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.
Lewis-Rand sparked the offense in the third inning of game one with when she led off the inning with a walk. Tori McComas then sacrificed her to second before she scored on an error. Stephanie Rodriguez followed with a bunt single that scored Chrissy Melcher who was on third base to give King a 2-0 lead.
The Tornado (10-11) struck for another run on a Cheyenne Delffs double in the fourth before putting the game out of reach in the sixth inning. Hannah Smith started the frame with single, and Amber Walker followed to put runners on second and third. Cassie Ringstaff drove on with an infield single, and Walker later scored on a throwing error to stretch King's lead to 5-0.
That was all pitcher Hannah Light needed as she tossed all seven innings, allowing only three hits and striking out four in her eighth win of the season.
In the nightcap, Wingate (13-9) got on the board early in the first inning. Mellena Helms started the game with a single and stole second. Helms later scored on a Burrell single through the left side to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage.
It took a few innings, but the Tornado offense responded in the fifth inning as Ringstaff started the inning with a walk, and advanced to second on a groundout. After another out, Melcher ripped a single to center that scored Ringstaff and evened the score.
The score remained the same until the bottom of the seventh inning when Delffs led the inning with a single to the pitcher. Ringstaff then sacrificed her to second to bring Lewis-Rand to the plate. She then laced a double to right field that scored Delffs and gave King the 2-1 win.
Melcher's 17-game hitting streak came to an end in the first game, but she rebounded, going 2-for-3 in the second game. Light settled down after the first inning, en route to her second win of the day, and ninth of the season. She struck out six, and allowed one run on six hits in seven innings of work in the nightcap.
The Tornado will be in action again tomorrow when they host Shorter University at 1:00 p.m.