2014 Softball News
July 31, 2014
Testa hires Cockerham as assistant coach
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head softball coach Jenn Testa has concluded her search for an assistant coach following the departure of Travis McCall who took the head coaching position at Coker College. Joining Testa in the third base dugout this season will be Jake Cockerham, who is no stranger to King athletics.
July 7, 2014
Ringstaff, Henry named Scholar Athletes of the Year
BRISTOL, Tenn. – As Conference Carolinas continues to hand out awards from the spring season, King University student-athletes keep getting honored. Both Cassie Ringstaff (softball) and Maegan Henry (women’s track and field) were named Conference Carolinas Scholar Athletes of the Year for their respective sports.
June 4, 2014
McCall named softball head coach at Coker
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Assistant softball coach Travis McCall has been an integral part of King University’s transition into NCAA Division II and Conference Carolinas. Earlier this week, it was announced that he will become the next head coach at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.
May 13, 2014
Light earns Daktronics Southeast Region honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Senior softball pitcher Hannah Light continues to win awards after the completion of her career. On Tuesday, Light was named to the Daktronics Southeast Region second team for the second consecutive season after leading the Tornado to a runner-up finish at the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
May 1, 2014
Ringstaff named Academic All-District
BRISTOL, Tenn. – After wrapping up her senior season of play by earning first team all-conference accolades and helping the Tornado to a runner-up finish in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, King University softball player Cassie Ringstaff was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team this afternoon.
April 27, 2014
Mount Olive defeats King 11-3 for second straight Conf Carolinas title
BURLINGTON, N.C. – After King University defeated Limestone College in an elimination game, they came right back to take on the University of Mount Olive for the second time in three games in the Conference Carolinas Softball Tournament Championship game. However, Carly White pitched the Trojans to their second tournament title in as many years while Mount Olive offense erupted for 11 runs in their 11-3 victory over the Tornado.
April 27, 2014
Thomas' blast lifts King past Limestone in extras
BURLINGTON, N.C. – The top two teams in Conference Caroilnas squared off in an elimination game on Sunday morning the conference tournament, and both pitchers were up to the task, Limestone College’s Kelly Shearer, and Hannah Light for King University. The duo combined to allow just eight combined hits, and no runs through the first seven innings. In the eighth, Fallon Thomas broke through for the Tornado, crushing a three-run home run to left field. Light made that standup in the bottom of the inning, keeping King alive in the tournament.
April 26, 2014
Trojans capitalize on Tornado miscues to advance to CC title game
BURLINGTON, N.C. – When the Conference Carolinas Tournament started on Friday all the teams were playing for a chance to play for a championship, and when second seed King University faced fourth seed University of Mount Olive, one team was going to be one step closer to that goal. The Trojans took advantage five King miscues to remain undefeated in the tournament with the 4-1 victory.
April 26, 2014
Light twirls two-hit shutout, leading King past Pfeiffer
BURLINGTON, N.C. – In a Conference Carolinas Tournament winner’s bracket game that was supposed to take place a day prior, the second seeded King University softball team advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over sixth seed Pfeiffer University. Tornado pitcher tossed her second shutout in as many games in the tournament while Fallon Thomas and Octavia Lewis-Rand delivered the offense for King.
April 25, 2014
Light's shutout leads King past Barton
BURLINGTON, N.C. – In a game that took nearly five hours to complete, the King University softball team outlasted Barton College in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado plated a pair of unearned runs in the final two innings to take the contest 2-0.
April 24, 2014
Light named pitcher of the year, six Tornado earn all-conference honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team may have come up just short of their second consecutive Conference Carolinas regular season title, but the Tornado had six players honored by the league when they handed out their all-conference awards at a banquet on Thursday night. Hannah Light headlined this group, being named the league’s pitcher of the year for the second consecutive season. Fallon Thomas, Tori McComas and Cassie Ringstaff all joined Light on the all-conference first team while Hannah Smith and Samantha Cole garnered second team honors.
April 15, 2014
Thomas, Ringstaff named academic all-conference
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Now that most conference teams have completed their regular season schedule, Conference Carolinas has announced their academic all-conference teams. The King University softball team placed two student-athletes on the academic All-Conference Carolinas team when the honorees were announced Tuesday by the conference office.
April 13, 2014
King's NCAA-record four twin killings highlights sweep of Barton
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team wrapped up its regular season with a series sweep of Barton College on Sunday afternoon in league play, using a series of stellar defensive plays to tie an NCAA record with four double plays in the afternoon’s second contest.
April 12, 2014
Saints late runs lead to sweep of King
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team hosted Limestone College in a doubleheader that could have implications on Conference Carolinas seeding as the league wraps up regular season play in the coming weeks. Both games were close until the late innings when the Saints went ahead in the sixth inning of both games. Limestone took the first game 4-0 before the second game went to extra innings with Limestone taking a 2-1 victory for the sweep.
April 9, 2014
Tornado fall to Cobras at Stateline Classic
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With a pair of Conference Carolinas doubleheaders awaiting this weekend, the King University softball team jumped out of conference to take on crosstown rival Virginia Intermont College at the Stateline Classic hosted at Whitetop Park. The Cobras jumped ahead in the second inning, and that was all pitcher Micalah Sacre needed as Virginia Intermont took the contest 3-1.
April 8, 2014
Light takes second straight CC Pitcher of the Week award
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive week, King University softball pitcher Hannah Light has been honored by Conference Carolinas. The senior was named the league’s pitcher of the week after leading the conference-leading Tornado to a 4-2 week.
April 6, 2014
Delffs records six RBI in King's sweep of Mount Olive
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Behind a career day from right fielder Cheyenne Delffs, the King University softball team swept the University of Mount Olive7-2 and 6-0 on Sunday afternoon to retain its lead in the Conference Carolinas standings.
April 3, 2014
18th rank Bears sweep Tornado in extra innings
HICKORY, N.C. – The King University softball team put their 10-game winning streak on the line when they traveled to take on the 18th ranked team in the country, Lenoir-Rhyne University. The Bears snapped the Tornado streak with a 6-0 win in game one before the teams squared off in a pitcher’s duel in the nightcap. King held a 2-1 lead after the top of the eighth, but Lenoir-Rhyne plated two runs in the bottom of the extra frame to take the contest 3-2.
April 1, 2014
King's winning streak reaches 10 games with sweep of North Greenville
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – Equaling its longest winning streak since April 2013, the King University softball team swept Conference Carolinas foe North Greenville University, taking an extra innings affair in the first game before erasing a 3-0 deficit in the second to secure a 10-game winning streak and move into first place in the league standings.
April 1, 2014
Light's perfect week leads to Conference Carolinas Weekly Award
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a 6-0 week for the King University softball team, pitcher Hannah Light was recognized by Conference Carolinas for her stellar performance. Light was selected as Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week registering 32 strikeouts and winning all six contests for the Tornado.
March 30, 2014
Tornado push winning streak to eight with sweep of Lees-McRae
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team continued its winning ways on Sunday afternoon, picking up a pair of 10-2 wins over Conference Carolinas rival Lees-McRae College that has the Tornado in a tie for second place in the league standings.
March 29, 2014
King-Lees-McRae to start at 3:00 on Sunday
BRISTOL, Tenn. - With rain in the forecast for Sunday morning, the King University softball doubleheader against Lees-McRae has been pushed back to a 3:00 p.m. start.
March 27, 2014
King-North Greenville doubleheader rescheduled
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball doubleheader that was scheduled for Saturday at North Greenville has been postponed due to rain in the forecast. The twinbill has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Tigerville, S.C.
March 26, 2014
Light leads Tornado to sweep at Belmont Abbey
BELMONT, N.C. – The King University softball team continued their hot streak of late, sweeping a doubleheader at Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey College. King fell behind early in game one, but they rebounded behind the stellar pitching performance from Hannah Light, taking the sweep with a 3-1 win in game one, and 3-1 victory in the nightcap.
March 24, 2014
Light's two gems lead King to sweep over Newberry
NEWBERRY, S.C. – After sweeping a doubleheader against Bloomsburg University in Bristol on Friday afternoon, the King University softball team continued its winning ways by sweeping a twinbill at nonconference foe Newberry College on Monday, winning both games 1-0 behind a pair of stellar pitching performances by Hannah Light and an unearned run in each contest.
March 22, 2014
Sunday's doubleheader postponed
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The softball doubleheader between King University and Newberry College that was scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been postponed. The double dip has been rescheduled for 2:00 p.m., on Monday at Newberry.
March 21, 2014
Lewis-Rand leads King to doubleheader sweep of Bloomsburg
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In desperate need of wins to snap a five-game losing streak, the King University softball team picked up a pair of hard-fought victories in a doubleheader sweep of Bloomsburg University, taking decisions of 2-0 and 3-2 over the visitors from Pennsylvania.
March 15, 2014
King drops pair of pitcher's duels at Pfeiffer
MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University softball team returned to Conference Carolinas play on Saturday afternoon, taking on Pfeiffer University in a doubleheader. The teams played a pair of pitcher’s duels, but the Tornado came up on the short end of both. The Falcons took game on 2-1 with a sixth inning run before winning the nightcap 1-0.
March 13, 2014
King swept by Tusculum in home doubleheader
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Unable to overcome its own mistakes, the King University softball team fell in both ends of a doubleheader to Tusculum College by allowing six unearned Pioneers runs on the afternoon.
March 12, 2014
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball doubleheader against Carson-Newman University scheduled for Wednesday afternoon has been postponed due to rain. A makeup date has not been announced at this time.
March 11, 2014
Light earns second CC Pitcher of the Week award
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University softball pitcher Hannah Light turned in another solid performance last week, earning Conference Carolinas Picher of the Week honors. The senior started seven of King’s eight games a week ago, posting a 4-3 record in those contests.
March 10, 2014
Tornado pick up three conference weekly awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University took home three Conference Carolinas weekly awards last week when the league announced their winners on Monday. Softball’s Chrissy Melcher and Mariana Hosomi and Rodrigo Avila of the Tornado tennis teams were named Conference Carolinas Players of the Week for the week ending Monday, March 3.
March 9, 2014
King splits second day of Captain D's Classic
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The King University softball team wrapped up play at the Captain D’s Classic with a split against the same two teams they played on Saturday. The Tornado used three first inning runs to defeat Kentucky Wesleyan College 4-2, before falling to #10 University of North Georgia 1-0 in the nightcap.
March 8, 2014
Tornado split day one of Captain D's Classic
DAHLONEGA, Ga. – After a splitting four games earlier in the week, the King University softball opened play at the Captain D’s Classic hosted by the University of North Georgia. The Tornado dropped the first game to the 10th-ranked host 5-1 on a walk-off grand slam before bouncing back to take the nightcap with 1-0 win over Kentucky Wesleyan.
March 6, 2014
Hawks take doubleheader sweep from King
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off a pair of wins Wednesday, the King University softball schedule didn’t get any easier when the Tornado hosted Shorter University on Thursday afternoon. The first game was tied before the Hawks scored eight unanswered to take game one 11-3, before sweeping the twinbill with an 11-0 win in the nightcap.
March 5, 2014
Lewis-Rand gives King sweep over Wingate
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team finally returned home on Wednesday afternoon, and avenged an early season loss with a sweep of Wingate University. King took the first game 5-0 before Octavia Lewis-Rand gave the Tornado a sweep with a double in the bottom of the seventh in game two to give King the 2-1 victory.
March 4, 2014
Melcher takes second straight TSWA weekly award
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive week, King University’s Chrissy Melcher has been named Tennessee Sports Writers Association Softball Player of the Week. The junior posted a .588 batting average last week, ripping four doubles and a home run.
March 2, 2014
USC Aiken takes pair from King
AIKEN, S.C. – A day after the King University softball team opened conference play with a split, the Tornado jumped back out of conference to take on USC Aiken. The Pacers got a stellar pitching performance en route to a 4-0 game one victory, and took the second game 7-6 on walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning.
March 1, 2014
King opens conference play with split at Erskine
DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University softball team opened Conference Carolinas play on Saturday at Erskine College and the Tornado offense continued to play at a high level. The Tornado plated runs in each of the first two innings of game one before breaking open the 9-2 win with five runs in the sixth inning. However, the Flying Fleet offense awoke in game two, taking the split with a 13-8 victory.
February 27, 2014
Tornado offense stymied by Sacre in loss to Cobras
BRISTOL, Va. – In a game that was added to the schedule yesterday, the King University women’s softball team took cross-town rival Virginia Intermont College on Thursday afternoon. The Tornado grabbed the early lead in the first inning, but the Cobras plated a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take the contest 2-1.
February 26, 2014
Tornado add game against Virginia Intermont
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team has added a game to their schedule. The Tornado will face cross-town rival Virginia Intermont College on Thursday, February 27. First pitch from Virginia Intermont is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
February 25, 2014
Melcher takes Conference Carolinas Player of the Week award
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chrissy Melcher has added another award this week as she was named Conference Carolinas Softball Player of the Week. The junior capped her stellar week in amazing fashion, only making five outs as she led King to a 5-0 record at the Pioneer Classic over the weekend.
February 25, 2014
Melcher, Light sweep TSWA softball awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off a 5-0 weekend at the Tusculum College Pioneer Classic, King University swept the Tennessee Sports Writers’ Association Softball Players of the Week awards. Chrissy Melcher was named the TSWA Softball Player of the Week, and Hannah Light earned pitcher of the week honors.
February 23, 2014
King caps 5-0 weekend with win over UVa-Wise
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King University softball was able to avenge a pair of losses earlier this week as they capped play at the Pioneer Classic with a 5-1 win over UVa-Wise. The Tornado rolled through the tournament with a 5-0 mark to improve their overall record back to .500.
February 22, 2014
King wins two games at Pioneer Classic
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Coming off its second top-25 win of the season among a pair of victories in the Pioneer Classic on Friday, the King University softball team continued its winning ways with wins over Mercyhurst University and East Stroudsburg University on Saturday to pull within a game of .500 on the young season.
February 21, 2014
Light, Thomas lead King to day-one sweep at Pioneer Classic
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – For the second time this season, the King University softball team took down a ranked opponent. The Pioneer Classic may have started two hours late, but the Tornado defeated #23 Kutztown University 5-2 in the opening game of the tournament on Friday night. The nightcap against East Stoudsburg University didn’t disappoint either as Fallon Thomas ripped a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to give King the 6-2 win to sweep the first day of the tournament.
February 21, 2014
Start of Pioneer Classic pushed back
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team opens play at the Pioneer Classic, hosted by Tusculum College, this afternoon against #23 Kutztown University and East Stroudsburg University. However, the Tornado will have wait two more hours than originally scheduled to open play. After all the rain that fell last night and this morning, King will now face Kutztown at 6:00 p.m., and East Stroudsburg at 8:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.
February 19, 2014
Tornado swept by Lincoln Memorial
HARROGATE, Tenn. – Fresh off a sweep at the hands of UVa-Wise in Bristol on Tuesday afternoon, the King University softball team fell to Lincoln Memorial University in a pair of nonconference games by scores of 3-2 and 8-0.
February 18, 2014
UVa-Wise stymies King offense in doubleheader
BRISTOL, Tenn. – It may have taken a week, but the King University softball team finally played their home opener on Wednesday. However, their opponent, UVa-Wise spoiled the occasion as the Cavaliers swept the doubleheader, 4-0 and 4-2 from the Tornado.
February 16, 2014
King-UVa-Wise doubleheader postponed until Tuesday
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Due all the snow that fell last week, the King University softball doubleheader against UVa-Wise has been postponed again. The double-dip has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the King Softball Complex on the King University campus.
February 12, 2014
King softball scheduled rearranged
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With all the snow that has fallen on the east coast, the King University softball team has made some changes to their schedule. Both of King’s doubleheaders scheduled for this weekend have been postponed as well as Tuesday’s double-dip with Lincoln Memorial University.
February 11, 2014
Light named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University pitcher Hannah Light started off her senior season on high note last weekend, and was selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Softball Pitcher of the Week. Light tossed a pair of shutouts at the Cougar Classic, including a season-opening win over #25 Columbus State University.
February 9, 2014
King drops final two games of Cougar Classic
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The King University softball team wrapped up play at the Cougar Classic with a pair of tough games against Wingate University and Pfeiffer University. The Tornado had an early lead against Wingate, but the Bulldogs came back to take the contest 5-4 early Sunday morning. In the nightcap, Pfeiffer plated four runs in the fourth en route to the 5-2 victory.
February 8, 2014
Tornado split day two of Cougar Classic
COLUMBUS, Ga. – The King University softball team continued play at the Cougar Classic on Saturday and split a pair of games. The Tornado fell to Lincoln Memorial University 9-1, but bounced back to defeat Tusculum College 4-0 behind Hannah Light’s second shutout in as many starts this season.
February 7, 2014
Light, Melcher lead King to first win over ranked team
COLUMBUS, Ga. – An experienced King University softball team made history in the 2014 season opener at #25 Columbus State University on Friday afternoon. Hannah Light came within two outs of a no hitter and Chrissy Melcher ripped a two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Tornado the 2-0 win, their first win over a nationally ranked team since becoming NCAA Division II members in 2010.
February 5, 2014
Tornado eye third Conference Carolinas title
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their second season as Conference Carolinas members, the King University took home their second conference title, winning the 2013 regular season championship. The Tornado have nearly everyone back from last year’s squad, and were selected to finish second in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
February 4, 2014
King 2014 softball camps announced
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University head softball coach Jenn Testa has announced the dates for the softball camps this summer. There will be four sessions, two youth skills camps, pitcher/catcher camp and an advanced skills camp. All the camps will take place during the month of June.
December 13, 2013
Tornado ink three players in early signing period
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the early signing period complete, King University head softball coach Jenn Testa announced the signing of three players to join the Tornado for the 2014-15 season. Amanda Sports, Diamond Snow Callwood and Lauren Rowsey all inked National Letters of Intent to play their college softball at King.
September 24, 2013
King hosts pair of softball camps this fall
BRISTOL, Tenn. – It’s never too late or too early to be thinking about softball. This fall, King University will be hosting a pair of camps, first the Fall Camps at King University on October 20 and 27. The Tornado will then co-host the East Tennessee Fall Softball Showcase at Tusculum College on November 10.