. Roof had a RBI single earlier in the inning.

Mueller would go onto finish 2-for-4 with four RBIs thanks to a two-run single in King's three-run fourth.

North Greenville made the score 4-2 with another unearned run in the top of the second. A four-run fourth gave North Greenville an 8-2 advantage. Once again all four runs were unearned.

King got three runs in the home half of the fourth, two on Mueller's single and Brittney Watson (Morristown, Tenn.) scored on a bases loaded fielder's choice off Haga's bat.

The Lady Tornado kept fighting leaving six runners on base in the final three innings, including the bases loaded in the fifth, but could not score.

Watts started game two and threw the first inning in which North Greenville posted the three unearned runs on as many hits. She walked one and added a strikeout.

Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) tossed the final six innings and was hit for five unearned runs on four hits.

Hutt came into the game and went 2-for-2 with a walk.

In all King had seven errors in the game.

North Greenville's Courtney Campbell finished the game with the final 3 2/3 innings without allowing a run. She gave up a pair of hits, walked three and struck out one to earn the victory.

Santos and Roof each had two hits. Santos and Kimberly Robertson scored two runs apiece.

King will wait to see if a bid to the NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament will come. Last season the Lady Tornado played in the event before moving on to the NCCAA World Series, King's first national tournament appearance.