Sun, Apr. 15, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Eighteenth-ranked Georgetown scored three times in the fifth inning to break open a close game, but the Tigers had to hang on down the stretch to post a 4-3 win over the University of Rio Grande, Saturday afternoon, in Mid-South Conference baseball action at Robert N. Wilson Field. The Tigers, who improved to 35-8 overall and 13-5 in the MSC with the win, used their three-run fifth to open up a 4-0 lead. As things turned out, they needed every run.
The RedStorm, which slipped to 25-19 overall and 5-10 in conference play with a fourth straight setback, scored single runs in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings and had the potential tying and go-ahead markers in scoring position with no outs in the ninth before Georgetown closer Chad Richie managed to wiggle off the hook and nail down the series-opening victory.
Georgetown grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning against Rio sophomore starter Mike Deitsch (Cincinnati, OH) when Mike Steinke reached on a one-out double to left, moved to third on a David Higuera groundout and scored on Brian Smith's single to center.
The lead grew to 4-0 in the fifth when Higuera led off with a single to center and ended up at second base on the same play thanks to an error. Smith followed with a run-scoring single to left and advanced into scoring position on the throw home trying to retire Higuera and, one out later, courtesy runner Taylor Payne scored on Tanner Baldwin's seeing-eye single to left to make it 3-0. Randy Guite's two-out double to right moments later plated Baldwin.
Meanwhile, Georgetown starter Tyler Arthur was having his way with the RedStorm--at least early on.
The freshman right-hander retired the first 13 batters he faced before freshman Kyle Findley (Cincinnati, OH) reached on a one-out single in the fifth. Junior Phillipe Dumont (Columbus, OH) came on to run for Findley and moved into scoring position with a steal of second before freshman Justin Cavender (Point Pleasant, WV) drew a two-out walk, but Arthur escaped unscathed by striking out freshman pinch-hitter Tim Easterling (Cincinnati, OH) to end the threat.
Rio did begin the road back in the sixth when a throwing error on junior Mark Parent's (New Albany, OH) leadoff bunt and a bunt single by junior Kyle Perez (Casselberry, FL) put runners on the corners with no outs. Perez then stole second and advanced to third on a run-scoring groundout by freshman Grant Tamange (Pickering, Ontario, Canada), but Arthur retired junior Shane Spies (Polk, OH) and senior Brian Suerdick (Dayton, OH) on a strikeout and groundout, respectively, to end the frame and maintain the three-run cushion.
The RedStorm made it 4-2 in the eighth when senior pinch-hitter Jacob Cooke (South Charleston, OH) reached on a one-out walk, moved to second on a groundout by Perez and scored as a result of a throwing error following an infield single to shorstop.
Richie took over for Arthur to begin the ninth inning, but putting a wrap on the win turned out to be anything but easy.
Suerdick reached on an error to start the rally and Findley followed with an infield single to shortstop. Junior Vince Perry (Cypress, CA) then doubled just inside the first base bag, scoring Findley to make it 4-3 and giving Rio the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position.
Freshman Ethan Abell (Mount Vernon, OH) followed with a grounder to second against a drawn-in infield and Findley was cut down at the plate for the first out, with freshman pinch-runner Mitch Martinez (Sarasota, FL) advancing to third. Abell then stole second to again put the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position, but Richie struck out freshman Tyler Donaldson (Huber Heights, OH) looking and Parent swinging to finally seal the win.
Arthur improved to 8-0 with the victory, allowing three hits and pair of unearned runs in his eight-inning stint. He walked just two and struck out 10.
Steinke, Smith and Higuera all had two hits for the Tigers.
Deitsch was the hard-luck loser for Rio, falling for the sixth time in 10 decisions. He allowed nine hits in a complete game effort, walking two and striking out three. Only two of the four runs he allowed were earned.
Findley had two of the five hits recorded by the RedStorm.
The series will conclude with a Sunday afternoon doubleheader. The nine-inning opener gets underway at noon, with a seven-inning nightcap to follow immediately thereafter.