Updated Sun, Mar 16, 2014 11:19 am
The Rio Grande RedStorm (10-13) split a pair of games with the Pikeville Bears (3-6) Saturday, winning the first game 6-2 and losing the second 5-7.
Rio Grande head coach Brad Warnimont was no happy with his team’s performance – especially on the mound.
“Our pitchers were cold today,” Warnimont said. “My weekend rotation will definitely be changing.”
The RedStorm are not struggling hitting the ball, with freshman Daryin Lewis hitting upwards of .400 this season and over .600 in conference matchups. Lewis was key in the first game, driving in three RBIs.
“Daryin Lewis had a base clearing triple, it was 3-2 at the time and that made it 6-2. That was big for us and Lewis has been playing well,” Warnimont said.
While the RedStorm have been able to get runners on base, their defense has simply allowed too many players to reach base due to errors and inconsistent pitching.
“We’re giving up way too many runs right now, we gave up 15 free bases against our two,” Warnimont said. Free bases include walks, wild pitches, stolen bases and runners advancing on errors.
Rio Grande has played a total of 10 games since March 7, but it finally has six days off before taking on No. 23 Georgetown. The RedStorm have had a tough stretch against a bunch of teams that have had the comfort of playing in the warmer weather.
If Rio Grande could upset Georgetown, like it did against Ave Maria University earlier this month, the team could be on its way to building momentum. It won’t be easy, with Georgetown perched at first in the conference.