King splits, wins series against Barton

Photo credit: Mason Thomas
Photo credit: Mason Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team won their second straight Conference Carolinas series, splitting a doubleheader with Barton College on Saturday. The Bulldogs used four runs in the final two innings to take game one 4-2 before the Tornado offense came back for a 10-3 win in the nightcap.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Barton 4, King 2; King 10, Barton 3
LOCATION: King Baseball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 12-6, 5-1 Conference Carolinas; Barton 9-10, 1-5 Conference Carolinas

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Junior Renwick led King with four hits on the day, including two doubles. He also drove in three.
  • Hunter Barbour drove in three runs on two hits, including a home run in game two.
  • Brayden Cooney posted three hits and drove in two in the nightcap.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Tornado had a pair of runners in the first, but Barton stranded them on base to keep the game scoreless.
  • King broke through in the third when Renwick ripped a double that scored Barger who started the inning with a double.
  • Austin Meyer followed with single to score Renwick and give King a 2-0 lead after three innings.
  • On the mound, Trevor Beards escaped a jam in the fourth for the Tornado, leaving Barton baserunners on second and third.
  • However, Beards couldn't get out of the sixth inning unscathed as the Bulldogs played a pair of runs. The first on a pair of doubles before an Ethan Davis single evened the score at two.
  • The Barton leadoff batter reached base on a hit by pitch in the seventh.
  • The Bulldogs then dropped down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw went down the right field line, allowing Zach Long to score.
  • Barton then added another run on another miscue from the Tornado to take a 4-2 lead.
  • King had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the inning, but couldn't push any runs across as Barton took the game 4-2.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Alex Hart (1-3) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO
Losing Pitcher: Trevor Beards (2-2) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
Save: Colby Warren (3) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cooney gave King a 2-0 lead with a single that scored Renwick and Jarret Backus.
  • Austin Meyer later scored on a double steal, giving King a 3-0 lead after the first inning.
  • Barbour stretched the Tornado lead to 6-0 with a three-run home run to right field in the third inning.
  • King again scored three runs in the fifth inning, two on a Renwick single through the left side, giving King a 9-0 lead.
  • Barton got on the board in the sixth, but the Tornado got the run back in the bottom of the inning to take a 10-1 advantage.
  • The Bulldogs added two runs in the eighth, but that was it as the Tornado took the contest 10-3.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Braden White (5-0) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Losing Pitcher: Colby Shimmel (1-3) 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Brayden Olson led Barton with four hits on the day.
  • Davis and Warren each drove in two with Davis having three hits.

UP NEXT

  • King travels to take on Mars Hill University on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Mars Hill, N.C.
  • Barton travels to UNC Pembroke on Wednesday.