Rio baseball routs WVU Tech


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



Rio Grande’s Zach Kendall fires a pitch plateward during Sunday’s 11-1 win over WVU-Tech at Bob Evans Field.

Rio Grande’s Zach Kendall fires a pitch plateward during Sunday’s 11-1 win over WVU-Tech at Bob Evans Field.


Courtesy photo

RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande scored seven times in the first inning and never looked back, cruising to an 11-1 mercy rule-shortened win over West Virginia University-Tech, Sunday afternoon, in River States Conference baseball action at Bob Evans Field.

As a result of the win, the RedStorm closed their regular season schedule at 34-18 overall and 18-9 inside the RSC.

WVU-Tech finished its season at 20-30 overall and 10-17 in league play.

Rio sent 12 batters to the plate in the decisive first inning, parlaying five hits, four walks and a wild pitch by three Golden Bear hurlers into seven runs.

The RedStorm added a second inning run and two third inning markers to make it 10-0 before Tech avoided a shutout with a sixth inning run.

The 10-run mercy rule was invoked when Rio Grande scored once more in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Freshman Gustavo Nava (Barranquilla, Columbia) led the RedStorm’s offensive explosion by going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

The trio of junior Eli Daniels (Minford, OH), senior Roanderson Severino (Reading, PA) and junior Caden Cluxton (Washington Court House, OH) all went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, while junior Dylan Shockley (Minford, OH) and senior David Rodriguez both had two hits and one RBI.

Nava had a two-run double and Cluxton a two-run single in the seven-run first. Rodriguez closed out the game with a bases-loaded single to warning track in right-center in the home seventh.

Junior Zach Kendall (Troy, OH) picked up the win, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out nine over 4-1/3 innings.

Brett Linton, the first of seven WVU-Tech pitchers, took the loss after giving up a hit, three walks and four runs in just 1/3 of an inning.

Jake Allen doubled and drove in the Golden Bears’ lone run.

Rio Grande will return to action on Thursday as the No. 4 seed in the RSC Tournament at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.

Rio Grande’s Zach Kendall fires a pitch plateward during Sunday’s 11-1 win over WVU-Tech at Bob Evans Field.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2019/04/web1_4.30-Rio-Kendall.jpgRio Grande’s Zach Kendall fires a pitch plateward during Sunday’s 11-1 win over WVU-Tech at Bob Evans Field. Courtesy photo

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.