King sees Tusculum take two, 2-1 and 5-2
BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College softball team played on campus for the first time in program history Tuesday, but Tusculum (Tenn.) College crashed the party with wins of 2-1 and 5-2.
After the doubleheader King's record went to 5-11 while Tusculum owns a 17-4 record. The Lady Tornado has Mars Hill (N.C.) College on the schedule for a Wednesday doubleheader at 2 p.m. at home.
King scored the first run at the new field in the second inning when Shauna Haga (Blountville, Tenn.) singled to center to allow pinch runner Tasha Dean () to score from third. Dean ran for Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.) who doubled to start the inning. Brabson went onto finish with two of King's four hits in the game.
Both of Tusculum's runs were scored in the sixth thanks to a RBI single by Ashley Burke and she later scored on a passed ball.
Samantha Watts (Nashville, Tenn.) was tagged for nine hits in seven innings of work for King. She struck out four and only one of the runs was earned.
Tusculum's Erin Searcy struck out eight Lady Tornado batters on the mound.
In the second contest the visiting Lady Pioneers scored a run in both the second and third innings before a three-run fourth to cap the scoring.
The Lady Tornado did not give up a two-out single in the final inning to right by Christy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) pushed in both of King's runs. Kooch had a hit earlier as well.
Cassie Ringstaff (Richlands, Va.) was 2-for-4 in the leadoff spot for King.
Savannah Ewing finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the second game for Tusculum after a 2-for-4 effort in game one.
Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) scattered 10 hits and four of the five runs were earned.
Elizabeth Johnson did not give up an earned run around seven hits as her record went to 9-0.