Offense erupts as King tops Salem

Photo credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo credit: Tyler Feaster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University baseball team grabbed a pair of wins against Salem University on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado had a big offensive performance, taking the first contest 12-9 and the second 5-2.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 12, Salem 9; King 5, Salem 2
LOCATION: King Baseball Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 6-3; Salem 0-4

SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The King offense got off to a strong start, scoring five runs in the first inning.
  • Junior Renwick posted the first hit of the day, with a line-drive up the middle that scored Barger.
  • Austin Meyer followed with a single to center field that scored Renwick and gave King an early 2-0 lead.
  • The Tornado offense continued to put runs on the board, after Barbour doubled down the right field line to drive in three runs and give King a 5-0 lead.
  • King extended their lead in the third inning, adding another five runs.
  • Brayden Cooney opened up the inning with a single down the middle that scored Sari, then Carnicella ripped a double to left-center that drove in three runs.
  • Barger added a hit at the end of the third, scoring Carnicella and extending the Tornado lead to 10-0.
  • The King defense held the Tigers scoreless for three innings, including the pitching performance by Drew Moore, who pitched three innings and finished with five hits and five strikeouts.
  • The Tigers added their first runs in the fourth inning, after Parker Lenivy doubled to left-center, driving in three runs.
  • In the fifth inning, Salem cut their deficit to three after scoring four unearned runs.
  • In the sixth inning, McCann singled to center field to drive in Sari and another Barbour double drove in one run, giving King a 12-7 lead.
  • In the seventh inning, the Tigers drove in two more runs, but Erik Calderon Jr. came in to strike out three batters and grab the save for the Tornado.

OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Trevor Beards (1-1) 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Losing Pitcher: Brendan Case (1-1) 1.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO
Save: Erik Calderon Jr. (2) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS

  • King started game two off just as strong as game two, as the Tornado scored two runs after Sari and Cooney drove in a pair of runs.
  • In the second inning, Salem scored a run after a Kasey Buchanan single down the left-field line to drive in Dalton Robison.
  • King extended their lead to 3-1 after Connor Andrews crossed home plate on a passed ball.
  • Salem tried to work their way back in the contest in the sixth inning, after Austin Whetzel drove in a run on a fielder's choice play.
  • The Tornado didn't stop adding more runs, as McCann and Carnicella both drove in one run in the sixth inning.
  • Calderon Jr. grabbed his second save of the day after striking out three in the final inning, eventually giving King the 5-2 victory.

 OF RECORD

Winning Pitcher: Avery Cain (1-1) 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
Losing Pitcher: Dominic Curole (0-2) 5.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO
Save: Erik Calderon Jr. (3) 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO

FOR THE FOES

  • Tyler D'Allesandro had four of hits on the day and Lenivy had one hit that drove in three.
  • Cruole had two hits on the day.

UP NEXT

  • The non conference series concludes on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
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