OWENSBORO, KY — IU Southeast capped off its second straight River States Conference regular-season title in style, by sweeping a weekend series from host Brescia (Ky.).
The Grenadiers beat the Bearcats 8-4 and 5-2 in a Saturday doubleheader before blasting Brescia 7-1 in Sunday’s finale. The win in Saturday’s first game clinched the league title, as well as an automatic berth to the NAIA Tournament, for IUS (34-16, 21-6).
In the opener, the Grenadiers rallied from an early 3-1 hole to outscore the Bearcats 7-1 over the final seven innings.
Clay Woeste got IUS off to a good start when he led off the game with a double. He moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on Daniel Brescia’s sacrifice fly.
Brescia responded with three runs in the bottom of the second inning before the Grenadiers tied it up in the top of the third. After Daunte Decello was hit by a pitch Woeste doubled him home. Woeste then stole third before scoring on Brescia’s second sac fly.
IUS took the lead for good in the top of the sixth. Brescia led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on Brody Tanksley’s ground out before scoring on Jordan Branz’s double down the left field line.
The Grenadiers, who finished tied atop the RSC standings with Point Park (Penn.) last year, added another run in the seventh. Santrel Farmer singled with one out, moved to third on Decello’s single to right, then scored on Woeste’s bunt single.
IUS added a run in the eighth on a Bearcats error, then tacked on two more in the ninth via Cody Maloon’s RBI-double and Tanksley’s sacrifice fly.
Woeste led IU Southeast’s 12-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. Also for the Grenadiers, Brescia was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Maloon added a pair of hits.
That trio — the top three hitters in the IUS batting order — helped provide plenty of offense for Chas Adams. The Floyd Central-product allowed three earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five in six innings to earn the win. Jacob Frankel allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out three over the final three frames.
The RSC Tournament begins Thursday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.