Redhawks Bats Explode in 20-10 Win Over Golden Eagles
May 15, 2005
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - (Saturday, May 14, 2005) The Redhawks bats came alive for the second consecutive game as the Redhawks defeated Ohio Valley Conference opponent Tennessee Tech 20-10 on a season-high 21 hits after a one hour and 50 minute rain delay Saturday afternoon at Bush Stadium in Cookeville, Tennessee. The 20 runs is also a season-high and the most runs scored since Southeast scored 22 runs against Morehead State on May 10, 2003.
Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was called after five innings of play due to rain and will resume tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. The Redhawks (19-28, 10-12 OVC) lead the Golden Eagles (12-37, 8-16 OVC) 4-1.
In game one the Redhawks showed the offensive production that this year's team had the potential of having as they scored in double-figures for the second-straight game.
The game had offensive fireworks early for both teams as the Golden Eagles jumped ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first when freshman Clint Alexander hit a two-run homer off of Redhawks starter Joey Evans.
The Redhawks responded in their half of the second as Freddy Lopez led-off the inning with a solo blast over the rightfield fence. After Matt Kearney walked James Clayton and Levi Olson, Jordan Payne doubled to right to plate Clayton. Both Olson and a hustling Payne scored on an error on an error by Kearney attempting to throw out Bo Jenkins to complete a four-run inning.
The Redhawks would not trail the rest of the way as they continued their offensive output scoring runs in all but two innings including four innings of two or more runs.
In the third the Redhawks scored six runs with two outs to put the game out of reach. Brent Lawson came around to score on a Payne single to start the scoring. With the bases loaded reigning OVC Player of the Week Horstman cleared them with a three-run double. Brady Noll followed with a single to plate Horstman. Frank Montiel then drove in Noll to complete the six-run inning and give the Redhawks a 10-3 advantage.
The Golden Eagles scored a run in their half of the third to make it 10-4.
The Redhawks followed that with another big inning as they scored four runs in the fourth. Lawson and Clayton each recorded back-to-back walks to lead-off the inning. Payne again doubled to plate Lawson. Jenkins then homered to make it 14-4.
The Golden Eagles got those four runs back in the bottom of the fifth.
In the sixth the Redhawks continued their scoring ways. Horstman singled to lead-off the inning and later scored on a Lopez sacrifice fly. Noll, who reached base after being hit by a pitch, later scored on a Lawson single to leftfield to make it 16-8.
In the eighth inning Lopez hit his second homerun of the game when he took a Kevin Cizmarik pitch over the rightfield fence for a solo shot to make it 17-9. For Lopez it was his fourth homerun of the season and his second time this season he has hit two homeruns in a single game.
The Redhawks would later end the game with three runs in the ninth. After Payne and Jenkins recorded back-to-back singles to lead-off the inning, Horstman collected his first homerun of the season.
Nine players collected at least one hit, including eight starters. Six of those starters recorded multi-hit games led by Payne's perfect 6-6 day.
Amongst Payne's hits were two doubles as he drove in three and scored four runs.
Horstman went 3-6 with a career-high and game-high six RBIs. Horstman extended three streak on the day as he hit safely in his 17th-straight game, reached base safely in his 39th-straight game and started his 104th-straight game.
Lawson continued his hot-hitting of late as he went 3-6 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Lopez went 2-6 with his two homeruns and three RBIs.
Jenkins extended his current hitting streak to a season-high eight games with a 2-5 day. He drove in three and scored three runs.
Evans won his team-high seventh game of the season.
Kearney (1-3) received credit for the loss.
In game two Redhawks starter Jamie McAlister showed that their was pitching in the series holding the Golden Eagles to one run on three hits in five innings before the game was called.
The Redhawks fell behind early 1-0 but scored two runs in the third inning. Jenkins reached on a error and Horstman walked to extend his streak to 40-straight games reaching base safely. Lopez followed with a single to plate both runners for a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth the Redhawks added two more runs led by Jenkins and Horstman again. Jenkins singled and Horstman followed suit to extend his hitting streak to 18-games. Montiel drove in Jenkins with a sacrifice fly and Lopez followed with a single to plate Horstman to make it 4-1.
The remainder of the game will continue tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. followed by game three of the series.