CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Kyle Findley drove in eight runs, while teammates Kyle Perez and Andy Mitroff had five hits apiece to lead the University of Rio Grande in a doubleheader sweep of the Ohio-Chillicothe, Tuesday afternoon, in non-conference baseball action at VA Memorial Stadium.
The RedStorm scored 10 times in the third inning to fuel a 15-4 win in the opener and closed the nightcap with nine unanswered markers en route to a 14-5 triumph over the Hilltoppers.
Rio Grande improved to 14-12 overall with the sweep.
Findley had a pair of doubles and a triple to go along with six RBIs in the game two win. He also doubled and drove in two runs in game one.
Perez went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs in the nightcap after recording two hits and a pair of runs scored in the opener.
Mitroff began the day with three hits and a run batted in and went 2-for-5 with two more RBIs in the finale.
The RedStorm tallied 15 hits in both games and had two other players — senior Shane Spies and freshman Kirk Yates — collect three or more hits in the twinbill.
Yates had a pair of hits, two runs scored and drove in a run in each game, while Spies homered and doubled in the opener and went 1-for-1 with four walks in game two.
Rio Grande used five pitchers in each of the seven inning games with junior starter David Steele earning the win in game one and sophomore Anthony Bond getting the decision in the nightcap.
In game one, the RedStorm sent 14 batters to the plate in the 10-run third inning uprising. Spies clubbed a booming two-run home run and Findley had a two-run double in the inning, while Yates, sophomore Grant Tamane and senior Zach Dumler also delivered run-scoring hits in the frame.
Bond went 2-for-2 with an RBI and sophomore Ethan Abell also drove in a run in the game one victory.
Zach Kingsolver had two hits and Michael Hamilton drove in a run for OU-Chillicothe, while Casey Bush started and took the loss for the Hilltoppers.
In game two, Rio Grande coughed up an early 5-0 lead before scoring twice in the fifth inning and seven times in the seventh inning to pull away.
Mitroff and Perez had RBI singles in the go-ahead fifth inning rally, while Findley had a three-run double and Perez added a two-run double of his own in the seventh.
Yates and sophomore Ryan Payne also had consecutive run-scoring triples in the seventh.
Hamilton had a two-run single for the Hilltoppers (0-8) in the third inning and Dakota Snyder added a two-run single in OU-C’s three-run fourth inning which tied the game at 5-5.
Snyder, Hamilton and Ryan O’Leary all had two hits in the loss for OU-Chillicothe, while Christian Spradlin started and took the loss.
Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday night when it opens a three-game weekend series against rival Shawnee State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
The two teams will also play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at noon.