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.
The Hawks (15-6) didn't waste any time getting their offense going as they plated three runs in the top of the first inning in game one. Maggie Meachum led off the game with a triple down the left field line and scored on an error. Shorter then plated two more runs on a Kayla Cooper two-run single to grab a three run advantage.
The Tornado tried to get one back in the bottom of the first as Chrissy Melcher started the game with a double down the right field line. She was sacrificed to third by Stephanie Rodriguez, but King (10-13) couldn't push her across. King got on the board in the third inning as Tori McComas started the frame with a double. Melcher followed with a two-run home, pulling King back within one.
Amber Walker started the fourth inning with a single through the right side, and was sacrificed to second by Cassie Ringstaff. Octavia Lewis-Rand came up with a two-out single to score her and even the score.
However, the Hawks broke the game open when they tallied seven unearned runs in the sixth inning on four hits and three errors. Felicia Morris and Megan Christensen both registered two RBI singles in the frame. Shorter added one in the seventh to take the contest 11-3.
Melcher led the King offense going 2-for-3, driving in two and scoring once. Five other Tornado accounted for one hit apiece in the game. Hannah Light got the start in the circle and went six innings, giving up 10 runs, only one earned on 11 hits. She struck out seven in the loss.
It took Shorter an inning to get going in the second game, but they erupted for four runs in the second inning, and left the bases loaded. Tori Etheridge worked a bases loaded walk to score one, and Morris came up with a run scoring single in the frame.
The Hawks broke the game open in the third inning when they plated five runs on six hits. Morris had the big hit of the frame, a two-run triple before Paige Rowland capped the outburst with a run scoring double. Shorter tacked on single runs in each the fourth and fifth innings to take the contest 11-0.
Lewis-Rand registered King's only hit of game two.
King will be in action again on Saturday and Sunday when they play in the Captain D's Classic hosted by the University of North Georgia. The Tornado face the 10th ranked hosts and Kentucky Wesleyan College at the tournament. First pitch on Saturday is at 12:00 p.m.