Tornado Baseball steals and sacrifices for Top-10 NCAA Division II rankings

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The King College baseball team scored four Top-10 NCAA Division II stat rankings as a part of 33 Top-100 rankings in the first report from the national office.

Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) was No. 2 in number of sacrifice bunts with eight while his 0.47 sacrifice bunts per game was No. 4. He also added the No. 41 spot in the toughest to strikeout category with a strikeout every 18.3 at bats.

The Tornado squad stole the No. 3 ranking in stolen bases per game with 2.86 while the squad's 60 stolen bases landed at No. 5.

In all King had 15 individual Top-100 rankings

C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) posted three of the rankings led by the No. 29 spot in sacrifice flies with three so far in the season. His 0.5 stolen bases per game and 10 stolen bases both were at No. 61.

Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.) was atop the stolen bases per game on the team with 0.53 which was No. 51 nationally. His 10 stolen bases was at No. 61 while a .492 on-base percentage put the freshman at No. 79.

On the pitching side Cory Rhodes (Kissimmee, Fla.) used five wins so far on the season to own the No. 9 spot. He also allowed 6.0 hits per nine innings which was ranked No. 66.

Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.) has recorded four saves to move into the No. 22 spot.

Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the team in triples with two to rank No. 43 nationally. His .394 batting average led the team but was right outside the Top-100 at No. 103.

Also in the toughest to strikeout category was Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) and Steven Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) at No. 91 and No. 95, respectively. Freeman has a strikeout once every 13.3 at bats while Mueller's ratio was one ever 13 at bats.

When it came to team stat rankings King posted 18 among the Top-100.

The next after the two in the Top-5 was a .969 fielding percentage at No. 24.

The Tornado's pitching staff issued 3.25 walks per nine innings to move into the No. 41 spot while the 8.52 hits per nine innings was No. 44 in the category. The squad's 4.15 earned run average was No. 64.

King's six triples was No. 48 in the category while the 0.29 triples per game was No. 59.

A total of 39 doubles ranked No. 65 and the 1.86 doubles per game was in at No. 70.

Nine home runs were good for the No. 71 spot in the total category while the No. 79 ranking in the home runs per game spot was where the 0.43 average was.

All of the King extra base hits helped the team to a .414 slugging percentage in at No. 78.

The Tornado's winning percentage of .619 put the team at No. 68.

King also added the No. 80 spot in sacrifice flies with nine and 22 hit by pitches was No. 90. A total of 11 sacrifice bunts barely made it in the Top-100 at No. 99 and 75 walks was ranked No. 92.

The Tornado will take a 13-9 record to Young Harris (Ga.) College for a three-game series Friday and Saturday.