GREENWOOD, S.C. – The King University softball had a pair of solid pitching performances on Friday as Casey Gilbert defeat Concord University 2-0. However, the Tornado fell to Lander University 1-0 later in the day.
FINAL SCORE: King 2, Concord 0
LOCATION: Erskine Softball Complex; Due West, S.C.
RECORDS: King 2-1; Concord 0-1
- Megan Puckett and Sydney Bailey drove in runs for the Tornado.
- Puckett and Haylee Dye accounted for the two King hits.
GAME HIGHLIGHTS - CONCORD
- The Tornado had baserunners in all but one inning, including two in the first, but couldn't push any runs across.
- King stranded a pair again in the third before breaking through in the fourth.
- A sacrifice fly from Bailey scored Erin Foster who reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning to put King ahead.
- King tacked on an insurance run as Puckett drove in Nikole Counts with a sacrifice fly.
- In the circle, Casey Gilbert scattered five hits over seven innings, tossing her second shutout in as many starts.
Winning Pitcher: Casey Gilbert (2-0) 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO
Losing Pitcher: Laura Thompson (0-1) 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 BB, 12 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Jolie Privett led Concord with two hits.
FINAL SCORE: Lander 1, King 0
LOCATION: Doug Spears Field; Greenwood, S.C.
RECORDS: King 2-2; Lander 4-0
- Haylee Dye and Foster each posted hits for the Tornado
GAME HIGHLIGHTS - LANDER
- Both pitchers started hot, retiring the side in the first inning.
- King threatened with a pair of runners in the second inning, but an Ashley Vinson got the final two outs for Lander.
- Lander had a leadoff single in the second, but Nikole Counts stranded the runner to keep the game scoreless.
- Morgan Watson started a two-out rally with a single in the fourth and stole second.
- She then scored on a Delaney Guerrero single to center.
- King again had two runners on, but again Vinson got the final two outs, keeping King off the scoreboard.
- The Tornado went down in order in the seventh as Lander took the game 1-0.
Winning Pitcher: Ashley Vinson (2-0) 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO
Losing Pitcher: Nikole Counts (0-1) 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO
FOR THE FOES
- Watson posted two hits and scored the Bearcats' lone run.
- King takes on Carson-Newman University on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in Greenwood, S.C. The Tornado then take on Concord at 3:00 p.m.