March 12, 2010
RedStorm split MSC opener
Columbia, Ky. --- The University of Rio Grande RedStorm baseball team opened up Mid-South Conference play on Friday night at Lindsey Wilson College. After waiting out an afternoon rain the two teams were able to play and each team won a game in the double dip. Rio rallied to win game one 11-6 while the Blue Raiders took game two by a 2-1 score.
Rio Grande (12-3, 1-1 MSC) scored 10 runs in the top of the seventh inning to take game one. Rio had not hit the entire game and then zoned in for one inning to pick up a come-from-behind victory.
"We didn't hit until the seventh and then we just erupted," said Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont. "We did all our work in one inning."
"It was one of the greatest comebacks I've ever seen," Warnimont added.
Sophomore Ryan Chapman (Racine, OH) picked up the win in relief for the RedStorm. Chapman improves to 3-1 on the season.
Senior designated hitter Chris Mahon (Hamilton, OH) led the Rio offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBI's. Senior centerfielder Ryan Yakura (Pickering, ONT) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and junior second baseman Christian Frias (Salinas, PR) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI's. Senior third baseman Tyler Schunk (Cincinnati, OH) was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI's.
Senior catcher Tyler Plumpton (Peterborough, ONT) and junior shortstop Brad Konrad (Maumee, OH) also added RBI hits.
Game two was a pitcher's duel with Lindsey Wilson scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to win.
Rio had only two hits in the second game, both were doubles off the bats of Schunk and senior rightfielder John Storey (Wheelersburg, OH).
Junior Angel Santiago (Santa Isabel, PR) threw five shutout innings and allowed only one hit Blue Raider hit. He struck out five and walked four.
Schunk (1-2) took the loss in relief as he gave up the game-winning hit.
Derek Cape of Lindsey Wilson struck out 10 Rio Grande batters in collecting the victory.
The two teams will play again at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Stretch Internet will have play-by-play coverage beginning at 10:55 a.m.