Rhodes completes first season in professional baseballBRISTOL, 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.
Rhodes signs professional contract with the Pittsburgh PiratesBRISTOL, 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.
King alum, Corr named USA Today National Coach of the YearBRISTOL, 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.
King takes a pair of Conference Carolinas sportsmanship awardsBRISTOL, 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.
Rhodes selected to Academic All-District TeamBRISTOL, 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.
Trojans comeback to top King in Conference Carolinas title gameBURLINGTON, 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.
Tornado slide into conference championship roundBURLINGTON, 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.
Cieslewitz, Mullins power King past ErskineBURLINGTON, 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.
Conference Carolinas Tournament postponed to SaturdayBURLINGTON, 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.
Gaby, Rhodes earn all-conference honorsBRISTOL, 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.
Hooker's clutch hits lift King past PfeifferBURLINGTON, 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.
Gaby earns TSWA Player of the Week honorsBRISTOL, 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.
Rhodes named Conference Carolinas Pitcher of the WeekBRISOL, 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.
Tornado seniors complete sweep of BartonBRISTOL, 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.
Rhodes picks up save, complete game in sweep of BartonBRISTOL, 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.
Tornado bats come alive in 12-7 win over TusculumBRISTOL, 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.
King leads CC with 10 academic all-conference selectionsBRISTOL, 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.
King at Lincoln Memorial is cancelledBRISTOL, Tenn. – With rain falling in northeast Tennessee, the King University baseball game at Lincoln Memorial has been cancelled. The game will not be rescheduled.
Weekend series with Barton alteredBRISTOL, 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.
King sweeps Limestone to clinch postseason bidBRISTOL, 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.
Stanley's complete game lifts Tornado past LimestoneBRISTOL, 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.
Bears come back to top TornadoHICKORY, 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.
Erskine sweeps doubleheader to win seriesDUE 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.
King holds off Erskine to take game oneDUE 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.
Cook's two home runs key King's 15-5 win over Carson-NewmanKODAK, 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.
Bears top King 6-4BRISTOL, 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.
Eighth inning leads Mount Olive to win over KingBRISTOL, 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.
Mount Olive sweeps doubleheader from TornadoBRISTOL, 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.
Weekend series with Mount Olive alteredBRISTOL, 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.
Tornado drop nonconference tilt with Carson-NewmanBRISTOL, 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.
King-Carson-Newman moved to WednesdayBRISOL, 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.
Crusader offense leads to sweep of KingBRISTOL, 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.
Gaby, Cieslewitz power King to win over Belmont AbbeyBRISTOL, 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.
Gaby collects second CC weekly awardBRISTOL, 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.
UVa-Wise stuns Tornado with 12-11 victoryBRISTOL, 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.
King-Virginia Intermont contest move to KU campusBRISTOL, 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.
Offense leads King to sweep at North GreenvilleTIGERVILLE, - 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.
King tops North Greenville for first conference winTIGERVILLE, 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.
Tornado outlast UVa-WiseWISE, 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.