Freshman Tim Easterling clubbed a three-run home run in Tuesday's win at Glenville State
Wed, Apr. 18, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
GLENVILLE, W.Va. - The University of Rio Grande built a four-run fourth inning lead, but needed a three-run pinch-hit home run by Tim Easterling in the sixth inning to pull away for a 7-3 win over Glenville State College, Tuesday evening, in non-conference baseball action at the Sue Morris Sports Complex.
The RedStorm, which snapped a six-game losing slide, improved to 26-21 with the victory and veteran head coach Brad Warnimont moved to within one win of 600 for his career. The Pioneers, who suffered their ninth straight loss, slipped to 4-30.
Rio Grande built a 4-0 lead by scoring twice in the first and fourth innings against Glenville starter Tyler Reid, but it was Easterling's two-out blast in the sixth which gave the RedStorm some breathing room after the Pioneers had sliced the deficit to one run.
Junior Kyle Perez (Casselberry, FL) and freshman Grant Tamane (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) reached on consecutive one-out singles in the sixth and, one out later, Easterling - a freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio - cracked the first longball of his collegiate career to give Rio a 7-3 lead.
Rio sophomore reliever Dylan Perego (Waterdown, Ontario, Canada) and freshman reliever Landon Hutchison (Baltimore, OH) limited Glenville to just two hits and three total baserunners - Hutchison hit a batter in the ninth inning - over the final three frames to nail down the victory.
The RedStorm grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead when, after Perez and Tamane began the game with back-to-back hits, junior Shane Spies (Polk, OH) had an RBI double and freshman Kyle Findley (Cincinnati, OH) added a sacrifice fly.
The advantage grew to 4-0 in the fourth when senior Jacob Cooke (South Charleston, OH) led off with a single and scored on a double by junior Vince Perry (Cypress, CA), who later scored himself as a result of a passed ball.
Glenville State, which was blanked on three hits through the first three innings by Rio senior starter Ryan Chapman (Racine, OH), scored a breakthrough in the fourth against senior reliever Ben Schlater (Lewisburg, OH) thanks to an RBI single by Tucker Abruzzino.
The Pioneers continued their rally in the fifth, adding consecutive run-scoring doubles by Phillip Longnecker and Ethan Szabo to make it 4-3, but Perego came on to record the final two outs of the frame to keep the would-be game-tying run from scoring.
The Redstorm finished with 13 hits, including a career-high four by Tamane. Perez and Perry both had two hits each, while Chapman was credited with the win.
Szabo finished 3-for-4 for Glenville. Reid went the distance and suffered the loss.