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Rio Grande baseball received votes in the final NAIA coaches' poll for 2016
Rio Grande baseball received votes in the final NAIA coaches' poll for 2016
Wed, Jun. 8, 2016 - [Baseball]

Rio Grande/NAIA Sports Information
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After winning a conference tournament championship and a pair of games in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament, the University of Rio Grande baseball team found its way onto the list of schools which received votes in the final NAIA coaches' poll of the 2016 season.
    The RedStorm collected three points in the balloting by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions released Wednesday night by the national office.
    The RedStorm, who were ranked No. 25 in the preseason coaches' poll before falling off the list once the regular season began, finished fourth in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's regular season standings before capturing the KIAC tournament title and earning a second straight trip to the NAIA national tourney.
    Head coach Brad Warnimont's team went 2-2 in the national event, finishing the season at 39-25.

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 Daryin Lewis connects for a home run in Tuesday's win over Indiana Tech
Rio's Daryin Lewis connects for a home run in Tuesday's win over Indiana Tech
Wed, May. 18, 2016 - [Baseball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Paolo Montezuma hit a three-run home run to highlight a seven-run third inning and fuel top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan past No. 5 seed Rio Grande, 15-4, in the Kingsport Bracket of the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round, Tuesday night, at Hunter Wright Stadium.
    The RedStorm, who posted a 5-4 triumph over No. 4 Indiana Tech earlier in the day, finished the day at 38-24 and will face the Indiana Tech-Middle Georgia State winner in an elimination contest, Wednesday, at 6 p.m.
    The Indiana Tech-Middle Georgia State elimination game gets the Wednesday schedule underway at 11 a.m., with Tennessee Wesleyan and St. Thomas (Fla.) squaring off in a winner's bracket contest at 2:30 p.m.

Rio Grande meets Indiana Tech Tuesday in the Kingsport Bracket of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round
Rio Grande meets Indiana Tech Tuesday in the Kingsport Bracket of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round
Mon, May. 16, 2016 - [Baseball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. - One year removed from getting within a game of an NAIA World Series berth, the University of Rio Grande baseball team is set to begin its latest quest for a trip to Idaho.
    The RedStorm will square off with Indiana Tech in the Kingsport Bracket of the NAIA Championship Opening Round on Tuesday, at 11 a.m., at Hunter Wright Stadium.
    Rio Grande, seeded fifth in the five-team bracket, secured its place in the national tourney by virtue of a 6-1 win over No. 19 Indiana University Southeast in the championship game of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
    The RedStorm, who are 37-23 and the winners of 10 of their last 11 outings, are making a second straight - and third overall - national tourney appearance.
    Indiana Tech (39-18) reached the national tournament by virtue of being the runner-up in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tourney. The Warriors defeated WHAC regular season champion Madonna (Mich.) in the championship first final, 7-4, but dropped a 4-2 decision to the Crusaders in a winner-take-all second title game last Thursday.
    Indiana Tech is making its sixth postseason appearance under ninth-year head coach Kip McWilliams.

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Fri, May. 13, 2016 - [Baseball]

Rio Grande Sports Information
     RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande baseball team is hoping that a second trip to the hills of east Tennessee will be as successful as the first.
     After capturing the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship just over a week ago in Kingsport, Tenn., the RedStorm are headed back to Hunter Wright Stadium for the 2016 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.
     The pairings for the nine, five-team regional sites in the first round of the national tournament were announced Friday afternoon by the NAIA national office.
     The fifth-seeded RedStorm (37-23) will face No. 4 seed Indiana Tech (39-18) on Tuesday, May 17, at 11 a.m., with the winner facing top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan (45-12) in Tuesday's 6 p.m. finale, following the 2:30 p.m. tilt between No. 2 seed Middle Georgia State (39-16) and third-seeded St. Thomas (Fla.) (35-20).

 
 
 
 
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