No hitter helps King to sweep of Converse

No hitter helps King to sweep of Converse

DUNCAN, S.C. – The King University softball team ran their winning streak to eight games with a Conference Carolinas sweep at Converse College on Thursday afternoon. The Tornado used six runs in the seventh inning to take game one 8-7 before Hayley Smothers, Raven Allender and Morgan Matthews combined for the second no hitter in program history, giving King a 12-0 game two win.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 8, Converse 7; King 12, Converse 0
LOCATION: Tyger River Stadium; Duncan, S.C.
RECORDS: King 31-17, 15-5 Conference Carolinas; Converse 5-31, 3-17 Conference Carolinas

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hannah Devotie paced the offense, going 5-for-6 and scoring four runs on the day. In game two she went 3-for-3 and scored three runs.
  • Kaycee Casteel drove in five runs on the day, including a 3-for-3 performance, driving in three in game two.
  • Kay Brokering drove in three and collected two hits on the day.

HOW IT HAPPENED GAME ONE

  • The Converse offense came to play early, plating five runs on seven hits in the bottom of the first inning. The Valkyries got four singles scoring runs and added another run on a Tornado defensive miscue.
  • The Tornado got on the board in the second inning with back-to-back run scoring singles from Olivia Lawson and Danielle Parks.
  • Converse added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning on an Elizabeth Aguilar single, taking a 7-2 advantage going to the seventh inning.
  • King rallied in the seventh inning as Casteel, Hannah Riddle and Brokering drove in three straight runs for the Tornado.
  • The Tornado later scored two runs on a Converse error to even the game before taking the lead on a Summer Hayes double to left field.
  • Emma Hughes then sat down the Valkyries in order in the seventh, giving King the 8-7 victory.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Hughes (17-5) 7.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
Losing Pitcher: Kaybriana Spalding (3-10) 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO

HOW IT HAPPENED GAME TWO

  • King kept the offense rolling to start game two as Devotie started the game with an infield single. She stole second and advanced to third on an error before Casteel drove her in with a single, putting King on top 1-0.
  • Smothers tossed the first two innings of no-hit ball, working around an error in the first inning and walk in the second frame.
  • In the top of the second inning, King exploded for seven runs. Lawson drove in the first run with a bases loaded hit by pitch before Devotie played another with a single to right center.
  • Casteel drove in a pair before Michaela Morris gave King an 8-0 lead with a single to left field.
  • King stretched their lead to 10-0 with a pair of runs in the third inning, the second on a run scoring single from Casteel.
  • Allender relieved Smothers in the third inning and faced the minimum in two innings of work.
  • Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Brokering and Morris stretched the Tornado lead to 12-0 going to the bottom of the fifth.
  • In the fifth inning, Matthews came in and closed out the no hitter. She had to work around a walk before getting the final two outs, giving King the 12-0 win and no hitter.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Allender (5-1) 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Losing Pitcher: Courtney Walls (0-3) 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Aguilar and Mckayla Davis each recorded a pair of hits in game one with Aguilar driving in a pair.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The no hitter for King is the second in program history, and first where the opponent didn't score a run.
  • The previous no hitter was thrown by Hannah Light when she tossed seven innings against Emory & Henry College on February 17, 2012. The Wasps scored an unearned run in the first inning as King took the game 2-1.
  • The wins give King 31 on the season, their third 30-win season in program history and first since winning 31 games in 2013. The Tornado won a program-record 34 games in 2012.

UP NEXT

  • The Tornado host fourth-ranked Pfeiffer University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Converse travels to Limestone on Saturday.
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