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RedStorm suffer sweep at hands of Georgetown College

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 rating, dropped both games of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon to visiting Georgetown College, 5-0 and 9-1.  The Tigers swept the RedStorm in the four-game weekend series. 


Rio Grande (19-16, 7-7 MSC E) struggled to muster any offense for the second straight day as the RedStorm had a grand total of six hits in the doubleheader. 


Georgetown College (20-15, 10-6 MSC W) scored two runs in the third inning and that would be all it would need in game one to collect the victory. 


Sophomore righthander Eric Ford (Chagrin Falls, OH) suffered his second consecutive loss.  Ford (3-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing five runs (two earned) with two strikeouts and two walks. 


Ford was not helped much by his defense as Rio committed four errors in the first game. 


Senior rightfielder Michael Lynch (Cleveland, OH) led the Rio offense, going 2-for-4.  Senior first baseman Francisco Ramirez (Columbus, OH) was 1-for-2 with a double.  Freshman leftfielder Michael Shroyer (Pataskala, OH) and senior centerfielder Ryan Weaver (Baltimore, OH) had the other hits for the RedStorm. 


Randy Guite led the way for the Tigers, going 2-for-2 with two RBI's.  Tyler Fisher and Tyler Back also delivered RBI hits for Georgetown. 


K.C. Massie went the distance for the victory for Georgetown


Georgetown put the game away early in game two, scoring four times off Rio starter Jesse Brown (Mt. Pleasant, NC) in the opening inning.  Brown (2-2) did not retire a batter in the game. 


The Tigers would add three unearned runs off freshman David Steele (Kettering, OH) in 4 2/3 innings and two more runs off junior Richard Hernandez (Beavercreek, OH).


The Rio offense had only hit in the game, a run-scoring single off the bat of senior designated hitter Dominick McAllister (Columbus, OH) in the fourth inning.  The run cut the deficit to 5-1 at the time. 


Chris Wood led Georgetown with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate and two RBI's with a run scored.  Guite was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.


Back and Brian Smith also notched RBI hits for the Tigers. 


Joe Devine picked up the complete game victory for Georgetown in the second game. 


Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont was disappointed in how the series turned out for his ball club.  "When you have nine hits in four ball games you're not going to beat many people," Warnimont said.  "I continue to emphasize with our guys the importance of the short game and I think (Georgetown) had 10 hits in that second game and seven of them didn't get out of the infield.  We had no execution; we had the same amount of home runs in the series, which was zero that we had bunts for hits."


"They came in and we couldn't shut down they're short game, we couldn't defend," Warnimont added.  "In three of the four games, I think we had more errors than hits and you're not going to win many ball games doing that."


"They had a plan, they stuck with it and it paid off for them," said Warnimont. 


Rio Grande will step out of conference for a doubleheader with Salem International at home on Tuesday (March 29).  First pitch is set for 1 p.m.   Stretch Internet will have play-by-play coverage beginning at 12:55 p.m. 


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