Baseball Uses Second Rally in as Many Days to Beat Eureka, 11-5
One day after rallying from six down to beat Southern Virginia, The Pride baseball team came back from a 5-1 defict to beat Eureka (IL), 11-5, on Wednesday. The win over the Red Devils marks the fourth in a row for Greensboro.
Eureka scored first in the top of the second inning with the help of a Pride error that brought home two runs.
Jon Krecicki and Greensboro cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame, with a single to right field that scored Grant Kelley. The Pride finished the inning with three hits but stranded three runners on base.
The Red Devils added another run in the fifth, but had it taken away because of an illegal bat. However, Eureka got it back one batter later on a single up the middle to make the score 3-1.
The Red Devils threatened again in the sixth, loading up the bases with one out before Kyle Zembsh entered in relief of Brandon Matthews to retire the side with no harm done.
That was not the case in the seventh, as Eureka put two runners on with no outs en route to scoring two runs to push the advantage to 5-1.
Greensboro fought back with four runs to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh. The runs came on RBI base hits by Matthew Parker, James Feldmann and Austin Catherina; as well as a bases loaded walk to Seth Caison. All five hits and four runs came with two outs. The Pride batted around and had a chance to go on top but left the bases loaded.
Greensboro would blow the game open in the eighth, batting around again, while scoring six runs to take a commanding 11-5 lead. Bill Wooding gave Greensboro its first run of the game with a single up the middle that scored Kyle Schmidt from first. Schmidt made a jump on the pitch and steamed his way around before the throw could come in. Wooding would come in on a wild pitch one hitter later. Steven Pfeiffer also added a bases clearing double and was sent home himself on a double by Michael Cobb for the final run of the game.
The Pride outhit the Red Devils 16-6 on the night with Feldmann pacing the offense with four hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Wooding and Catherina contributed multiple hits as well, as ten different Greensboro batters recorded hits.
Brian Robbett earned the victory, working the final two innings in relief of Zembsch and Matthews.
The Pride move to 13-7 on the season and will be in action for game two of the series on Wednesday afternoon at 12 p.m. The game was moved from War Memorial Stadium to Leonard Park in Greensboro, NC.