By River States Conference Sports Information
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- Day 1 of the River States Conference Baseball Tournament is in the books with the first three games of the tournament played Saturday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. No. 1 seed Point Park University, No. 2 seed IU Southeast and No. 4 seed Midway University were the winners on Day 1 while the other three teams are forced into elimination situations.
No. 1 Point Park opened the tournament with a 4-2 win over No. 6 Brescia as Nolan Krivijanski tossed eight strong innings and was backed by some key hits. No. 2 IU Southeast beat No. 5 WVU Tech, 3-0, with Ryne Underwood throwing a complete-game shutout of 9.0 innings and Tanner Leenknecht smashing a solo homer. No. 4 Midway enacted the 10-run run -- which was in place for the first day of the tournament -- with a 13-3 win over No. 3 Rio Grande in seven innings. The Eagles had 13 hits to support winning pitcher James Davenport, who went all 7.0 innings and gave up only three hits.
The six-team, double-elimination tournament continues through Tuesday. Sunday's lineup of games games includes No. 5 WVU Tech versus No. 6 Brescia at 11 a.m. in an elimination game. No. 1 Point Park plays No. 3 Rio Grande at 3 p.m., a game that Rio Grande needs to win to stay alive. No. 2 IU Southeast plays No. 4 Midway in a matchup of first-round winners at 7 p.m.
Click the Tournament Central link above for complete results, schedule, an updated bracket and stats. The following is a recap of the games on Day 1:
#1 Point Park 4, #6 Brescia 2
Nolan Krivijanski tossed 8.0 innings to get the win for Point Park University in the opening victory over Brescia University, 4-2. He allowed just four hits and two runs before turning over the lead to the Pioneers' bullpen in the ninth.
Brescia got a couple of runners on in the ninth but the combination of Keenan Smith and Addison Domingo closed out the game in relief. Tanner Tow started and pitched 4.1 innings for Brescia, and he was backed by Tyler Solomon the rest of the way.
Point Park made the most of its five hits in the game with Danny Sanchez delivering a two-run double to break through on the scoring in for a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Brescia cut the lead to 3-2 with Reed Rounder's RBI triple in the bottom half, one of five hits for the Bearcats.
Stefan Mrkonja padded Point Park's lead to 4-2 with an RBI double in the sixth. Point Park moves on to face No. 3 Rio Grande in the next round. Brescia faces elimination versus No. 5 WVU Tech.
#2 IU Southeast 3, #5 WVU Tech 0
Ryne Underwood tossed a complete game of 9.0 innings to shutout WVU Tech. Underwood gave up just five hits, struck out five, walked one and retired the Golden Bears in order in five different innings.
IU Southeast had its three runs come on five hits. The lead increased to 2-0 in the fifth when Zach Reboulet doubled, moved to third on a bunt and scored on Logan Barnes' sacrifice fly. Tanner Leenknecht blasted a solo homer in the sixth to up the lead to 3-0.
WVU Tech starter Jared Jobst when 8.0 innings and was saddled with the loss after giving up four hits and three runs (two earned). He struck out seven and walked two.
IU Southeast plays No. 4 Midway in the winner's bracket next. WVU Tech drops to the loser's bracke to face No. 6 Brescia.
#4 Midway 13, #3 Rio Grande 3 (7 inn.)
Midway had the two-out magic in a 13-3 win over Rio Grande, a game that ended after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. The rule was in place for the first day of the tournament. The Eagles scored 11 of their 13 runs with two outs, including six after two outs and nobody on in the second.
The second inning had a walk, wild pitch that followed a strikeout and another walk to load the bases. Midway followed that up with four straight RBI hits to go up, 6-0. The last two of those hits were by Hector Quinones and Barrett Croslin, and they drove in two runs each.
Midway scored three more times in the fifth to increase the lead to 9-1, and the Eagles scored four times with two outs in the seventh to set up the mercy rule at 13-3. Midway totaled 13 hits, which was more than enough for winning pitcher James Davenport, who went all seven innings giving up just three runs and three hits.
Rio Grande's Logan Walters belted a solo homer to get Rio Grande within 9-3 in the fifth. Daryin Lewis started for the RedStorm and went the first 5.2 innings. Collin Powers came on in relief for the rest of the way.
Midway moves on to play IU Southeast in the winner's bracket whereas Rio Grande faces Point Park. It is an elimination game for Rio Grande but not for Point Park.