BURLINGTON, N.C. – In a Conference Carolinas Tournament winner's bracket game that was supposed to take place a day prior, the second seeded King University softball team advanced to the semifinals with a 2-0 victory over sixth seed Pfeiffer University. Tornado pitcher Hannah Light tossed her second shutout in as many games in the tournament while Fallon Thomas and Octavia Lewis-Rand delivered the offense for King.
Light didn't allow a hit until the leadoff hitter of the fifth inning reached on an infield single to the shortstop. Pfeiffer's first runner of the game came in the fourth when Sadie Saine worked a walk. Thomas, a senior, led the Tornado offense, ripping a ground-rule double in the first inning. In the third inning, she came up with a bigger blow, a solo home run to left field the glanced of the fielder's glove and over the fence.
King (28-24) threatened in the fourth with a Chrissy Melcher double, but she was stranded there. The Tornado struck again in the fifth when Lewis-Rand crushed a home run to center field, giving King what was a commanding 2-0 lead.
Pfeiffer (18-24-1) threatened with their second hit in the sixth inning, but Light got a pair of flyouts to end the threat. In the seventh inning, Light got stronger, striking out the first two batters before getting a groundout to second base to end the contest.
Light struck out seven in the two hit shutout on 98 pitches. Her counterpart, Sydney Poole only allowed the two runs on seven hits in six innings of work.
Offensively, King was led by Thomas and Lewis-Rand with their sixth and second home runs of the season, respectively. Melcher and Tori McComas each went 2-for-3 in the win.
King will be in action again at 4:00 p.m. when the take on fourth seed University of Mount Olive with a spot in the championship game on the line. Pfeiffer takes on Erskine College at 2:00 p.m. in an elimination game.