Thomas Goes Granny on Falcons, Lady Tornado Take Two
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Fallon Thomas posted a four-hit, four-RBI day in a sweep over the Pfeiffer University Falcons. Thomas hit her first grand slam to drive the Falcons to a 4-0, game two win while Cora Milliken drove in three of the team's runs in their opening 6-3 victory. Sophomore pitcher Hannah Light earned two complete game victories.
GAME ONE: King 6, Pfeiffer 3
Freshman Cora Milliken (Jacksonville, Fla.) drove in three of the team's six runs against the Falcons in their opening win. Already up 1-0, Milliken hit a two-run double to right center to push Kendall Brabson and Cassie Ringstaff across the plate and go up three runs. Milliken came around to score on King's next at bat when Tiffany Harris hit a RBI double to go up 4-0 after the top of the third.
King added two more run in the next inning after Fallon Thomas (Bristol, Va.) hit her third base knock of the day, a double down the right field line, and Brabson walked to set up Ringstaff. The sophomore from Richlands, Va. hit the right center field gap for two bags and a RBI, scoring both of her teammates and giving the Lady Tornado a four-run lead. Milliken returned to the plate and drove Brabson home to put King up 6-1.
Hannah Light (Coeburn, Va.) earned her sixth win tossing seven innings and allowing three runs during game one. She struck out five Falcon hitters, including one in each of the first three innings and retired the Pfeiffer side in order three times in the win.
Ringstaff finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and two RBI. Milliken tallied three runs batted in and went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Thomas joined Ringstaff in the three-hit club, also going 3-for-4 on the day.
GAME TWO: King 4, Pfeiffer 0
One swing of the bat from Fallon Thomas decided the entire game. The sophomore hit her team-leading fifth home run, a grand slam in the third inning, to lead the Lady Tornado toward a 4-0 victory. Behind the pitching of Hannah Light, King evened up their Conference Carolinas record to 5-5 on the season.
King registered only four hits off of Pfeiffer pitcher Lindsey Russell, three as a part of the Lady Tornado's four-run inning. With one out in the top of the third, Stephanie Rodriguez and Christina Melcher hit back-to-back singles before Cora Milliken walked to load the bases for the sophomore catcher. Thomas blasted her fifth home run and her first career grand slam to clear the bases and put King up 4-0, a lead they rode all the way to their 16th win of the season.
Hannah Light (7-0) came back for her second game in the circle and put up an even stronger outing, again going went all seven innings in the win. She allowed only three hits and struck out two Falcons while only allowing one base runner past first base through the entire game. She retired Pfeiffer in order four times, including ten straight from the second to the bottom of the fifth innings.
King, now 16-10 overall, improved to 5-5 in conference play after taking two games from Pfeiffer. They will return for a four-game homestand beginning Tuesday, March 27, at the King College Softball Complex to play a doubleheader against Limestone College. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. They will host Concord on Thursday, March 29, at home before closing out the month against Queens (N.C.).