Softball

1 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIP & 2 TOURNAMENT TITLES

Pitching leads King to sweep of SWU

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team won two more Conference Carolinas games on Saturday, pushing their league record to 4-0. The Tornado took game one from Southern Wesleyan University 1-0 before winning game two 8-5.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 1, Southern Wesleyan 0; King 8, Southern Wesleyan 5
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 13-8, 4-0 Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 8-12, 1-3 Conference Carolinas

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rachel Farmer worked around a pair of base runners in each the first and second innings, but kept the Warriors off the scoreboard.
  • The Tornado turned a double play that cut down a run at the plate and ended the top of the second inning.
  • Katelyn Davidson then started the bottom half with a single before stealing second. Davidson later scored on a Katie McCann groundout, putting King ahead 1-0.
  • Southern Wesleyan had at least one base runner in four of the final five innings, but Farmer was up to the task, stranding them all.
  • Farmer tossed her third complete game of the season and first career shutout.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Rachel Farmer (4-0) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO
Losing Pitcher: Ashton Martin (4-5) 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • A pair of hit by pitches put two runners on for the Tornado in the first before Burnett ripped a double that score them both and put King ahead 2-0.
  • Southern Wesleyan got one run back on an Ashton Martin leadoff home run in the second inning.
  • Burnett stretched the Tornado lead to 3-1 with a single that scored Casteel.
  • Martin ripped another home run in the fourth, cutting the Southern Wesleyan deficit to 3-2.
  • Gilbert got that run back for the Tornado in the fourth with a triple that scored Hanna Adams.
  • The Warriors scored one again in the fifth, but Azlee Sells came back with a double that plated Brokering, giving King a 5-3 lead.
  • King looked to put the game out of reach in the sixth, scoring three runs to take an 8-3 advantage. Gilbert and Brokering each drove in runs in the inning for King.
  • Southern Wesleyan didn't give up, however, plating a pair of runs in the seventh, but Gilbert got the final two outs to give King the 8-5 victory.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Emma Hughes (4-2) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Losing Pitcher: Emma Collins (1-3) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Lydia Clanton went 3-for-3 in game one to lead the Warriors.
  • Ashton Martin led Southern Wesleyan in game two, going 2-for-3, driving in two and scoring twice.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to Mars Hill University. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
  • Southern Wesleyan travels to Lees-McRae College on Sunday.
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