Delta State defeats William Carey

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 2, 2009

CLEVELAND — The No. 24-ranked Delta State University baseball team earned a 16-6 win over William Carey in a run-rule shortened game Tuesday at Ferriss Field. The Statesmen (22-11) scored 16 runs on 16 hits with one error, while the Crusaders (21-12) plated six runs on 14 hits with one error.

Trey Griffin (3-0) got the Statesmen off to a fast start on the mound, keeping the Crusaders at bay in the first three innings.

Griffin’s start allowed the Statesmen to jump out to a 9-1 lead after four innings before the Crusaders tried to make a game of it in the fifth. Carey plated three-runs off Statesmen reliever Nathan Hardy in the inning to cut the DSU lead to five.

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DSU answered back in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on RBIs by Matthew Little and Josh Gordon to take an 11-4 lead.

Carey scratched out runs in the seventh and eighth innings off Statesmen closer Levi Bishop to make it 11-6.

DSU added five runs in the bottom of the eighth thanks in part to Gordon’s two-RBI single to right center, Devin Goodwin’s RBI-double to center, and pinch hitter Rickey Ware’s run-rule clinching RBI-single to right to end it.

Gordon, a junior third baseman from Vicksburg, finished the day with a career-high four RBIs for the Statesmen after going 2-for-3 at the plate. Clay Sartain added three RBI, while Patrick Strack smashed his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the third. Goodwin finished the day 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, three stolen bases, and two runs scored.

Brandon Chretein led the Crusaders at the plate, going 3-for-4.

Griffin earned the win after pitching four innings of one-run baseball with six strikeouts.

Lance Brewer (2-2) was saddled with the loss, working one inning and giving up five runs.

The Statesmen will return to action this weekend at Henderson State University for a three-game series in Arkadelphia, Ark. Saturday’s doubleheader is set for noon, while Sunday’s game will begin at 1 p.m.  Matt Jones and Dan Hawthorne will have the call.