Chillicothe, Ohio – The No. 21-ranked IU Southeast baseball team saw its River States Conference Tournament run end Monday night as Midway University defeated the Grenadiers 4-3.
The Grenadiers (45-13) opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the second when Tanner Leenknecht hit his second home run of the tournament and seventh of the year to left.
Midway (27-27) tied the game in the fourth when Danny Maguire doubled to score Carlos Cespedes. The Eagles took the lead in the next inning when Reid Battles singled and stole second and then was knocked in on a RBI single from Matthew Olson.
The Grenadiers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Richard Rodriguez came through with an RBI single.
But the Eagles answered back with two runs in the top of the sixth when Maguire hit another RBI double and the next two batters were hit by pitchers to load the bases. Maguire came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Battles.
IU Southeast cut the lead in the half in the bottom of the ninth when Clay Benefield hit an infield single to score Nicholas Lugo with one out. Kyle Goodman pinch ran for Benefield and stole second but was stranded there when Matt Volz struck out swinging and Julian Flanary grounded out to second to end the game.
IU Southeast has a good chance to earn an at-large bid to the NAIA Tournament due to its No. 21 national ranking and strength of schedule. The NAIA Tournament field will be announced Thursday at 4 p.m. ET.