Smith keeps Tornado alive with two-run single

BURLINGTON, N.C. – Following a marathon 12 inning loss, the King University softball faced Pfeiffer University in an elimination game. The Tornado finally broke into the scoring column in the sixth inning on a Hannah Smith single as King staved off elimination with a 2-0 victory.

Neither team was able to muster any offense as both pitchers kept the hitters off balance. King's Hannah Light started and allowed two hits in three innings of work while Morgan White relieved her and allowed two hits over the final four innings, earning her eighth win of the season.

Pfeiffer's Lindsey Russell was equally effective as she only allowed four hits in the game. King (31-25) finally broke through against Russell in the sixth inning. Aubree Hutt started the frame with a double to left field and Christina Melcher followed with an infield single. Fallon Thomas then walked to load the bases and bring Smith to the plate. The freshman took the second pitch she saw and ripped it into the left field to score Hutt and Melcher and give King the 2-0 lead. The runs also broke a 17 and two-thirds inning scoreless drought on the day for the Tornado, going back to the first game.

Four King players recorded hits to pace the Tornado offense while Smith drove in the game-winning runs.

The win eliminates Pfeiffer (21-28) from the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado will face another elimination game tomorrow when they face second seeded Mount Olive College at 11:00 a.m. in Burlington, N.C.