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Cavaliers score four runs in the ninth to stun King

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- UVa-Wise scored multiple runs in each of the last four innings, including four in the ninth to claim a 12-11 win over King University on Tuesday. The Cavaliers pounded out 17 hits in the victory, including three from Bill Steven who also scored a pair of runs and finished with two RBIs.

UVa-Wise (5-10) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Steven lined a two-out, two RBI double.

The score would remain 2-0 until the third inning when King (11-17-1) scored five runs to take the lead. The first five Tornado reached base in the frame as Garrett Cook and Taylor Raymond each had two RBI hits.

King extended its lead to 6-2 in the fifth inning before UVa-Wise scored two in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 6-4. The Torando would take advantage of a two-out error in the home half of the sixth to put three runs on the board to run its lead back out to 9-4.

From that point, UVa-Wise would outscore King 8-2 over the remainder of the game to claim the victory. After the Cavaliers scored a combined four runs in the seventh and eighth inning to cut the lead to 9-8, the Tornado would score twice in the home eighth to run the lead back up to three at 11-8. King used a triple from Raymond, a wild pitch, and an RBI double from Carl Roberts to score the runs.

In the ninth, the Cavs put the first two hitters on without putting a ball in play. Tye Marshall walked to lead off the frame and Bryan Andrews was hit by a pitch to put two on. A wild pitch moved each runner up 90 feet which led to a run-scoring single by Chaz Tanner. Ty Lighton would then knock in Andrews on a fielding error by King to cut the lead to 11-10 with one out in the inning. Ty King would then be retired on the infield fly rule to put the Tornado within one out of the win. Mike McCollum extended the game for UVa-Wise as he lined an 0-1 pitch to right field to load the bases for Steven Klaiber.

The Roanoake, Va. native delivered with a two-out, two RBI single to right field to give UVa-Wise its first lead since the third inning at 12-11. The Tornado would stop the rally one batter later on a fly out to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.

R.W. Payne was summoned out of the Cavalier bullpen to close out the contest and he delivered a hitless ninth to record his first save of the season.

UVa-Wise will return to league play this weekend when the team travels to South Euclid, Ohio to face Notre Dame College in a four-game set. A doubleheader is scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday.

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