BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team pushed their record back to .500 with a sweep of West Virginia Tech on Thursday afternoon, including a program record 25 runs in the nightcap. The Tornado took game one 9-4 before exploding to take game two 25-0 behind a Hannah Riddle's excellent offensive performance.
FINAL SCORE: King 9, West Virginia Tech 4; King 25, West Virginia Tech 0
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 8-8; West Virginia Tech 0-9
- Riddle led the offense all day, going 8-for-9 with three doubles, one home run and eight runs batted in. In game two she went 5-for-5 with four runs scored, seven runs batted in, three doubles and one home run.
- Michaela Morris laced four doubles on the day, going 6-for-9 with seven runs batted in and four runs scored.
- In game two, Kay Brokering went 3-for-4 with one home run and one double, driving in three and scoring three.
HOW IT HAPPENED GAME ONE
- Erin Roper started the bottom of the first inning with a single and later scored on an error to put King on top. Morgan Lowe later tripled down the right field line to score Riddle and give King a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
- The Golden Bears got on the board with an RBI groundout from Kayla Harbin in the top of the second before King tacked onto their lead.
- In the second, Candace Maness started the frame with a single and stole second. She later scored on a Roper sacrifice fly.
- Riddle and Morris extended the lead with a single and later scored on a Morris double to make it a 5-1 lead.
- West Virginia Tech added a pair of runs in the top of the third, but King answered again with three runs in the third inning.
- Olivia Lawson laced a two-run double and Roper ripped a triple that scored Lawson, giving King an 8-3 advantage.
- Morris stretched the Tornado lead to 9-3 when she ripped a home run on an 0-2 pitch in the fourth inning.
- Genna Trippett pulled West Virginia Tech within 9-4 in the sixth when she laced a home run, but that was as close as the Golden Bears got as the Tornado took the contest by that score.
Winning Pitcher: Emma Hughes (4-2) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
Losing Pitcher: Karina Atanacio (0-4) 3.0 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Tripett went 2-for-3 with that home run.
- Hannah Calhoun also went 2-for-3 and Skylar Connelly went 2-for-4.
HOW IT HAPPENED GAME TWO
- Following a quick top of the first by pitcher Hayley Smothers, the King offense brought 14 hitters to the plate in the bottom of the frame. In the inning, King plated 10 runs on seven hits.
- Roper ripped an run scoring double and Riddle laced a two-run home run early in the inning, and later in the frame, Riddle laced a three-run double to left center. Morris capped the frame with an RBI single to right field.
- Smothers added three runs for the Tornado in the second inning, lacing a three-run home run to left center.
- The Tornado added three runs in the third inning, one a Lawson single up the middle.
- In the fourth inning, King plated 11 more runs, coming on eight hits. Morris drove in a pair with a double and Brokering scored Morris with a single.
- Kelsey Nave and Lauren Rowsey came up with back-to-back RBI singles before Riddle and Morris ripped consecutive two-run doubles.
- Brokering made it a 25-0 Tornado victory when she laced a two-run home run in the fourth.
Winning Pitcher: Smothers (2-3) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Losing Pitcher: Mackenzie Wilson (0-4) 0.2 IP, 6 H, 10 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Ashley Daniels posted two hits for the Golden Bears.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The 25 runs is believed to be a school record for the Tornado. The previous high was set in 2015 when King scored 21 runs in a 21-5 victory over Erskine College in the Conference Carolinas Tournament on April 24.
- The 22 hits is also believed to be a school record, bettering their previous high of 20, set in 2015 in a 15-7 win at Emmanuel College on April 21.
- For both Brokering and Smothers, the home runs were the second of their careers.
- King travels to Mars Hill University on Saturday. First pitch from Mars Hill, N.C. is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
- West Virginia Tech will next take on Calumet College of St. Joseph and Hannibal-LaGrange College at the PFX Games in Clermont, Fla.