2014 Baseball News
September 11, 2014
Rhodes completes first season in professional baseball
BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the beginning of August, it was a dream come true for former King University baseball player Cory Rhodes. On August 6, the Kissimmee, Florida native signed a professional baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. After traveling many miles, Rhodes made four outings for the Bristol Pirates, a minor league team for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates.
August 6, 2014
Rhodes signs professional contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University baseball alum Cory Rhodes got the phone call every boy growing up playing baseball hopes to get. Last Friday the Pittsburgh Pirates, of Major League Baseball called Rhodes to inform him they were going to sign him to a professional contract.
July 9, 2014
King alum, Corr named USA Today National Coach of the Year
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Jamie Corr lead his team to the ultimate goal, a state championship and picked up some individual hardware in the process. Corr is a 1996 graduate of King College, now King University, and was member of a successful Tornado baseball program. That foundation led Corr into coaching where he was recently named 2014 American Family Insurance Coach of the Year by USA Today.
May 15, 2014
King takes a pair of Conference Carolinas sportsmanship awards
BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the conclusion of each season, Conference Carolinas hands out the Messick Sportsmanship Awards for each sport, and King University earned a pair of these honors during the spring season. The Tornado baseball and women’s tennis teams both won the award for the 2013-14 season, marking the second and third King teams to earn the distinction this year.
May 1, 2014
Rhodes selected to Academic All-District Team
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University baseball player Cory Rhodes continues to garner postseason accolades. After being selected to the all-Conference Carolinas second team, the all-Conference Carolinas Tournament team, and as an academic all-conference performer, Rhodes was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team this afternoon.
April 27, 2014
Trojans comeback to top King in Conference Carolinas title game
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Earlier in the day, the King University baseball team staved off elimination with a win over Barton. However, the Tornado couldn’t quite keep the momentum rolling in the championship game against the University of Mount Olive. The Tornado held the lead for most of the game before the lead changed hands multiple times over the last three innings. The Trojans plated runs in each of the final three innings, including the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning, taking the game 10-9.
April 27, 2014
Tornado slide into conference championship round
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Needing a win to advance to the championship of the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the King University baseball team used a three-run sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and went on to defeat Barton College by a score of 7-3 to earn the right to face the University of Mount Olive for the conference title.
April 26, 2014
Cieslewitz, Mullins power King past Erskine
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Behind an impressive pitching outing from Ryan Nichols in relief and home runs by Geoff Cieslewitz and Stephen Mullins, the fourth-seeded King University baseball team won its ninth straight game over No. 2 Erskine College and remained in the winner’s bracket of the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
April 26, 2014
Tornado fall to Mount Olive in Conference Carolinas Tournament
BURLINGTON, N.C. – After winning its first two games of the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the King University baseball team lost to top-seeded and 12th-ranked University of Mount Olive 6-4 to fall into the loser’s bracket.
April 25, 2014
Conference Carolinas Tournament postponed to Saturday
BURLINGTON, N.C. – Due to strong weather moving through Burlington, the Conference Carolinas baseball tournament has been postponed until tomorrow. King University, the fourth seed will now take on second seeded Erskine College at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday. The Tornado will than play at either 5:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night depending on the result of the first game.
April 24, 2014
Gaby, Rhodes earn all-conference honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – At its annual awards banquet on Thursday night, Conference Carolinas announced its all-conference baseball teams for the 2014 season. King University was well-represented, with senior outfielder Tyler Gaby named to the first team and senior pitcher Cory Rhodes earning second team honors.
April 24, 2014
Hooker's clutch hits lift King past Pfeiffer
BURLINGTON, N.C. – “Find a way”, the King University baseball team’s motto came through in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Burlington, N.C. The fourth seeded Tornado fell behind third seed Pfeiffer University early, but worked their way back into the ballgame by scoring in four the final five innings. Tom Hooker came up with a pair of clutch hits, including a two-out RBI single in the 10th to give King the 6-5 victory over the Falcons.
April 22, 2014
Gaby earns TSWA Player of the Week honors
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University’s Tyler Gaby batted continued his stellar senior campaign a week ago leading the Tornado to a 4-0 week. He hit .562 for the week en route to being named Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week.
April 22, 2014
Rhodes named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the Week
BRISOL, Tenn. – Following a week where King University’s Cory Rhodes earned a save and complete game on the same day, he was honored by Conference Carolinas. The league named Rhodes as Conference Carolinas Baseball Pitcher of the Week.
April 19, 2014
Tornado seniors complete sweep of Barton
BRISTOL, Tenn. – A day after the King University baseball team clinched the fourth seed in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, the Tornado honored their seniors, and went for the sweep of visiting Barton College. All 15 players that made an appearance in the game for the Tornado were seniors as King took a 7-5 victory behind a stellar start from Alexander Gonzalez on the mound.
April 18, 2014
Rhodes picks up save, complete game in sweep of Barton
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the final Conference Carolinas series, the King University baseball team knew they needed at least two wins this weekend to clinch the fourth seed in the upcoming Conference Carolinas Tournament. The Tornado got both of those wins on Friday, sweeping a doubleheader from Barton College behind a stellar pitching performance of Cory Rhodes.
April 16, 2014
Tornado bats come alive in 12-7 win over Tusculum
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In its final nonconference matchup of the season, the King University baseball team avenged a February loss to local rival Tusculum College with a 12-7 win after falling behind 6-3 to the Pioneers in the early going.
April 15, 2014
King leads CC with 10 academic all-conference selections
BRISTOL, Tenn. – As we near the end of the regular season, Conference Carolinas has started to hand out awards. On Tuesday, the league announced their academic all-conference baseball team and King University led the league with 10 selections.
April 15, 2014
King at Lincoln Memorial is cancelled
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With rain falling in northeast Tennessee, the King University baseball game at Lincoln Memorial has been cancelled. The game will not be rescheduled.
April 15, 2014
Weekend series with Barton altered
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With this weekend being Easter weekend, the King University baseball series with Barton College has been altered. The Tornado and Bulldogs will play a doubleheader starting at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, followed by a single game at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
April 12, 2014
King sweeps Limestone to clinch postseason bid
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With its postseason fate hanging in the balance, the King University baseball team used a dominant offensive performance in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader and a complete-game effort from Cory Rhodes in the second to earn a three-game series sweep of Limestone College and clinch a bid to the Conference Carolinas Tournament.
April 11, 2014
Stanley's complete game lifts Tornado past Limestone
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a contest where the start was pushed back nearly two hours, Reiss Stanley had a masterful performance on the mound for the King University baseball team. Facing one of Conference Carolinas’ best hitting teams, the senior kept the Limestone College offense off balance in his first career collegiate complete game, a 6-3 Tornado victory.
April 8, 2014
Bears come back to top Tornado
HICKORY, N.C. – The King University baseball team jumped out of conference to take on Lenoir-Rhyne University on Tuesday evening, and the Tornado grabbed an early lead over the Bears. However, Lenoir-Rhyne came storming back with seven runs in two innings to take the contest 9-3.
April 5, 2014
Erskine sweeps doubleheader to win series
DUE WEST, S.C. – After winning its opening game of this weekend’s conference series with Erskine College on Friday afternoon, the King University baseball team fell in both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader 7-5 and 14-6 to give the Flying Fleet the win in the series.
April 4, 2014
King holds off Erskine to take game one
DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University baseball team returned to Conference Carolinas play on Friday when they traveled to Erskine College. The momentum carried over from Wednesday’s win as the Tornado grabbed the lead in the second inning and used a solid outing by starting pitcher Cory Rhodes to take the first game of the series 6-5.
April 2, 2014
Cook's two home runs key King's 15-5 win over Carson-Newman
KODAK, Tenn. – Playing in the home of Minor League Baseball’s Tennessee Smokies, the King University baseball team put on a Major League offensive display at the plate, exploding for four runs each in the first and fourth innings to spark a 15-5 win over Carson-Newman University. The Tornado hit .422 as a team in the offensive outburst and forced the Eagles to use ten different pitchers in the game.
April 1, 2014
Bears top King 6-4
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing their fourth game in three days, the King University baseball team hosted Lenoir-Rhyne University in a nonconference matchup on Tuesday afternoon. The Bears jumped out to a lead, but the Tornado came back to even the score, only to see Lenoir-Rhyne plate two runs in the eighth to take the contest 6-4.
March 31, 2014
Eighth inning leads Mount Olive to win over King
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In the series finale, the King University baseball team was locked in a pitcher’s duel with the University of Mount Olive on Monday afternoon. The Tornado broke through to take a lead in the seventh inning, but the Trojans responded with seven runs in the eighth inning to take the contest 8-2.
March 30, 2014
Mount Olive sweeps doubleheader from Tornado
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The start of the King University baseball series against the University of Mount Olive may have been pushed back a couple days, but both teams came out ready to play in the first game Sunday's doubleheader. The score was tied a three after nine innings before the Trojans scored four runs in the 10th to take the game 7-3. The Mount Olive offense heated up on the cool day in game two, taking the contest 11-2.
March 27, 2014
Weekend series with Mount Olive altered
BRISTOL, Tenn. – With rain in the impending forecast, the King University baseball team has altered their weekend series with the University of Mount Olive. The three game set will start with a 1:00 p.m., doubleheader on Sunday, and conclude with a single game on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
March 26, 2014
Tornado drop nonconference tilt with Carson-Newman
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a game that got pushed back a day due to weather and the start was delayed almost another hour this afternoon, the King University baseball team, and Carson-Newman University cruised through the first three innings. King grabbed the lead in the fourth, but the Eagles came storming back with six runs over the next two innings, ultimately taking the contest 7-1.
March 24, 2014
King-Carson-Newman moved to Wednesday
BRISOL, Tenn. – With bad weather scheduled to move into Bristol on Tuesday, the baseball game between King University and Carson-Newman University has been pushed back a day. The Tornado will take on the Eagles on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., on the King University campus.
March 22, 2014
Crusader offense leads to sweep of King
BRISTOL, Tenn. – On Saturday, the King University baseball team tried to take their second Conference Carolinas series when the hosted Belmont Abbey College in a doubleheader after the Tornado took game one on Friday. The Crusaders scored early in the first game en route to a 4-2 win before plating 10 runs over the final three innings of game two for the 12-2 victory.
March 21, 2014
Gaby, Cieslewitz power King to win over Belmont Abbey
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a pair of tough midweek losses, the King University baseball team rebounded when they faced Conference Carolinas foe Belmont Abbey College on Friday afternoon. Tyler Gaby sparked a rally with score tied in the eighth inning as he crushed a home that gave King the lead. The Tornado added four more runs in the frame to take the contest 11-6.
March 19, 2014
Gaby collects second CC weekly award
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a stellar week at the plate, King University baseball player Tyler Gaby earned recognition from Conference Carolinas. The senior was named Conference Carolinas Baseball Player of the Week after leading the Tornado offense to a 5-0 week.
March 18, 2014
UVa-Wise stuns Tornado with 12-11 victory
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team returned home in an attempt to extend their five-game winning streak as they hosted UVa-Wise in a nonconference tilt. It looked as though the Tornado would extend their streak, but the Cavaliers made a late comeback, capped by four runs in the top of the ninth inning to escape with the 12-11 victory.
March 17, 2014
King-Virginia Intermont contest move to KU campus
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Due to scheduling conflicts, the King University baseball team will now host Virginia Intermont College instead of making the commute across town on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch between the crosstown rivals is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
March 15, 2014
Offense leads King to sweep at North Greenville
TIGERVILLE, - S.C.- Following their game one on Friday afternoon, the King University offense erupted in their sweep of North Greenville University on Saturday. The Tornado scored early and late to take game one of the doubleheader 12-3 before taking the three-game sweep with a 15-4 win in the nightcap.
March 14, 2014
King tops North Greenville for first conference win
TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The King University baseball team returned to Conference Carolinas play on Friday afternoon at North Greenville University trying to bring some of the momentum from the early week’s nonconference victories. Reiss Stanley turned in a solid start on the mound, and the offense scored just enough to take the 2-1 victory for their first conference win of the season.
March 11, 2014
Tornado outlast UVa-Wise
WISE, Va. – Coming off their second rout of Mars Hill University in the last week, the King University baseball team kept the offense rolling in their nonconference tilt at UVa-Wise on Tuesday afternoon. The Tornado slugged out 19 hits, and plated 14 runs for the second straight day as they outlasted the Cavaliers 14-9.
March 10, 2014
King offense explodes in win over Mars Hill
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing for the second time in a week, the King University baseball team jumped on Mars Hill University early and often in the nonconference tilt. The Tornado scored in each of the first six innings, including a three-spot in the first inning en route to the 14-4 victory.
March 8, 2014
King drops conference-opening series to Pfeiffer
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team tried to bounce back from their series-opening loss on Friday afternoon when they took on Pfeiffer University in a doubleheader Saturday. The Tornado had a lead early in game one, but the Falcons tied the game before winning the contest 3-1 with two runs in the top of the seventh. King nearly came back from a five-run deficit in the nightcap, but came up just short, falling 7-6.
March 7, 2014
Tornado drop conference opener to Pfeiffer
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following a nonconference win earlier in the week, the King University baseball team looked to keep the momentum rolling on Friday when they opened Conference Carolinas play against Pfeiffer University. The Tornado grabbed an early lead, but Falcons scored six runs in the third inning en route to the 9-3 victory.
March 4, 2014
Cieslewitz hits for the cycle to propel King over Mars Hill
MARS HILL, N.C. – Coming off its first series sweep of the season, the King University baseball team continued riding its wave of momentum with a 14-1 dismantling of Mars Hill University in a road nonconference matchup on Tuesday. King’s Geoff Cieslewitz hit for the cycle to highlight a 19-hit attack for the Tornado on the afternoon.
March 2, 2014
Tornado come back to top Slippery Rock in 10 innings
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a game that went back-and-forth, the King University baseball team found a way to take an extra inning affair to win the series against Slippery Rock University on Sunday afternoon. The Tornado had to come back in both the bottom of the ninth and 10th innings, and ultimately took the contest 9-8 on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning.
March 1, 2014
King earns split with Slippery Rock
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Playing in the first two games of a three-game set with Slippery Rock University on Saturday afternoon, the King University baseball team won the first contest by a score of 7-3 before falling in Game 2 7-4.
February 25, 2014
Early Pioneer runs top Tornado
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King University took to the road to take on regional rival Tusculum College as they tried to get back in the win column on Tuesday evening. However, the Pioneers jumped on the Tornado early and often, scoring 13 runs in the first three innings en route to the 16-3 victory.
February 23, 2014
Notre Dame offense explodes in sweep of King
BRSITOL, Tenn. – Coming off a sweep on Saturday, the King University baseball team looked to keep the momentum rolling on Sunday against Notre Dame College (Ohio). The Tornado jumped ahead early in game one, but the Falcons came storming back to take the first game 9-3. Notre Dame didn’t let up in the second game as they grabbed an early lead en route to another 9-3 win and the doubleheader sweep.
February 22, 2014
Offense leads King to sweep of Notre Dame
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team had a breakout day on Saturday when they hosted Notre Dame College (Ohio). The Tornado jumped on the Falcons early in game one en route to the 12-1 win before Cory Rhodes tossed a complete game in the nightcap as King took the sweep 10-3.
February 20, 2014
Virginia Intermont comes back to stun Tornado
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in as many days, the King University baseball team got a quality start, but the Tornado fell in the late innings to cross-town rival Virginia Intermont College. Mark Hode got the start and tossed six solid innings, allowing two runs on four hits, but the Cobras plated a pair of runs in the top of the ninth inning to top the home-standing Tornado 5-4.
February 19, 2014
After 10 innings, King and LMU end tied at six
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team opened their home season with a matchup against regional rival Lincoln Memorial University. Tyler Raymond turned in a stellar start, and the Tornado had a 6-2 lead before the Railsplitters evened the score at 6-6 in the seventh inning. Neither team was able to score in regulation or the 10th inning before the game was called due to darkness tied at 6-6.
February 18, 2014
Gaby named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University baseball player Tyler Gaby turned in a great performance in last weekend’s three-game series at Francis Marion University. He drove in five runs, including a three-run home run, en route to being named Conference Carolinas Player of the Week.
February 17, 2014
King-Virginia Intermont postponed
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Tuesday’s baseball game between King University and Virginia Intermont College has been postponed. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday at 2:00 p.m. on the campus of King University.
February 16, 2014
King drops rubber game at Francis Marion
FLORENCE, S.C – The King University baseball team took on Francis Marion University in the rubber game of their three game series on Sunday afternoon after the teams split a doubleheader on Saturday. The Tornado jumped out to an early lead behind a two-run from Garrett Cook, but the Patriots came storming back to take the contest 5-2.
February 15, 2014
Tornado top Francis Marion for first win of the season
FLORENCE, S.C. – The King University baseball continued their tough road schedule to open the season when they traveled to Francis Marion University to open a three game series on Saturday. The Tornado offense erupted in King’s 7-4 game one win, but the Patriots came back late to take game two 12-10 for the split.
February 9, 2014
Tornado drop heart breaker to Georgia College
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In search of their first win of the season, the King University baseball team jumped on No. 32 Georgia College in the first inning and extended their lead to 5-0 in the fourth inning. However, the Bobcats came back to even the score, and eventually take the game 6-5 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to take the series sweep.
February 8, 2014
Bobcat offense explodes in sweep of King
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The King University baseball team continued their tough nonconference schedule with a doubleheader at No. 32 Georgia College. The Bobcat offense erupted in game one for the 18-1 win before taking the nightcap 7-0.
February 2, 2014
Newberry comes back to take series sweep from King
NEWBERRY, S.C. – The King University baseball team tried to rebound from yesterday’s doubleheader sweep at Newberry College as they took the Wolves in game three of the season-opening series. The Tornado grabbed the early lead again, but the Wolves came back and took the game 9-3 for the series sweep.
February 1, 2014
Tornado drop pair at Newberry
NEWBERRY, S.C. – The King University baseball team opened their 2014 season on Saturday with a tough road doubleheader at Newberry College. The Tornado dropped a tough 3-2 decision on a walk-off in game one before Newberry took the nightcap 8-2.
January 30, 2014
Experienced Tornado have high expectations for 2014
BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time in as many years under head coach Blaine Brown, the King University baseball team posted a 30-win season in 2013. The Tornado return a plethora of experience from last year, including 19 seniors as the Tornado are picked to finish second in the Conference Carolinas Preseason Coaches’ Poll in 2014.
December 2, 2013
Tornado ink six in early signing period
BRSITOL, Tenn. – With the early signing period over, the King University baseball team has announced the signing of six players. The Tornado inked Letters of Intent from five infielders and one catcher who will begin competing in Navy and Scarlet this fall.