Mueller’s home run lifts King to win at ETSU

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A sixth-inning home run was all the King College softball team needed in a 3-2 game-two victory at East Tennessee State University Monday. Host East Tennessee State won game one with a 5-4 score.

Stephanie Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) powered out a three-run home run to left in the sixth inning of the second contest. It was her second home run of the season as Cassie Ringstaff (Richlands, Va.) and Lauren Wilson (Abingdon, Va.) were on base at the time after a single and walk.

Mueller also had a double earlier in the contest as she collected half of King's four hits in the contest.

After the Lady Tornado took the lead freshman Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) finished off the game to pick up her third win of the season. Wilmoth went all seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits. She walked four and struck out three in her fifth complete game as a collegiate pitcher.

Wilmoth had to work around a pair of two-out walks in the final inning, but a catch at the fence by Christy Kooch (Knoxville, Tenn.) shut the door on the game.

ETSU scored a run in both the third and fourth innings to take the 2-0 lead.

Shelby Morris went seven innings as her record went to 5-4 after the decision. She struck out five and walked two along with the four hits. Morris was the winning pitcher of game one after she recorded the final six outs.

In the opener Kooch powered a three-run home run in the fourth to bring King within one, 4-3. It was her third home run of 2011.

King would tie things up in the top of the sixth when a groundball by Wilson turned into an error and Natasha Dean (Church Hill, Tenn.) scored from third. Dean was in as a pinch runner after Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.) doubled to start the inning.

The Lady Bucs regained the lead with a bunt single by Tara Hartnett in the sixth and Nicole Fox scored.

Samantha Watts (Nashville, Tenn.) scattered a dozen hits in six innings for King. All five runs were earned as she struck out two.

Katie Henderson and Whitley Hensely both had two-hit efforts in game two.

In game one Nicole Fox had a 4-for-4 game as ETSU totaled a dozen hits by seven players.

After Monday's split King went to 8-16 on the season while ETSU owns an 11-15 record. Monday's meeting was the first time the programs met on the softball field.

King welcomes Milligan (Tenn.) College to Bristol for a pair of games Tuesday starting at 2 p.m.