NEWBERRY, N.C. – Kendall Brabson earned her first win of the season from the circle in a complete game win then followed with a three-RBI day in their game two victory over the Newberry College Wolves. King swept the Wolves to improve their overall record to 4-2 on the young season.
GAME ONE: King 3, Newberry 2
Brabson, a native of Bean Station, Tenn., tossed all seven innings in their game one victory allowing only two runs, one earned. The senior struck out three Newberry hitters and cruised through her final four innings of work after allowing only one runner on base in her final 13 batters faced.
Newberry scored the game's first run in the second inning with a two-out, RBI single by Brittany Phillips, but King was quick to get the run back plus two. Chrissy Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) started the rally with an infield single and the top of the order followed suit with singles by Aubrey Hutt (Bristol, Va.) and Stephanie Rodriguez (Lake Mary, Fla.) to get the first run on the board. The Lady Tornado's aggressive base running on Hutt's infield single placed runners at second and third with one out. Rodriguez but down a suicide squeeze, scoring Melcher, and more aggressive base running putting runners back on second and third with a tie ballgame.
Cassie Ringstaff followed up with a single to the right side of the infield, scoring Rodriguez and giving King a 2-1 lead before Brabson added to the score with a run scoring, sacrifice fly to left field.
Newberry cut into the lead when Monica Buccellato hit a run scoring, infield single to bring the lead to one, but Brabson kept the Wolves in check by allowing only one runner on base from that point on. She finished the game retiring the last seven batters in a row, leading to a 3-2 final score.
GAME TWO: King 5, Newberry 1
Rachel Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) took the win in game two after tossing a complete game of her own, allowing one run on five hits and striking out one. After allowing one run in the third inning, the sophomore settled in and retired 11 of her last 12 batters faced.
Brabson continued the shine by getting it done at the plate with her first home run of the season, a two-run shot pulled over the right field fence to help the Lady Tornado to a 2-0, third-inning lead. After Newberry halved the lead with Phillips' second RBI single of the day, Melcher batted in Fallon Thomas from second base with a single to center field.
King added to the lead when Cassie Ringstaff belted her second home run of the season with a shot to center field, scoring Aubrey Hutt to give the Lady Tornado a 5-1 lead they held until the final out was recorded.
Ringstaff finished the day as one of two players to record three RBI. The Richlands, Va., native went 2-for-7 with a stolen base and a walk over the course of the doubleheader. Brabson went 2-for-5 with three ribbies and a home run.
The Lady Tornado improve to 4-2 overall this season and will play two more regional games on Thursday, Feb. 23, against the Carson-Newman Eagles in a home doubleheader beginning at 1:30 p.m. They will open Conference Carolinas play at Erskine College (Due West, S.C.) on Feb. 25.