BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College was unable to overcome an early deficit in a 12-7 series finale at home against Tiffin (Ohio) University Sunday.
The visitors scored five times in the first inning on just three hits. Colin Lowe provided three RBIs on his double down the left field line with two outs. He ended the game 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
King, now at 2-3 on the season, used a sacrifice fly from C.J. Stabler (Kingsport, Tenn.) in the first to get on the board. Heath Williams (Bristol, Va.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning then he stole second and went to third on a passed ball. The Tornado offense struck for two runs in the second which included a Williams sacrifice fly and a RBI double from Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.).
Tiffin, at 2-1, posted three more runs in the third and King got a sacrifice fly from Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.) in the bottom half of the inning to make the score 8-4.
The visitors got three more runs in the sixth with one more in the seventh. King tried to rally, but a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh were not enough.
Bryant Walker (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Doug Freeman (Lakeland, Fla.) both had two hits while a double from Garrett Cook (Luray, Va.) in the seventh drove in two runs. Freeman and Cook both scored twice.
Tiffin's lead-off hitter, Michael Dushane went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored, a RBI and a walk. Val Helldobler and Chris Pistorio both posted 2-for-5 efforts with the bat.
Tony Naso tossed three innings of relief and was declared the winning pitcher. He scattered five hits and allowed one earned run with two strikeouts.
Danny Laperna (Lake Worth, Fla.) was hit for eight runs in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out two with six hits allowed.
The 12 runs allowed are the most this season and the most scored on a King team since Concord (W.Va.) University had 17 in a game on April 29, 2010. In the first four games of 2011 King gave up a total of 13 runs.
King has a 1 p.m. home contest Tuesday with nearby Virginia Intermont College.