HARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University baseball team jumped out of conference to take on Lincoln Memorial University on Tuesday afternoon. The Tornado came back from a three run deficit, but it wasn't enough as the Railsplitters regained the lead and took the game 6-3.
Lincoln Memorial (20-17) grabbed the lead with three two-out runs in the third inning. The Railsplitters got a pair of run scoring doubles sandwiched around an RBI single.
Josh Huffman started a Tornado rally with a leadoff walk in the fourth, and Hunter Smith followed with a single to center field. Anthony McCoy then got King (19-15) on the board with a single to left field that scored Huffman. With bases loaded, Logan Schmidt came up with the big two-out hit, ripping a single to center field that scored two to even the score at 3-3.
However, Lincoln Memorial manufactured a run after the leadoff batter reached on an error in the fourth to regain the lead. The Railsplitters then tacked on runs in the sixth and eighth innings to take a 6-3 lead into the ninth inning.
The Tornado got a leadoff single from Jose Sola, but he was stranded there as Josh Coker retired the next three batters for his second save of the season.
Smith led the Tornado offense, going 2-for-3 with one run scored while Schmidt drove in two of King's three runs. Wes Houser got the start on the mound and scatted eight hits over six innings while allowing four earned runs.
King returns home on Wednesday to host Concord University. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.