BURLINGTON, N.C. – The King University softball team had a chance to move in the semifinal game and go 2-0 on the first day of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. However, top seed Limestone College stood in their way and the Saints started the game with four runs in the first. The Tornado weren't able to recover as they fell 4-2.
Limestone (26-12) wasted no time getting on the board as Bailie Mabry started the game with a single and Tessa Faucette followed by reaching on an error. Emma Swearingen got Limestone on the board with a sacrifice fly that scored Mabry before Sam Thornton drove in two with a triple. Darrian Jamison capped the scoring with a two-out single that scored one, giving the Saints a 4-0 advantage.
The Tornado (18-26) threatened in the third with a pair of runners, but they were stranded on second and third. King finally broke through in the fourth inning when Diamond Callwood started a one-out rally with an infield single. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Chrissy Melcher laced a single up the middle that scored two, cutting their deficit in half. The Tornado then had runners on second and third, but couldn't push them across, keeping Limestone ahead 4-2.
From there neither pitcher gave up anything as the Saints only registered two hits over the final three innings off Morgan Lowe while Josie Weber kept King hitless over the final four innings for Limestone. In the seventh, Melcher worked a one-out walk, but that was all as Weber closed out her 16th win of the year, keeping the Saints unbeaten in the tournament.
For King, Melcher led the offense, going 2-for-2 from the leadoff spot with a pair of walks and two runs batted in. Lowe tossed all six innings in the circle, allowing four runs, two earned on five hits.
For Limestone, Thornton led the way, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and one run scored while Weber allowed two unearned runs on six hits and struck out eight.
King will be in action again on Saturday when they face Pfeiffer University in an elimination game at 10:00 a.m. Limestone will face the winner of Belmont Abbey College and North Greenville University for the right to play in the championship series. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.