NEWS AND TRIBUNE
NEW ALBANY —
Elliot Fuller, the 2013 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, threw a complete-game, six-hit shutout as the Grenadiers staved off elimination in the 2013 KIAC Baseball Tournament Friday night with a 2-0 home victory over Brescia.
After dropping the opening game of the day 10-4 to Point Park University, the Grenadiers needed a win to stay alive in the tournament.
IU Southeast (27-26) loaded the bases in the fourth inning when A.J. Doyle drew a walk to make it 1-0. The Grenadiers would add another run in the fifth when Brad Walker scored as the Bearcats tried to pick a runner off first base. Walker slid in ahead of the tag to put the Grenadiers up two.
Fuller (6-2) would cruise the rest of the way and send IU Southeast to a rematch with Point Park at 1 p.m. today at the Koetter Sports Baseball Complex in the first tournament championship game. If the Grenadiers, a second title game between the two teams will take place at 4 p.m. at the Koetter Complex.
IU Southeast and Point Park have met five times this season, including the KIAC Tournament. Point Park leads the series, 3-2. Three out of the five decisions were decided by a total of six runs.
• Grenadiers bow out of KIAC Tournament: The IU Southeast men’s tennis team’s season ended with a 5-1 loss to Asbury in the KIAC Tournament semifinals on Friday afternoon at IUS.
The Grenadiers (9-8) kept it close when the No. 2 doubles team of Evan Biesterveld and Tyler Jackson won their match, 8-4.
IU Southeast’s No. 1 doubles team of Jeffersonville High School graduate Shane Burke and Floyd Central alumnus Jimmy Nungester fell to Asbury’s Nathan Schley and Scott Layton, 8-1.
The Grenadiers’ No. 3 doubles team of Trent Wallace and Stephen Sanders lost to Justin Westlund and Daniel Haris, 8-3. IU Southeast trailed 2-1 in the match after the doubles portion.
Nathan Schley clinched the match for the Eagles with at 6-0, 7-5 victory over Burke at No. 1 singles.
The Grenadiers fell to Asbury in the KIAC Tournament for the second straight year. Last season, IU Southeast lost 5-1 to the Eagles in the KIAC championship match.