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.
The teams combined for one hit through the first three and one-half innings until the Tornado (12-21-1) got the offense going in the fourth. Joe Ganger reached on an error and stole second before J.D. Wallace drove him in with a single to right field, giving King the lead.
However, Carson-Newman (17-16) answered with a run of their own in the top of the fifth. Brandon Roberts was hit by pitch, and stole second with one out before Evan Kirkpatrick worked a walk. After a wild pitch moved Roberts to third, Gooch Greer then dropped down a squeeze bunt to even the score at 1-1.
The Tornado threatened to score in the bottom half of the fifth as Logan Schmidt ripped a two-out double with runners on first and second. However, the Eagles threw to third, and got the runner out before the run crossed the plate to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
Carson-Newman used the momentum to take the lead in the top of the sixth. Cody Fox started the inning with a double, and was sacrificed to third before scoring in a sacrifice fly. The Eagles weren't done, however as they loaded the bases on an infield single and a walk, bringing Kirkpatrick to the plate. He ripped a line drive into the left center field gap that rolled to the fence. Kirkpatrick touched all four bases for the inside the park home run, giving Carson-Newman a 6-1 lead.
The Eagles added a run in the seventh inning to take the contest 7-1. The Eagles turned three double plays in the victory.
Mitch Stophel got the start on the bump, and lasted five and two-thirds innings. He allowed four runs on three hits. Six different Tornado accounted for hits.
King will be in action again this weekend when they host the University of Mount Olive. The three game series is slated to start on Saturday, weather permitting. Check KingTornado.com for the latest updates on this weekend's series.