Thu, Apr. 26, 2012 - [Baseball]
By RANDY PAYTON
Rio Grande Sports Information
COLUMBIA, Ky. - Fifth-seeded Shawnee State grabbed a first inning lead and never looked back, posting an 8-3 win over No. 8 seed Rio Grande in a winner's bracket semifinal game of the Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament, Thursday night, at Lindsey Wilson College's Egnew Field. By virtue of the victory, the Bears (33-23) advanced to Friday afternoon's winner bracket final against Georgetown, which topped Campbellsville in the other winner's bracket semifinal.
Rio Grande (30-26) will meet UVA-Wise in a loser's bracket elimination game on Friday, at 1 p.m., at Campbellsville University.
Shawnee State jumped to a 2-0 lead against Rio senior starter Ryan Chapman (Racine, OH) and the Bears maintained no less than the two-run advantage the rest of the way.
Colin Keim had a sacrifice fly and Adam Wamsley a run-scoring single in the Shawnee first, before Cody Spires added a run-scoring single in the fourth to extend the lead to 3-0.
The RedStorm finally dented the board in the fifth against Shawnee starter Alex Taku when junior Mark Parent (New Albany, OH) reached on a two-out double to right and junior Kyle Perez (Casselberry, FL) followed with a run-scoring single, but the Bears got the run back in the bottom of the frame thanks to an RBI single by Ryan Burnett.
Shawnee pushed its cushion to 6-1 in the sixth when Quentin Everman led off with a walk, Cody Morrison followed with an RBI triple to right-center and Keim later added a sacrifice fly to score Morrison.
Rio again pulled to within three by scoring twice in the seventh inning on a run-scoring hit by freshman Grant Tamane (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) and an RBI fielder's choice grounder to second by junior Shane Spies (Polk, OH), but the Bears ended any thoughts of another dramatic rally by the RedStorm with a pair of runs in the home eighth.
Keim had another RBI hit for Shawnee, while a throwing error allowed the final run of the night to cross.
Perez finished 3-for-5 in a losing cause, while Parent and junior Vince Perry (Cypress, CA) had two hits each.
Chapman suffered the loss, allowing 12 hits and six runs - all earned - over five innings.
Morrison had three hits in the win for Shawnee, while Keim had two hits and three RBIs. Evans, Wamsley, Burnett and Spires also had two hits apiece in the victory.
Taku won for the ninth time in 12 decisions, allowing nine hits and three runs in seven innings.
Jordan Williams gave up one hit and struck out two over the final two innings to earn his sixth save.