GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Following a weekend that was washed out, the King University softball team took on regional rival Tusculum College. The Pioneers used a big inning to take game one 13-2 before winning the nightcap 2-0 for the sweep.
Tusculum (11-9) manufactured a run in the first inning after a Kaytlin Stroinski leadoff double before adding a pair of runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead. The Pioneers broke the contest open in the fourth, plating 10 runs to open up a 13-0 advantage. Tusculum recorded eight hits in the inning, seven that scored a run, including a two-run single through the right side by Carolyn Williamson.
Diamond Callwood went 2-for-2 with a run scored while Rodriguez and McComas each drove in a run.
Game two was a pitcher's duel between Lauren Smith and Tusculum's Eliza Davis. The duo combined to only give up two hits over the first three innings until the Pioneers broke through in the fourth. Cayla Cecil started the frame with a single and was sacrificed to second. It looked like Smith would get out of the jam after she got a strikeout, but the next batter put the ball in play and an error allowed the go-ahead run to score.
King threatened in the sixth inning as Amber Palmer ripped King's first hit of the contest, a two-out triple. However, the Tornado couldn't score her as the Pioneers got out of the inning.
The sixth inning was nearly the same as the fourth for Tusculum as Cecil started the frame with a single and was sacrificed to second. However, the Pioneers came up with a single to score her and take a 2-0 lead. Davis made those two runs standup, giving Tusculum the victory.
Smith tossed all six innings for King, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs, one earned. Offensively, Palmer registered King's only hit of the contest for the Tornado offense.
King will be in action again on Wednesday when they host Francis Marion University. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.