Senior Brian Suerdick's squeeze bunt drove home the winning run in Wednesday's 4-3, 10-inning win over Pikeville
Wed, Apr. 25, 2012 - [Baseball]
Rio Grande Sports Information
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Brian Suerdick's one-out squeeze bunt in the bottom of the 10th inning scored teammate Tyler Donaldson from third base and lifted the University of Rio Grande to a 4-3 win over the University of Pikeville in the opening game of the 2012 Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament, Wednesday afternoon, at Campbellsville University's Tiger Field.
The eighth-seeded RedStorm (29-25) will meet top-seeded Lindsey Wilson in the double-elimination bracket portion of the tournament, Thursday morning, at 11 a.m., at Lindsey Wilson.
Junior Vince Perry (Cypress, CA) began the Rio 10th with a single to left before stealing second and advancing to third on freshman Kyle Findley's (Cincinnati, OH) groundout to second.
Donaldson, a freshman from Huber Heights, Ohio, came on to run for Perry and bring Suerdick - who already had two hits on the day - to the plate.
The Dayton, Ohio senior took a ball on the first offering from Pikeville's Chris Noble before getting down a bunt on the third base side of the mound which Noble tried to field, but could not come up with cleanly, as Donaldson raced across the plate with the game-winner.
Freshman Anthony Bond (New Haven, WV) worked a perfect 10th in relief of sophomore starter Mike Deitsch (Cincinnati, OH) to get the win.
Deitsch allowed seven hits and walked two over the first nine innings. He also fanned three and all three runs were earned.
Noble went the distance in suffering the loss for Pikeville. He allowed 10 hits and walked four, while striking out three.
Rio Grande took a 1-0 lead in the second when Suerdick reached on a one-out double to left and freshman Ethan Abell (Mount Vernon, OH) followed with a single, but Pikeville tied the game in the third when Jason Rosen led off with a single, took second on a passed ball and scored on a two-out delayed double steal of home.
The Bears took the lead in the sixth when Brad Andrews led off with a single, Pat O'Brien drew a walk and Nate Goodwin followed with a run-scoring single. Luke Wright followed with a single to load the bases and set the stage for a sacrifice fly to right by Chris Morford which made it 3-1.
The RedStorm tied the game in the bottom of the inning thanks to an RBI single by Suerdick and delayed steal of home by senior Jacob Cooke (South Charleston, OH), setting up the dramatic finish.
Suerdick finished 3-for-4 in the win, while Findley and Abell had two hits each.
Rosen had two hits in the loss for Pikeville.