NEW ALBANY, Ind. – After a Saturday sweep of Rio Grande, the IU Southeast baseball team split Sunday's doubleheader and won the series. IU Southeast dropped the first game 3-1 and won 5-3 in game two.
In game one, the Grenadier offense that had been strong on Saturday only managed one run and one hit against RedStorm starter Trent Downs.
The Grenadiers (14-7, 9-3 RSC) got off to a good start when Richard Rodriguez walked, stole second and then scored on Hector Marmol's double to left-center. IU Southeast would be retired in order in each of the next four innings.
Rio Grande (13-14, 7-5 RSC) tied the game in the top of the second when Ty Warnimont tripled and scored on an RBI groundout from Eli Daniels.
The game would remain tied until the top of the fifth. With runners on second and third and one out, Daryin Lewis hit a sacrifice fly to left to give the RedStorm the lead. Dan Crozier followed with a single to give Rio Grande a 3-1 lead.
IU Southeast could not capitalize on two Lewis' errors late in the contest. Hector Marmol took the loss. He worked four and two-thirds and gave up three runs on two hits. He walked three and struck out one.
Downs gave up one run on one hit; he struck out five and walked two to earn his fourth win of the year.
In game two, the Grenadiers took the lead in the first inning once again. Back-to-back singles from Richard Rodriguez and Hector Marmol brought Matt Volz in to score.
IU Southeast added another run in the bottom of the fourth when Clay Benefield scored from third after a wild pitch from starter Osvaldo Duran. Logan Barnes tried to score from second but was tagged out to end the threat.
Rio Grande came back to tie in the top of the fifth. Kameron Herring scored from third on a fielder's choice and Daryn Lewi's RBI groundout tied the game later in the inning.
IU Southeast responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Matt Volz scored on a passed ball and a misplayed grounder from shortstop Luis Jimenez allowed Rodriguez and Marmol to score.
Rio Grande would try to rally in the seventh against Brian Cherrington, who had worked a scoreless sixth. An RBI single from Carlos Flores made it a two-run game. Later in the inning, a walk to Dan Crozier loaded the bases and Gage Rogers came in with two outs to try and nail down the win.
Dominic Tiberi struck out looking to end it as Rogers picked up his fifth save. Chase Vanek got his third win of the year. He worked five innings and gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three. Hector Marmol had two hits for the Grenadiers.