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Concord Drops Non-Conference Game at King, 12-11

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BRISTOL, Tenn. -

The Concord University baseball team could not withstand a late rally by King College Wednesday as the Tornado's came from behind in the game's final innings to defeat the Mountain Lions, 12-11, at King Baseball Field in Bristol, Tenn.

The Mountain Lions led 9-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Tornado's outscored Concord 10-2 in the final two innings to complete the comeback.

The loss snapped a five-game Concord (17-14) winning streak.

Concord was led in the defeat by senior Devin Smith and freshman Joe Camp. Smith drove in a team-high three runs while Camp, the reigning NCBWA Atlantic Region Hitter of the Week, went 5-for-5 with a double and two RBI. The five-hit game was Camp's second of the season.

Sophomore T.J. Brockway and senior Joe Mays both added a pair of RBI each.

Freshman Andrew Seigel and junior Joey Miller also recorded two-hit games with Seigel stealing two bases, pushing his total to 16 on the year, as well as driving in one run.

CU trailed 2-0 through five innings, but posted a four-run sixth inning followed by five more runs in the seventh to take the seemingly solid 9-2 advantage.

However, King (20-15) answered back with six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and four additional runs in the eighth to retake the lead 12-9 heading into the ninth.

The Mountain Lions fired back with a pair of runs in the ninth thanks to a one-out, two-run single by Smith that scored Brockway and Mays, who led off the frame with back-to-back hits. But the game ended on the next at-bat when Blevins lined out to the pitcher and Smith was thrown out trying to tag up at first.

Pitcher Chris Baker made his first start of the season for Concord and threw three inning of one-hit, no-run baseball before giving way to a CU bullpen that had a rough day on the mound; allowing 12 runs (eight earned) on 14 hits in five innings.

Cody Justus (0-1) took the loss for Concord.

As a team, Concord outhit King 16-15.

The Mountain Lions return to conference play this weekend with a three-game series at home against Charleston.

CU and UC will play two seven-inning games starting 1:00 p.m. April 6 followed by a nine-inning contest 1:00 p.m. April 7.