King Softball overtaken at Limestone to start 2011

GAFFNEY, S.C. – King College saw Limestone (S.C.) College take the first two softball games of 2011 with scores of 6-0 and 20-2 Wednesday.

Aubree Hutt (Bristol, Va.) started King's season in game one with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt, but she did not score. Limestone opened the game with four runs on three hits with three King errors in the bottom of the first.

After Stephanie Mueller (Mt. Washington, Ky.) was hit by a pitch as the lead off hitter in the King second, Kendall Brabson (Bean Station, Tenn.) provided an infield single, but once again the Lady Tornado offense could not capitalize as a double play ended the threat.

The only King baserunners to reach after the second inning would be Mueller on another hit by pitch in the fourth and Natasha Dean (Church Hill, Tenn.) via a throwing error in the sixth.

Limestone scored two more runs in the fifth for insurance.

King's Samantha Watts (Nashville, Tenn.) went all six innings for King and none of the six runs she allowed were earned. She struck out three and walked one.

Jordan Smith had two of Limestone's six hits, one being a triple, and two of the team's four RBIs. Jenna Guse scored twice.

Emily Wallace completed the game for Limestone with six strikeouts in seven innings.

The Lady Tornado's season-opening winning streak was stopped at two as the last time King lost the first game of the season was in 2008 at Lees-McRae (N.C.) College. The last time King was shutout was 14 games ago, a 9-0 decision at Union (Ky.) College on April 10, 2010.

In game two King scored both runs in the first inning thanks to a RBI single from Brabson and a RBI groundout off the bat of Adrianne Evans (Bristol, Va.).

The home team answered with five runs in the first, two more in the second followed by a six-run third and seven runs in the fourth.

Rachael Wilmoth (Morristown, Tenn.) was on the mound for three innings and was tagged for the loss.

Shelby Webb went all five innings for Limestone with two runs on four hits with four RBIs, two hits and three runs scored.

King had four players each with a hit in the finale.

Guse and Hannah Mills both had three hits apiece with three runs scored each.

King will go to Mars Hill (N.C.) College for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.