2012 Baseball News

June 29, 2012
King Places Third Among Conference Schools in Learfield Sports Directors Cup
King ranked third among Conference Carolinas institutions and 166th overall among the 244 nationally-ranked schools in the 2011-12 Learfield Director's Cup Standings.

June 6, 2012
Walker Named to Capital One Academic All-America List
Outfielder Bryant Walker has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division II Second Team for his performance on and off of the field.

May 24, 2012
King Baseball Honored with Messick Sportsmanship Award
King College Baseball earned an individual team Messick Award for outstanding displays of sportsmanship as announced at this week's Conference Carolinas spring meetings.

May 4, 2012
Tornado Hit 30 Wins in Split with Young Harris
King Baseball earned its 30th win of the season with a demonstrative win over the Young Harris Mountain Lions as a part of its doubleheader on Friday afternoon.

May 3, 2012
Payne Helps King to Walk-off Win over Young Harris
In game one of three against the Mountain Lions, Jarrod Payne hit the game-winning, walk-off single in the 12th inning to win, 4-3.

May 1, 2012
Schedule Altered for Young Harris Series
This week's series versus Young Harris College has been altered to begin Thursday afternoon with a doubleheader set for Friday.

April 28, 2012
King Falls to Erksine, Eliminated from Conference Tournament
Erskine College jumped out early as the Tornado were unable to overcome a 6-0 deficit though fought to the bitter end in a 7-3 loss to the Flying Fleet.

April 27, 2012
TriCities.com/Bristol Herald Courier Feature: Heath Williams
Tornado baseball player Heath Williams speaks of being a student-athlete-serviceman. Feature written by Nate Hubbard of the Bristol Herald Courier...

April 27, 2012
Crusaders Come From Behind Late to Defeat Tornado
The Tornado took a five-run lead into the seventh inning behind home runs from Brandon Reed and Tyler Gaby but NGU rallied back to defeat King, 9-8.

April 26, 2012
Walker, Huffman Smash Way to Opening Round Victory Over Pfeiffer
Cory Rhodes dominated the mound with a complete game victory while Bryant Walker and Josh Huffman hit towering shots in a 9-4 win against Pfeiffer.

April 26, 2012
King Places Three on All-Conference Team
Tyler Gaby, Cory Rhodes, and Stephen Mullins represented the Tornado on the 2012 Conference Carolinas All-Conference Team, announced Thursday night.

April 24, 2012
Gaby Named Conference Carolinas Baseball Player of the Week
Conference Carolinas announced Tuesday that Tyler Gaby was voted as the league's final Player of the Week for the 2012 season.

April 21, 2012
Game 3 Start Time Changed to 10:45 a.m.
Saturday's regular season finale is being moved up to 10:45 a.m. to avoid weather scheduled to hit Bristol later today.

April 21, 2012
Crusaders Jump Out Early, Defeat King 5-2 in Finale
The Tornado fell short of a series sweep against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders with a 5-2 loss on Saturday. They still advance to the Conference Carolinas Tournament.

April 20, 2012
Tornado Clinch Playoff Berth, Take Two from Crusaders
A strong combination of pitching and hitting from all parts of the King lineup helped the Tornado take two from Belmont Abbey and earn a trip to the postseason!

April 19, 2012
Baseball Announces Weekend Schedule Change
The Tornado and Belmont Abbey Crusaders series this weekend has been altered due to weather conditions and a special surprise added to Saturday's schedule!

April 18, 2012
Midweek Rivalry Game Canceled Due to Weather
Wednesday evening’s state-line rivalry game between King and Virginia Intermont has been canceled due to the weather. No makeup date has been announced.

April 17, 2012
Houser Tabbed Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week
After earning two wins in a single day as part of a weekend sweep of North Greenville University, Wes Houser was named the conference Pitcher of the Week.

April 14, 2012
Hot Bats Help Tornado Sweep Crusaders
Tyler Gaby led the Tornado with five hits in their two wins over North Greenville, completing the weekend sweep of the Crusaders.

April 13, 2012
Tornado Explode in Fifth, Defeat NGU for First Time
With help from 11 North Greenville walks and home runs from Bryant Walker and Hunter Smith, the Tornado rolled over the Crusaders, 12-6.

April 13, 2012
Baseball and Softball Academic All-Conference Teams Released
The King College baseball and softball teams combined to name 17 student-athletes to their respective 2012 Academic All-Conference teams.

April 12, 2012
Hall of Fame to Introduce Class of 2012
Larry Sharrett '99, Coach Susie Toomey, and the 1987 National Champion baseball team will be introduced as the newest members of the Hall of Fame.

April 10, 2012
Offense Stalls in Midweek Loss to Carson-Newman
The Tornado had their chances to overtake the Carson-Newman Eagles but did not convert hits into runs during their 5-1 loss on Tuesday afternoon.

April 7, 2012
Late Rally Turned Away in Loss to Pfeiffer
Despite a seventh inning rally that brought King within a run of the Falcons, Pfeiffer closed the series with a 4-2 win over the Tornado.

April 6, 2012
Tornado Change Friday's Gametime to 1:00 p.m.
Friday afternoon's scheduled doubleheader against the Pfeiffer Falcons will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST at the KC Baseball Complex.

April 6, 2012
Tornado and Falcons Exchange Big Blows in Split of Friday Action
Hunter Smith hit two home runs as part of an 11-2 beating put on the Pfeiffer Falcons in Friday's split in doubleheader action.

April 3, 2012
Light, Rhodes Reel in Conference Weekly Honors
Hannah Light and Corey Rhodes have been named the Conference Carolinas Pitchers of the Week for Week 9.

April 3, 2012
Rain and Lightning Cancel Tuesday Action Versus LMU
Weather conditions passing through Bristol (TN) forced the cancellation of today's LMU/King contest midway through the game.

April 1, 2012
Tornado Starters Rule the Rubber Against Limestone
Cory Rhodes and Wes Houser each posted complete-game victories on Sunday, defeating the Limestone Saints 3-0 and 2-1 to win the season series.

March 31, 2012
Limestone Takes One Before Rains Suspend Play
Reiss Stanley kept the Tornado in the game but Limestone out-dueled King in a 5-3 decision during game one. Game two was suspended due to weather.

March 28, 2012
Late Offensive Surge Drives Comeback Win Over Brevard
Back-to-back doubles to lead of the top of the ninth inning helped King come back to defeat Brevard College, 5-4.

March 24, 2012
Ninth Inning Push Falls Short in Loss to Fleet
King put the winning run at the plate in their last at bat but Erskine closed the door on the Tornado, taking a 4-2 decision away.

March 23, 2012
Offense Quiet in Pair of Losses at Erskine
King lost both games of a Friday afternoon doubleheader with the Erskine Flying Fleet by scores of 9-3 and 1-0.

March 21, 2012
King Victorious in ‘Fight of the Funnel Clouds’
The Tornado of King College remain undefeated at home this season after beating Brevard College, 10-5, on Wednesday afternoon.

March 20, 2012
Gaby Named Conference Baseball Player of the Week
Bristol, Tenn., native and hot hitting Tyler Gaby was named Baseball Player of the Week by the Conference Office on Tuesday afternoon.

March 18, 2012
Houser Takes Tornado the Distance in Sweep of St. Andrews
The King Tornado remained undefeated at home this season and finished the sweep of St. Andrews behind Wes Houser's complete game win.

March 17, 2012
Stanley, Rhodes Combine for Mound Dominance
Over 15.1 combined innings, Reiss Stanley and Cory Rhodes struck out 17 St. Andrews hitters and held them to three runs in two Tornado wins on Saturday.

March 14, 2012
Offense Pounds Out 20 Runs in Two-Game Sweep
Cody Snyder and Tyler Gaby posted four hits apiece as part of a Wednesday afternoon sweep of Lincoln Memorial University, 9-7 and 11-5.

March 11, 2012
Mount Olive Offense Routs King
King surrendered 10 runs in the first three innings of Sunday's 14-4 loss to the Mount Olive Trojans.

March 10, 2012
Solid Pitching Helps Tornado Take One From No. 28 Mount Olive
Wesley Houser earned his third win of the year as the Tornado offense exploded in a game one win over No. 28 Mount Olive.

March 7, 2012
Bombs Away! Tornado Belt Nine Homers in Win
Six different players combined for nine home runs hit against the Mars Hill Lions during a 20-7 rout on Wednesday afternoon.

March 5, 2012
Gaby Gives King Boost in Finale Win
King split Monday's twinbill with the Coker Cobras and took the series finale, 7-3, behind Tyler Gaby's four-hit day at the plate.

March 4, 2012
Sunday Baseball Delayed Due to Weather
The series pitting King against Coker has been altered due to weather and field conditions. The Tornado will play a single game at 2:30 p.m. today.

March 4, 2012
Cobras Bite into Tornado’s Streak
King Baseball's eight game winning streak came to a close after a 10-3 loss to Coker College on Sunday afternoon.

March 1, 2012
Weather Pushes Back Tornado/Cobras Series
The threat of rainy weather has forced the rescheduling of this weekend's Coker/King baseball series for a Sunday afternoon start.

February 28, 2012
Offense Continues to Roll with Eighth Straight Win
Garrett Cook hit his second home run of the season to help King toward a 10-6 win over Mars Hill. The Tornado scored 10 runs on 11 hits to win their eighth straight game.

February 27, 2012
Baseball Versus Mars Hill Rescheduled for Tuesday
The Tornado and Lions will play on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 2:00 p.m. to avoid unfavorable incoming weather patterns.

February 26, 2012
Tornado Sweep Up Bulldogs
King benefited from two outstanding performances from its starting pitcher in a pair of wins over Barton on Sunday, completing the weekend sweep.

February 25, 2012
Tornado Make Statement in First Conference Carolinas Contest
Garrett Cook led King with three hits and three RBI while Stephen Mullins hit his first career home run via a grand slam in a 22-3 win over Barton.

February 24, 2012
King Announces Weekend Schedule Changes
King Baseball and Tennis have altered their schedules this weekend.

February 22, 2012
Backyard Brawl Postponed Due to Weather
Wednesday's baseball game pitting King College and Virginia Intermont has been canceled due to weather.

February 21, 2012
Roberts Named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
Carl Roberts has been named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Week after a great offensive series against Salem International.

February 21, 2012
Tornado Capitalize on Eagles’ Errors in 10-7 Win
Windy conditions in Jefferson City, Tenn., wrecked havoc on the Carson-Newman defense as King battled back late to defeat the Eagles, Tuesday afternoon.

February 18, 2012
Tornado Score at Will to Complete the Sweep
Carl Roberts led King with five hits, including his first home run of the season, in a pair of wins against the SIU Tigers on Saturday.

February 17, 2012
Tornado Thump Tigers in Home Opener
Reiss Stanley tossed five strong innings and the bats came alive in the 12-2 romping of Salem International University on the Tornado's home opener.

February 16, 2012
Baseball Alters Weekend Schedule Due to Weather
Due to weather conditions involving cold temperatures and snowy weather, King has rescheduled their home-opener for Friday, 2:00 p.m.

February 12, 2012
Tornado Tripped Up at Auddie Brown Classic
Cody Snyder recorded a pair of two-hit games in Sunday's doubleheader at the Auddie Brown Classic, despite a pair of losses.

February 11, 2012
Rhodes’ Gem Against Young Harris Spoiled in Extras
Cory Rhodes pitched eight solid innings against Young Harris on Saturday but the Mountain Lions bested the Tornado in 10 innings, 3-1.

February 10, 2012
Student-Athletes Engage in Storm Chaser Mentor Program
King student-athletes continue to impact the lives of Bristol elementary school children through Storm Chaser Mentor Program

February 4, 2012
Tornado Fall to Bobcats in Finale
King Baseball fell in their series finale with the No. 23 Georgia College Bobcats in a 9-3 decision on Saturday.

February 3, 2012
Opening Day Delivers Split Versus No. 23 Georgia College
Cory Rhodes aced his 2012 debut with six strong inning in a game one victory while the Tornado split with the Bobcats, 9-5 and 5-4.

February 2, 2012
Tornado to Step Up to the Plate at No. 23 Georgia College This Weekend
Head Coach Blaine Brown expressed his excitement for the 2012 season when he broke down his own team in this year's baseball preview.

January 19, 2012
King Ranked Seventh in Conference Preseason Poll
Conference Carolinas released the 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll earlier today, tabbing King College tied for seventh.

January 17, 2012
King College Set to Kick Off Tornado Athletic Club
King College will introduce a new way to spread generosity toward Athletics when it introduces the Tornado Athletic Club this Saturday, Jan. 21

December 16, 2011
Limestone Chosen to Host Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament from 2013-15
Limestone College released that the home of Saints Baseball has been selected to host the 2013-15 Conference Carolinas Baseball Tournament

December 15, 2011
Seven Sign to Join Tornado Baseball in 2013
Head Coach Blaine Brown has announced the signing of one high school and six junior college student-athletes to join the team in 2013.

December 14, 2011
Live Stats Now Available for Tornado Athletics!
Tornado Athletics is proud to unveil a new way for fans to get closer to King events with its new Live Stats feature!

November 17, 2011
Tornado Baseball to Host December Winter Camps
King Baseball will host winter baseball camps for grades 1-12 on Dec. 10-11 on campus for those looking to step their game up for 2012!

September 6, 2011
King Baseball Announces Fall Showcase Information
Join the Tornado to display and hone your skills on the diamond in front of coaches around the region at this year's King Fall Baseball Showcase

August 16, 2011
Luke Howard to Join Tornado Baseball as Assistant Coach
First-year head coach Blaine Brown has announced the hire of Luke Howard to the Tornado Baseball coaching staff. Howard brings experience from the Division I and II levels to King College.