Tornado push #5 NGU, but drop DH to Crusaders

Tornado push #5 NGU, but drop DH to Crusaders

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team gave fifth-ranked North Greenville all they could handle, but couldn't come up with a victory on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado held leads early in each contest, but the Crusaders came back to take game one 8-2 and game two 6-2.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: #5 North Greenville 8, King 2; #5 North Greenville 6, King 2
LOCATION: King Baseball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 11-22, 6-13 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 31-7, 18-3 Conference Carolinas

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Laskey started the second inning with a single and later scored on a Hilliard single, putting the Tornado ahead 1-0.
  • North Greenville loaded the bases in the third inning, but Braden White induced a ground ball as the Tornado turned a double play to get out of the jam.
  • Meyer stretched the King lead to 2-0 with a home run in the fourth inning.
  • However, the Crusaders answered in the fifth inning, scoring a pair of runs.
  • Jack Morris drove in one with a double and Jared Williams plated another with a single up the middle to even the tally.
  • North Greenville took the lead with six runs on seven hits in the sixth inning.
  • Josh Senter and Adam Sasser each had two-run singles in the inning.
  • The Tornado offense couldn't get going again as the Crusaders took the game 8-2.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Brock Robinson (2-1) 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Losing Pitcher: Ashton King (1-5) 3.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Barbour sparked the King offense with a leadoff double in the third inning.
  • He later scored on a Hilliard single to center to put King on top.
  • North Greenville came back with a pair of runs in the fourth inning, the second on a Jeffrey Chandler Jr. sacrifice fly.
  • King answered in the bottom of the inning as Barbour drove Kevin Barbato who singled earlier in the inning.
  • However, the Crusaders regained the lead in the fifth inning when Jeremy Williams dropped down a squeeze bunt to score Morris.
  • North Greenville added a pair of unearned runs in the seventh inning, and another in the eighth to take a 6-2 lead.
  • The King offense couldn't get anything going against one of the top pitchers in Conference Carolinas, Tucker Burgess as the Crusaders took the contest 6-2.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Tucker Burgess (9-1) 8.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO
Losing Pitcher: Drew Moore (1-3) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Williams went 5-for-8 on the day and drove in three.
  • Morris added four hits and scored four runs on the day.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to the diamond on Tuesday when they host Tusculum University at 3:30 p.m.
  • North Greenville travels to UNC Pembroke on Tuesday afternoon.
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