CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University methodically built a four-run lead and then held off a late rally by the University of Rio Grande for a 4-3 win, Saturday night, in Mid-South Conference baseball action at HIG Field.
The Tigers, who eliminated Rio Grande from last year’s MSC Tournament, won for the sixth straight time and improved to 22-14 overall and 11-7 in the MSC.
The RedStorm slipped to 17-23 overall and 4-15 in league play with the loss - their 11th setback by two runs or less among the 15 conference losses.
Campbellsville scored single markers in the second, third, fifth and eighth innings to back a solid pitching performance from starter Brett DeRooy, who took a five-hit shutout into the ninth inning.
Rio Grande shaved the deficit to one in the ninth by scoring three times on five hits, but T.R. Dunne came on to record the final out for his second save of the season.
Jaime Valle had a run-scoring single in the second inning and a throwing error in the third gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead, before Alex Kline added an RBI single in the sixth and Steve Ferraro plated what proved to be a big insurance run with a pinch-hit single in the home half of the eighth.
Rio more than made it interesting in the ninth.
Sophomores Chris Ford (Athens, OH) and Kirk Yates (Chillicothe, OH) opened the inning with back-to-back singles and both scored on a double by freshman Luis Jimenez (Salinas, Puerto Rico), who was thrown out at third trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Freshman Daryin Lewis (Circleville, OH) followed with a single to right-center and, one out later, moved to second on a single by junior Kevin Arroyo (Toa Baja, Puerto Rico). DeRooy was lifted in favor of Dunne, who surrendered a grounder to third off the bat of junior Grant Tamane (Pickering, Ontario, Canada) which was errored, with Lewis scoring and Arroyo and Tamane ending up at third and second, respectively.
Dunne then struck out senior Marcus Makuch (Baltimore, OH) to end both the threat and the game.
Tamane had three hits and Yates finished 2-for-4 to lead Rio Grande at the plate in the loss. Senior Mike Deitsch (Cincinnati, OH) took the loss in a route-going performance on the mound.
Kline had three hits, while Carlos Torres had two hits and scored twice for Campbellsville.
DeRooy allowed 10 hits and three runs - two of which were earned - while walking one and striking out 12 to get the win.
The two teams will conclude the weekend series with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.