King Baseball blanks Eagles 3-0

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. - A pair of home runs with a strong pitching performance helped King College to a 3-0 win Wednesday at Carson-Newman (Tenn.) College.

Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) homered in the second to start the inning. He later added a RBI single to center in the fourth to push in C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) who doubled to start the frame.

Stabler hit his team-high third home run of 2011 in the top of the ninth to give King an insurance run. His double earlier in the contest was his third of the season.

After the day Walker pushed his RBI total to 13 which is a team high with his second home run of the season.

Jordan Wooullard (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) also had a 2-for-3 effort for the Tornado. The other King hit came from Tyler Gaby (Bristol, Tenn.).

Danny Laperna (Lake Worth, Fla.) tossed the first eight innings and kept Carson-Newman off the scoreboard. He scattered five hits with two strikeouts and two walks issued. Laperna evened his record at 1-1.

Dustin Pannell (Aiken, S.C.) came in and closed things out in the ninth for his third save of the season.

It was the second shutout of the season for the Tornado as the first came with a similar 3-0 score against Tiffin (Ohio) University on Feb. 12. The last time King had a shutout on the road was Feb. 27, 2010, when the Tornado knocked off Southern Poly (Ga.) with a matching 3-0 score. In all King has posted six shutouts since the start of the 2010 season.

Carson-Newman's Evan Faithfull went the first 4 1/3 innings and suffered the loss with two runs on five hits. Morgan Gregory had two of the Eagles' six hits on the day.

King improved to 9-5 behind a four-game winning streak with all games away from Bristol while Carson-Newman owns a 6-12 record after the contest.

The Tornado will start a three-game series against Salem International (W.Va.) University Saturday with a noon doubleheader.