Updated Tue, Mar 11, 2014 8:48 pm
The Rio Grande RedStorm extended their win streak to four games when they defeated the Warner Royals 10-5 in Babson Park, Fla., on Tuesday. Daryin Lewis relieved for left handed freshman Brandon Stevens to pick up his first save for Rio Grande and to close out the game.
Grant Tamane went 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs as well as a stolen base. Tamane has been on a tear recently, going 3 for 7 in the past two games with four RBIs and a pair of stolen bases.
“Tamane’s been playing extremely well,” Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont said. ”His hamstring was tight, so we pulled him in the sixth to keep him fresh for tomorrow against Ave Maria.”
Dylan Heiring and Bobby Barradas pitched through the first inning and allowed two runs. Jordan Pike came in and pitched 5 1/3 innings while allowing eight runs on nine hits. For the Royals, Sergio Perez went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. Warner only combined for four total hits during the game.
The RedStorm did most of their damage in the second and fifth innings where they combined for seven of their 10 runs.
Kyle Findley had a double that brought in two runners to start the scoring in the first inning. Luis Jimenez added another two hits including another double and stolen base.
The RedStorm look to continue their winning ways against No. 25 Ave Maria University Wednesday at 10 a.m. down in Florida. Rio Grande has the 19th most difficult schedule according to Boyd RPI, which ranks schedules based on opponents and scoring margins.
“Anytime you can pick up two wins against these Florida squads, it’s encouraging for our team,” Warnimont said.