Baseball Sweeps Rhodes on Sunday to Top Conference Standings

Baseball Sweeps Rhodes on Sunday to Top Conference Standings

By MacKenzie Tuttle, Digital Content Supervisor 

ROME, Ga. – The Berry College baseball team swept the Lynx of Rhodes College on Sunday to earn the top spot in the conference standings. The Vikings bested the Lynx 3-2 in walk-off style in game one and then rounded out the day with a 10-4 victory in game two.

With the wins, Berry improves to 23-10 overall on the year, as well as 14-4 in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play. Rhodes falls to 21-13 and 12-6. Heading into the final weekend of conference competition, Berry has a two-game lead and has an opportunity to clinch the team's first SAA title outright with a series victory over Sewanee. 

GAME ONE RECAP:

  • Game one proved to be a pitching dual between the two teams, with neither team finding a way to cross the plate until the eighth inning.
  • Rhodes' Jacob Telli doubled to left center in the top of the eighth, bringing home both Paul Giacomazzi and Jon Michale Lauck to give the Lynx a late 2-0 lead.
  • Berry cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the same inning, as Tyler Calvert scored on a passed ball.
  • The Vikings' Jacob Delk then singled up the middle to bring in both Casey Whitaker and Zack Walch in the bottom of the ninth inning, ensuring the 3-2 walk-off victory for Berry.
  • Trey Rampy started the game on the mound for the Vikings, tossing eight innings, while allowing eight hits and two runs, striking out seven Lynx.
  • Luke Crawford (1-0) then earned the win on the mound for the Vikings, tossing the final frame, while allowing no hits and no runs, striking out two
  • Spence Johns led the Berry offense in the matchup, finishing the game 3-for-3 at the plate. 

GAME TWO RECAP:

  • The Vikings strung together nine hits in game two on the day, besting the Lynx 10-4 in the outing.
  • Rhodes crossed the plate first, as Will Heurtin singled down the left field line in the top of the first inning to bring home Telli and give the Lynx a 1-0 lead.
  • Berry's Will Deems then tied the game at 1-1, adding a sacrifice fly to bring home Delk in the bottom of the second inning.
  • Rhodes' Zac Lange added a sacrifice fly of his own in the top of the fourth inning, knocking in Heurtin to give the Lynx their second 2-1 lead of the contest.
  • Post quickly found a way to tie the game back up, singling up the middle to drive home Calvert in the bottom of the same inning, moving the score to 2-2.
  • Rhodes answered though, adding back-to-back runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings to take their final 4-2 lead of the day.
  • A fielder's choice, a pair of bases loaded walks, two singles and a double then plated eight runs for the Vikings in the bottom of the sixth inning, opening up scoring and ensuring Berry's 10-4 victory.
  • William Gibbons (2-2) earned the win on the mound for Berry, tossing 1.1 innings, while allowing just two hits and one run, striking out a Lynx. Three other Vikings saw time on the mound in the contest.
  • Delk led Berry offensively in the matchup, finishing the game 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs and two RBIs.

BERRY STATISTICAL STANDOUTS:

RHODES STATISTICAL STANDOUTS:

  • Paul Giacomazzi: 3-for-8, R, RBI
  • Zach Liebenson: 2-for-7, R
  • Jacob Telli: 4-for-6, 2 RBIs, R, 2B
  • Will Heurtin: 2-for-8, R, RBI

NOTABLES:

  • On senior day, Trey Rampy earned the single-season program record in Berry's NCAA Division III era for strikeouts with his 63rd punchout of the year. 

UP NEXT:

Berry will host the Scots of Covenant College in their next contest on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m. before heading to Sewanee on Saturday.