Eagles spoil King's return to the diamond

Photo Credit: Ashlyn Zook
Photo Credit: Ashlyn Zook

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team returned to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for the first time in nearly three weeks when they hosted Carson-Newman University. The Eagles set the pace in the first inning of each game en route to the doubleheader sweep. Carson-Newman took the first game 8-0 before winning the nightcap 7-1.

The Eagles (15-3) grabbed the lead on a Brooke Ramsey single through the left side in the first inning of game one, and added another on a Bri Lockett single to take a 3-0 lead going to the bottom of the first. King tried to answer in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases, but the Eagles escaped the jam to keep King (1-7) off the board.

Carson-Newman added two more on a Kristen Toppel home run in the second, and the lead stayed there until the fifth inning. The Eagles added a pair of runs in the fifth on a pair of run scoring singles, but Morgan Lowe stranded a pair of baserunners to keep the King deficit at 7-0. However, Carson-Newman added another run in the sixth to stretch their lead to 8-0 before Lauren Smith stranded the bases loaded. King was unable to score in the bottom of the inning as the Eagles took the game 8-0.

Amanda Sports, Amber Walker and Kelsie Craighead registered one hit apiece to lead the Tornado.

It didn't take Carson-Newman long to get the bats going again in the nightcap, plating three runs in the first inning. Lockett came up with the big blow in the frame, a two-run double that gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

However, King had an answer this time as Craighead started the King half of the inning with an infield single. Diamond Callwood then reached on an error before the Eagles cut down a run at the plate with the bases loaded. Nevertheless, Callwood came around to score on a wild pitch, making the score 3-1 after the first inning.

The score remained the same until the Eagles plated a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Toppel laced a run scoring double in the sixth and Lockett ripped a two-run home run I the seventh, extending the lead to 7-1.

Walker tried to ignite the King offense in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff single before Hannah Smith laced a double to center field with one out. Pinch runner Samantha Cole then scored on a groundout, but King couldn't push any more runs across, falling 7-2.

Craighead paced the offense with a pair of hits while Walker and Smith each accounted for a hit. Hollyn Franklin tossed all seven innings in the circle, allowing seven runs, five earned while striking out three.

King will be in action again on Sunday when they host Pfeiffer University in the Conference Carolinas opener for both. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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