King falls in series finale to Erskine

King falls in series finale to Erskine

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team dropped their Conference Carolinas series final with Erskine College on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado held the lead early, but the Flying Fleet came back with a big sixth inning to take the contest 12-6.

FINAL SCORE: Erskine 12, King 6
LOCATION: King Baseball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 14-24, 7-15 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 25-18, 13-9 Conference Carolinas


  • Kevin Barbato ripped two home runs and a double, going 4-for-5 on the day with four runs batted in.
  • Austin Meyer and Tony Valdes posted two hits apiece on the day with Valdes scoring a pair of runs.


  • Meyer started the first with a single and later scored on a Valdes single to get King on the board.
  • Barbato made It a 3-0 lead when he crushed a two-run home run.
  • Trader Flora started the second inning with a double and later scored on a groundout, giving King a 4-0 lead after two innings.
  • Erskine tallied singles runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, cutting their deficit to 4-3.
  • The Flying Fleet grabbed the lead in the sixth inning with then scored seven runs on three hits. A pair of bases loaded walks and a single from Drew Yniesta plated runs as Erskine took a 10-4 lead.
  • Barbato got the Tornado on the board again in the seventh when he ripped another two-run home run, this one to center field.
  • However, Erskine scored a pair of runs in the eighth, extending their lead to 12-6 as they took the win by that score.


  • Kyle Heiss and Trevor Lesane led Erskine with three hits and two runs scored each. Heiss also drove in two runs.


Winning Pitcher: Trey Watts (2-1) 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO
Losing Pitcher: Ashton King (1-6) 1.1 IP, 4 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO


  • King travels to Lincoln Memorial University on Tuesday. First pitch from Harrogate, Tenn. is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
  • Erskine travels to Anderson University on Wednesday evening.
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