Iowa Central’s Gilroy blanks Co-Lin at NJCAA World Series

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 27, 2000

MLLINGTON, Tenn. — Iowa Central Community College sophomore right-hander Troy Gilroy ran his record to a 13-0, striking out nine in the Tritons’ 4-0 win over Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the first game of the NJCAA Division II World Series Saturday.

It was Gilroy’s eighth complete game on the year and his second shutout.

With the game scoreless through four innings, Iowa Central (51-8) plated their first run in fifth inning.

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Catcher Raul DeLa Cruz led off the inning with a reached second on a throwing error. Designated hitter Brian McGuire then slapped a double through a drawn-in infield, scoring courtesy runner Steven McGrady.

Iowa Central added three insurance runs in the eighth off of Wolfpack starter Jacob Blakeney (11-3).

First baseman Matt Stender led off the inning with a double to right firled.

Two batters later, he scored on Jon Becker’s single to right. Brian Hopkins then reached on a dropped fly ball. Becker scored on a DeLa Cruz groundout, and Becker scored on a wild pitch.

Poole was the only Co-Lin hitter with two hits, including his fourth double of teh season leading off the eighth.

Nook Logan of Natchez reached once on a walk and recorded his school record 41st stolen base.

Four different Iowa Central hitters notched two hits in the Tritons’ 12-hit attack.

Iowa Central advances to the second round, playing today at 3 p.m. against the winner of Jefferson Davis Community College and Mercer County Community College.

Co-Lin managed only four hits.

Eddison Lee and Adam Different each singled for the Wolves.

Doug Atkins of Natchez entered the game in the eighth inning and face six batters, allowing one hit, no runs and striking out two.

Copiah-Lincoln will face the loser of the Jefferson Davis-Mercer College contest at 5 p.m. today.

The Wolves were originally scheduled to play at 9 a.m. today, but the contest between Jefferson Davis and Mercer was stopped in the sixth inning because of rain.

Those two teams will complete their game at 9 a.m. today.

Carl Albert College will meet CC of Allegehny County-South Campus at 10:30 a.m.

At 2 p.m., Lincoln Land faces Glen Oaks Community College. Co-Lin returns to action at 5 p.m. If the Wolves win, Co-Lin will face the loser of the Carl Albert-State-CC of Allegheny County-South Campus contest Monday at 7:30 p.m.