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Sophomore Cody Blackburn connects for one of his two hits in Thursday's 9-6 loss to St. Thomas (Fla.)
Sophomore Cody Blackburn connects for one of his two hits in Thursday's 9-6 loss to St. Thomas (Fla.)
Thu, May. 19, 2016 - [Baseball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Even the best magic acts eventually come to an end.
    Such was the case on Thursday for the University of Rio Grande's run through the baseball post-season.
    Second-seeded St. Thomas (Fla.) coughed up a pair of leads before pushing across three runs in the eighth inning and holding off the RedStorm, 9-6, in the loser's bracket final of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round's Kingsport Bracket at Hunter Wright Stadium.
    The Bobcats, who are ranked 22nd nationally, improved to 37-21 with the win and advanced to the championship first final against top-seeded and fifth-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan.
    St. Thomas defeated the Bulldogs, 4-1, forcing a winner-take-all second final on Friday at 9 a.m. EDT.
    Rio Grande, the No. 5 seed in the bracket, finished at 39-25 with the loss.

Junior Luis Jimenez, shown here squaring to bunt, homered in Wednesday night's win over Indiana Tech
Junior Luis Jimenez, shown here squaring to bunt, homered in Wednesday night's win over Indiana Tech
Thu, May. 19, 2016 - [Baseball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Kirk Yates' run-scoring fielder's choice grounder capped a three-run ninth inning rally and lifted the University of Rio Grande past Indiana Tech, 4-3, in an elimination game of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round's Kingsport Bracket, Wednesday night, at chilly Hunter Wright Stadium.
    The fifth-seeded RedStorm improved to 39-24 with the victory and remained alive in the double-elimination bracket, with another elimination contest against 22nd-ranked and No. 2 seed St. Thomas (Fla.) scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.
    The Rio-St. Thomas winner will advance to the tourney championship and face fifth-ranked and top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan at 2:30 p.m.
    A second final, if needed, would be played on Friday.
    Fourth-seeded Indiana Tech, which ousted No. 2 seed Middle Georgia State earlier in the day by scoring six times in the ninth inning for a 10-5 win, finished 40-20 with the loss - its second one-run setback at the hands of the RedStorm in as many days.

Rio's Luis Jimenez, shown here squaring to bunt, clubbed a home run in Wednesday night's win over Indiana Tech
Rio's Luis Jimenez, shown here squaring to bunt, clubbed a home run in Wednesday night's win over Indiana Tech
Thu, May. 19, 2016 - [Baseball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Kirk Yates' run-scoring fielder's choice grounder capped a three-run ninth inning rally and lifted the University of Rio Grande past Indiana Tech, 4-3, in an elimination game of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round's Kingsport Bracket, Wednesday night, at chilly Hunter Wright Stadium.
    The fifth-seeded RedStorm improved to 39-24 with the victory and remained alive in the double-elimination bracket, with another elimination contest against 22nd-ranked and No. 2 seed St. Thomas (Fla.) scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m.
    The Rio-St. Thomas winner will advance to the tourney championship and face fifth-ranked and top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan at 2:30 p.m.
 A second final, if needed, would be played on Friday.

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