JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – A six-run seventh inning helped propel the Tornado past the Eagles of Carson-Newman College on Tuesday afternoon. King outscored Carson-Newman, 10-7, at the Silver Diamond Baseball Complex while Daniel Glenn tossed six solid innings of work to help guide the Tornado toward the win.
King went into the seventh inning down 2-1 but with the help of three errors by the Eagles, the Tornado scored six runs to retake the lead. With one out, Danny Laperna (Lake Worth, Fla.) reached base on an error by C-N first baseman, Kyle Koeneman, followed by a walk to Heath Williams. After Doug Freeman struck out swinging, senior shortstop Shane Timberlake (Lynchburg, Va.) belted a triple to right field to score the pair and take a 3-2 lead.
An error by Carson-Newman right fielder Lucas Mohon extended the inning and allowed Timberlake score from third. A walk and a second error by Mohon loaded the bases for Josh Huffman (Lynchburg, Va.), who dropped a single into right field, scoring two runs. After the end of the top of the seventh, King held a 7-2 lead.
Carson-Newman tied the game up with a four-run eighth inning when the Eagles led the inning off with three consecutive singles to left field to load the bases. Evan Jurjevic tagged one run on a sacrifice fly to left, followed by back-to-back RBI singles to draw within a run of the Tornado. Lance Reed evened it up in his first plate appearance of the game with a run-scoring single to right field, tying the game at seven runs.
King pulled away late with four runs in the top of the ninth. Cody Snyder (Bluff City, Tenn.) dropped in a single down the right field line to lead off the inning. After a walk and fielder's choice advanced Snyder to third base, Laperna drove a single up the middle to score the eventual game-winning run. Heath Williams followed up with a RBI single to left field, scoring Bryant Walker from second. Freeman capped off the rally with a run-scoring single through the right side to plate Laperna and give King a three-run lead, 10-7. Dustin Pannell closed out the game with his second inning of relief, pitching a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
Daniel Glenn pitched six strong innings in his first start of the season. The senior struck out eight batters and held the Eagles to three runs in the no-decision.
The Tornado improved their overall record to 5-5 this season. They will take on cross-town rival Virginia Intermont on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the King College Baseball Complex. King will begin the Conference Carolinas slate on Saturday, Feb. 25, against Barton College at home.