Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande parlayed a pair of costly first inning errors by Midway University and two strong pitchig performances into a doubleheader sweep of the Eagles, Thursday afternoon, in River States Conference baseball action at Bob Evans Field.
The RedStorm scored three unearned runs in the first inning of the opener and held on for a 3-2 victory, while pushing across a pair of unearned markers in the first inning of game two for a 2-0 triumph.
Rio Grande improved to 27-15-1 overall and 19-6-1 in conference play with the wins and are now 14-1-1 over their last 16 outings.
The game one victory was also the 500th at Rio Grande for head coach Brad Warnimont.
Midway slipped to 22-24 overall and 19-11 in the RSC as a result of the sweep.
Junior right-hander Osvaldo Duran (Guayanilla, Puerto Rico) earned his sixth win in eight decisions after allowing six hits and four walks while striking out eight over six innings in the opening game victory. Sophomore Zach Harvey (Kenova, WV) worked a scoreless seventh inning for his second save of the year.
The RedStorm provided Duran all of the offensive support he would need in the first inning when senior Daryin Lewis (Circleville, OH) doubled with one out and scored from second base when junior Cody Blackburn's (Amanda, OH) routine grounder to shortstop was errored.
Junior Kam Herring (Heath, OH) clubbed his fourth home run of the season just two pitches later to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Eagles pushed across single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, thanks to a run-scoring fielder's choice grounder to third in the fourth inning off the bat of Tyler Jones and a two-out fifth inning home run by Hector Quinones - but couldn't finish the comeback.
Midway did put two runners on with two outs in the seventh against Harvey, but the right-hander fanned D.J. Lewis to end the game.
Chase Heslep took the loss for the Eagles, despite allowing just four hits and a pair of walks in a complete game effort. Barrett Croslin added a double in a losing cause for MU.
Rio did all of its damage in the first inning of game two as well, turing two hits and an error into the only runs of the contest.
Lewis reached on a one-out single and moved to second as a result of an errant throw on senior Carlos Flores' (Guayanilla, Puerto Rico) fielder's choice grounder to third.
Blackburn followed with a single to right which stayed under the glove of Midway second baseman Josh Wenning, allowing Lewis to score and Flores to advance to third. Flores scored on the same play when neither the center fielder or the right fielder for the Eagles threw the ball back into the infield after they avoided running into each other.
From that point on, the story was all Rio senior right-hander Trent Downs (Chillicothe, OH). He tossed 4-1/3 innings of hitless ball and faced just one batter over the minimum before surrendering a clean single to left by Danny McGuire.
Downs took the one-hitter into the seventh before giving up a one-out single to Carlos Cespedes and a double to Maguire to put the would-be tying runs in scoring position. The rally died, though, when Matthew Olson popped out and Tyler Jones flied out to end the game.
Downs walked just two and struck out seven en route to his eighth win in 10 decisions.
Blackburn and Lewis accounted for all of Rio Grande's hit total for the game with two each.
James Davenport (4-1) was the hard-luck loser for the Eagles, allowing just the four hits and two walks while fanning six in a complete game effort.
Maguire had two of Midway's three hits.
The two teams will complete their four-game weekend series with another doubleheader on Friday, with first pitch for game one scheduled at 1 p.m.