March 30, 2013

Erskine sweeps King behind hot offense

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team had a chance to win a Conference Carolinas series against Erskine College at home on Saturday. However, the Flying Fleet recorded 35 hits in the sweep of Saturday's doubleheader. Erskine took a 13-9 extra-inning win in game one, and followed it with an 11-0 victory in game two.

Erskine's Chase Corn started the game with a single through the right side, and later came in to score on a Drew Willingham single to right field. After Willingham stole second Logan Galliher drove him in with a single to center field to give the Flying Fleet a 2-0 advantage.

The Flying Fleet stretched the lead to four before King got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Josh Huffman ripped a single through the left side to score Tyler Gaby who singled earlier in the inning. King tallied another run in the sixth, and Erskine matched it in the top of the seventh before the Tornado offense exploded.

Trailing 9-2 going into their last at bat, Tom Hooker started the seventh inning with a walk, and Brad Blanton followed with a single. With the bases loaded, Garrett Cook drove in Hooker with a single and Huffman laced a two-run single down the right field line to make the score 9-5. Carl Roberts brought the tying run to the plate when he drove in Steven Todoschuk, who walked earlier in the inning. With runners on first and second, Hunter Smith came up as a pinch hitter and crushed a home run to left center to tie the game at nine and send the game to extra innings.

However, Erskine bounced back with four runs in the top of the eighth, and didn't allow the Tornado (19-14, 7-8 CC) to score in the bottom half of the inning to take the game 13-9.

Erskine recorded 19 hits in the game while allowing eight King hits. Huffman paced the King offense, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in.

The Flying Fleet (20-15, 8-9 CC) offense didn't slow down in game two, scoring in all but three innings. Erskine grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the second, and extended their advantage to 5-0 with three runs in the fourth. After plating single runs in the each of the fifth and sixth innings, Erskine scored two runs in each of the final two innings to take the game 11-0 behind a 16 hit performance.

Erskine's Alex Rhodes held down the Tornado offense, only allowing three hits in six innings of work.

Gaby, Todoschuck and Jose Sola all recorded hits for the Tornado.

King will be in action again on Tuesday when they travel to Lincoln Memorial University. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.