Mon, Apr. 16, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Georgetown College made it a "Senior Day" to remember on Sunday afternoon, limiting the University of Rio Grande to just one run and five hits in both ends of a doubleheader and completing a weekend series sweep of the RedStorm in Mid-South Conference baseball action at Robert N. Wilson Field.
The Tigers used a three-run fourth inning in the opener to fuel a 5-1 win, while a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth produced a 3-1 triumph in the back end of the twinbill. Georgetown, which was ranked 18th in the most recent NAIA coaches poll, improved to 37-8 overall and 15-5 in the MSC with the sweep.
Rio Grande dropped to 25-21 overall and 5-12 in league play. The RedStorm have lost six straight - all inside the conference - since moving a season-high 10 games over the .500 mark after sweeping a pair of games from Salem International on April 3.
Georgetown grabbed a 1-0 in game one thanks to a first inning RBI single by E.J. Murray, but it was the three-run fourth which gave the Tigers all the cushion they would need. A single, a walk and an errored bunt attempt loaded the bases with no outs before Tanner Baldwin followed with a run-scoring hit and Chris Wood added a two-run single.
Baldwin added an RBI hit in the home half of the eighth to make it 5-0, while Rio avoided a shutout thanks to a two-out RBI single in the ninth by freshman Kyle Findley (Cincinnati, OH).
Junior Ryan Robertson (Waverly, OH) started and took the loss for the RedStorm, allowing eight hits and three walks over seven innings on the hill. Findley had two of the team's five hits.
Wood finished 3-for-5 for the Tigers, while Baldwin and David Higuera each had two hits. Chase Ballinger pitched into the ninth inning, allowing just three hits and a pair of walks to earn the win for GC.
In game two, Georgetown snapped a scoreless tie on Dylan Grandon's two-out RBI single in the third inning before Rio Grande rallied to tie the score at 1-1 in the sixth. Junior Shane Spies (Polk, OH) scored freshman pinch-runner Tyler Donaldson (Huber Heights, OH), who had stolen second base after coming on to run for junior Vince Perry (Cypress, CA) after he'd opened the inning with a single off of Georgetown starter Jason McGinnis.
The RedStorm's comeback effort was quickly erased, though, in the bottom of the frame.
After the first two batters were routinely retired by sophomore reliever David Steele (Kettering, OH), Taylor Payne reached on a two-out single to left and was replaced by pinch-runner T.C. Oneal. Wood followed with a single to left which sent Oneal to third, but a throwing error trying to retire Wood as he attempted to take second base on the throw in from the outfield was wild and both runners scored.
Rio junior Kyle Perez (Casselberry, FL) drew a two-out walk in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, but Tiger reliever Trey LaVera induced freshman Grant Tamane (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) to ground into a game-ending force play at second.
No RedStorm player had multiple hits, although Findley and freshman Tim Easterling (Cincinnati, OH) both had doubles in the loss. Steele took the loss, although both of the runs he allowed were unearned.
Chad Richie earned the win in relief for Georgetown after earning a save in Saturday's series-opening win. LaVera was credited with a save for the Tigers, who managed just four hits of their own offensively.
Rio Grande will try to end the losing slide when it returns to action Tuesday afternoon at Glenville (W.Va.) State. The RedStorm defeated the Pioneers, 12-3, on March 1 at Bob Evans Field.
First pitch is set for 4 p.m.