LOUISVILLE — Senior Day was a big day for IU Southeast, and a special one for coach Ben Reel.
The 24th-ranked Grenadiers swept a doubleheader from Cincinnati Christian on Saturday (a.k.a. Senior Day) to stay in first place in the River States Conference. IUS routed the Eagles 15-1 and 11-1 in a pair of 7-inning games at the St. Matthews Baseball Complex in Louisville.
The latter triumph was the 400th career win for Reel, who is in his 11th season as the IUS skipper.
The Grenadiers (30-16, 18-6), who led IU Kokomo and Rio Grande (Ohio) by two games in the RSC standings through Sunday, wrap up league play with a three-game series at Brescia (Ky.) that begins Friday.
In Saturday’s first game, the Grenadiers pounded out 14 hits — seven for extra bases — and scored four runs in the second and fourth frames while plating two in the third and five in the sixth.
Clay Woeste, Brody Tanksley, Jordan Branz and Dalton Mitchell led the offensive onslaught with two hits apiece. Branz went 2-for-2 with a pair of triples and two RBIs while scoring four runs. Mitchell added a single and double as well as a pair of RBIs. Derek Wagner contributed a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth while Cody Maloon and Daunte Decello drove in a pair of runs apiece.
That was more than enough offense for IUS starting pitcher Jack Wohlert. The senior right-hander allowed one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out four in a complete-game victory that improved his record to 8-1 on the season.
In the second game, a pair of pitchers held Cincinnati Christian (13-33, 8-16) to two hits while the Grenadiers scored in every inning they batted.
Tyler Warmath led the IUS 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Maloon aided the IUS cause, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Wagner, meanwhile, homered for the second straight game. Also for the Grenadiers, Mitchell scored three runs while Branz and Woeste touched home twice.
Kyle Hawkins picked up the win on the mound. The senior right-hander allowed one earned run on one hit while walking five and striking out six in five innings. Andrew Yates yielded one hit while walking one and striking out five in two innings.
The victory gave Reel a 400-208-1 career record.
In the three-game series, IUS outscored the Eagles 47-2.
The Grenadiers close out their home schedule by hosting Miami-Hamilton (Ohio) at 5 p.m. Tuesday.