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Odom, Riddle lead King to Sweep at LMU

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University went on the road and took their second straight sweep with a pair of wins at Lincoln Memorial University. The Tornado took game one 1-0 behind a stellar pitching performance from Leslie Odom before the offense led King to a 7-4 game-two victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 1, Lincoln Memorial 1; King 7, Lincoln Memorial 4
LOCATION: Neely Field; Harrogate, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 17-13; Lincoln Memorial 19-11

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kay Brokering went 5-for-5 on the day with a pair of walks to lead the Tornado offense.
  • Katie McCann and Hannah Riddle posted three hits each, including Riddle's eighth home run of the year.
  • For Riddle, that extends her hitting streak to 14 games.
  • Katelynn scored a team-high two runs and Erin Roper drove in a pair.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Tornado threatened with a pair of two-out runners in the first inning, but couldn't push a run across.
  • King again had a pair of runners in the third inning, but Railsplitter pitcher Brianna Taylor again got out of the jam.
  • In the fifth inning, McCann started the frame with a single up the middle. After she stole second, Riddle drove in her in with a single up the middle, putting the Tornado ahead 1-0.
  • On the other side, Odom retired the first seven batters she faced and only allowed two baserunners in the first five innings.
  • In the sixth, Lincoln Memorial had runners on second and third with one out, but Odom got a pop out and fly out to end the threat.
  • Odom then retired the side in order in the seventh, giving King the 1-0 win.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Leslie Odom (9-4) 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Losing Pitcher: Brianna Taylor (8-7) 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • King grabbed the lead with a run in the top of the second, but the Railsplitters answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the frame.
  • Riddle gave the lead back to King with a home run in the third inning before the Tornado posted three runs in the fourth inning.
  • Jenna Burnett doubled to score Brokering in the fourth. Later in the inning, Summer Hayes ripped a double that scored pinch runner Hanna Adams.
  • McCann then made it a 5-1 Tornado lead with a triple that scored Hayes.
  • The Tornado lead grew to 6-1 following an Roper sacrifice fly that scored Katelyn Davidson in the fifth inning.
  • Lincoln Memorial then began chipping away, scoring an unearned run in the fifth inning before Elise Bruce ripped a home run in the sixth, cutting the King lead to 6-3.
  • Roper tacked on an insurance run for the Tornado in the seventh inning with a two-out single that scored Burnett.
  • Lincoln Memorial got one back with two outs in the seventh, but Rachel Farmer finished the game with a strikeout, giving the Tornado the 7-4 win.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Emma Hughes (3-6) 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Losing Pitcher: Justice Smith (11-4) 7.0 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Save: Rachel Farmer (3) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Ty-Kella Goins led the Railsplitters with three hits, including a triple.
  • Ashley Hunter and Grace Cochran registered two hits each on the day.

UP NEXT

  • The Tornado travel to Limestone College on Friday for a Conference Carolinas twinbill at 2:00 p.m.
  • Lincoln Memorial travels to Queens on Friday.
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