BRISTOL, Tenn. - A pair of King College baseball players posted three-hit games in the Tornado's 6-2 win Friday over the University of St. Francis (Ind.) in the first game of a weekend three-game home series.
Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) and Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) both posted three-hit games with two runs scored apiece. Gaby drove in two while Timberlake had one RBI and a double. The three hits was the fifth multi-hit game for Gaby while Timberlake's three hits were a season high as his hitting streak went to five games.
The Tornado improved to 11-8 while St. Francis went to 6-12. The two will meet again Saturday with a doubleheader at noon.
King took the lead in the home half of the third with three scores. Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) was hit by a pitch before advancing after a sacrifice bunt. He came home on a single by Timberlake. Timberlake and Gaby both scored on a two-out single from Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Gaby added a RBI single up the middle in the fifth after Timberlake doubled to lead off the frame. Later in the inning Gaby scored on a throwing error by St. Francis on a pickoff attempt that went into the third-base dugout. Gaby drove in his second run of the game in the sixth with a single and Cook scored on the two-out hit.
St. Francis got a pair of runs in the second with a RBI single with two outs to right by Colin Zwiebel and a bases loaded walk issued to Tristen Peffley.
King's Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.) closed out the second with a strikeout and then retired the next eight batters before a single by Derek Coverstone in the fifth.
Rhodes finished seven innings and was tagged for two runs on five hits. He struck out a season-high nine batters. He had a strikeout in every inning as his record went to 5-1.
King had three more hits through the lineup including a double by Steven Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.)
Wesley Hunsucker went six innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. He walked four in the outing.
Tyler Gregory finished the game with two of St. Francis' five hits.