April 20, 2013

Tornado drop pitcher's duel to Coker

BURLINGTON, N.C. – The King University softball team took on Coker College in a Conference Carolinas winners bracket game that turned into a pitcher's duel. Neither team could get any offense until Coker pushed across a run in the 12th inning to escape with a 1-0 victory.

Tornado pitcher Hannah Light had a perfect game through six innings. The Cobras (26-16) got their first base runner on an error in the seventh, and Jaclin Poole recorded their first hit later in the frame.

King (30-25) had opportunities to score in each the fourth and fifth innings, but Coker pitcher Breanna Skipper stranded the bases loaded on both occasions to keep the game scoreless.

Poole led off the Coker half of the 10th inning with a double and advanced to third, but Light got back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout to get out of the inning and give King a chance to win.

However, the Tornado could not push any runs across and the Cobras finally broke through in the 12th inning. Sydney Weatherford ripped a one-out double and Poole followed with a single up the middle to score her and give Coker a 1-0 lead.

Skipper then worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th inning to give Coker the 1-0 win and end King's 10-game winning streak.

Tori McComas led the Tornado offense, going 3-for-4 while Christina Melcher, Cassie Ringstaff, and Stephanie Rodriguez all recorded two hits apiece. The Tornado had 11 hits and stranded 12 runners in the game.

King takes on Pfeiffer at 8:00 p.m., in an elimination game.