Tornado split on senior weekend against LMC

Photo credit: Dakota Bastin
Photo credit: Dakota Bastin

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University softball team was in action on Saturday against Lees-McRae College for senior day. Casey Gilbert tossed one of her best games of the year in game one to help King earn a split on the day.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 1, Lees-McRae; Lees-McRae 5, King 1
LOCATION: King Softball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 25-16, Conference Carolinas 11-5; Lees-McRae 19-16, Conference Carolinas 8-8

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gilbert tossed her fifth complete game shutout of the year and earned her tenth win of the year.
  • Katelyn Davidson hits a solo home run in game one to give King the 1-0 victory.
  • Kaycee Casteel goes 2-for-5 on the day.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • King started off the game a single from Casteel and a walk from Kay Brokering. King threatened to score with runners on first and third but was unable to capitalize early on.
  • Pitching for both sides were lights out for the whole game as Gilbert and Kara Cunningham matched each other pitch for pitch.
  • Davidson, however, broke the scoreless ball game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run over the centerfield fence to give King a 1-0 lead.
  • This proved to be enough as Gilbert would retire nine of the next 11 batters to shut down the Bobcats offense and take the game 1-0.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Gilbert (10-4) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Losing Pitcher: Cunningham (8-7) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Bobcats offense woke up in game two as Cunningham started off with a double down the left field line.
  • After a walk, Emily Merrium stepped up to the plate and knocked a double down the left field line to drive in two runs to give Lees-McRae a 2-0 lead.
  • Both offenses would quiet down once again as Rachel Farmer and Cassidy Largen going pitch for pitch as well, with Largen tossing a no-hitter all the way to the sixth inning.
  • The Bobcats added a run in the sixth however to extend their lead over the Tornado 3-0.
  • King cut into the lead in the sixth inning with Azlee Sells breaking up the no-hitter with a laser to left field.
  • Gilbert followed with a double to right field to cut the Bobcat lead down 3-1.
  • Lees-McRae added two more runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away 5-1.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Gilbert (10-4) 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Losing Pitcher: Madison Hunter (9-6) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Cunningham goes 5-for-7 on the day scoring twice.
  • Merrium drives in four runs in game two.
  • Largen tosses a complete game with eight strikeouts in game two.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts Tusculum University on Monday at 1:00 p.m.
  • Lees-McRae hosts Converse on Monday.

 

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