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April 11, 2014

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Grenadiers’ offense, pitching key sweep of Berea

Potter has career-high four RBIs in Game 1 win

NEW ALBANY — The IU Southeast offense and starting pitchers continued to click on Friday, leading to 14-4 and 7-1 wins over Berea on Friday night.

In Game 1, IU Southeast pounded out 13 hits and had a five-run third inning and six-run sixth inning to pick up the win.

The Grenadiers’ Alex Potter went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs and scored two runs. Teammate Kyle Rupe was 3-for-3 and scored three runs.

The Grenadiers (25-18, 10-8 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) jumped on the board in the first inning when Potter hit a two-run single to center, which scored Rupe and Frank Pluskota.

IU Southeast put the game away in the bottom of the third. The big blows came when Pluskota knocked in Rupe and Howard with a single and Brian Crider doubled to score Pluskota and Potter.

Greg Laughlin pitched a complete-game to get his second win. He gave up four runs on six hits; he struck out three and walked three.

In Game 2, the Grenadiers got another great pitching performance from Michael Fitzwater (2-4). He surrendered one run on eight hits and struck out seven in a complete game win.

Once again, the Grenadiers took the lead in the first inning in the nightcap. Marcus Howard walked and scored on a double by Rupe. A double by Potter scored Rupe and a sacrifice fly by Josh Beams scored Potter to make it 3-0.

Two errors by Berea second baseman Ty Shipley allowed three more runs to score in the fourth. A misplayed grounder allowed Beams and Young to score and then Howard scored on another misplay by Shipley.

The Grenadiers host Berea at 1 p.m. today with Senior Day events taking place after Game 1 of the doubleheader.

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