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RedStorm lose two to Georgetown

March 26, 2011
By Mark Williams of University of Rio Grande

Rio Grande --- The University of Rio Grande RedStorm baseball team, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA preseason Top 25 poll, faced off with Georgetown College on Friday afternoon in a Mid-South Conference doubleheader at Bob Evans Field and lost both games of the doubleheader by the identical scores of 2-1.  The first game went eight innings.

Rio Grande (19-14, 7-5 MSC E) could not muster any offense to speak of in either contest as the RedStorm lost a pair of close encounters.

Senior Desmond Sullivan (Scarborough, ONT) deserved a better fate as he lost a pitcher's duel to Georgetown's Jason McGinnis.  McGinnis was on top of his game as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Sullivan (5-3) scattered only four hits while giving up two unearned runs.  Sullivan struck out three batters in the game.

The RedStorm had a chance in the bottom of the eighth inning, but senior centerfielder Ryan Weaver (Baltimore, OH) was picked off at second base as the tying run.  The winning run was on first base at the time. 

In game two, Rio posted only two hits. 

Sophomore lefty Ryan Robertson (Waverly, OH), like Sullivan, was the tough luck loser in the game.  Robertson (4-6) gave up two runs, including a home run in the sixth inning, six hits and one walk while striking out four Tiger hitters. 

"Desmond and Robo (Ryan Robertson) pitched well enough to win," said Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont.  "We had 12 strikeouts in a doubleheader, that isn't going to get it done.  Our approach wasn't good today."

Georgetown improves to 18-14 overall and 8-6 in the MSC West.

 The two teams will close out the four-game set on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.  Stretch Internet will have play-by-play coverage beginning at approximately 11:55 a.m.

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