Ninth inning rally keeps Gold and Brown road hot streak aliveJuly 27, 2016
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO – Catcher Brody Andrews of Grand Valley State University and infielder Logan Barnes of Indiana University – Southeast each collected key final at-bat hits to lead the Kokomo Jackrabbits past the Chillicothe Paints Tuesday, July 26.
Andrews paid big dividends for the Gold and Brown (12-8 second half of 2016 Prospect League season, 27-23 overall) at Veterans Administration Memorial Stadium in his first game in a Jackrabbits’ uniform since June 11. He tallied two hits, including an RBI single in the ninth, as part of three runs scored. After he ripped the run-scoring single to center in the visitors’ last plate chance, Barnes came up and jolted a double to score Chestnut Hill College’s Matthew Owens and Andrews with the game-tying and leading scores.
The three-run comeback was more than enough for Indiana University – Southeast hurler Ryne Underwood. He came out of the bullpen and fanned three Chillicothe hitters, working around a one-out single, to preserve the pivotal victory. Kokomo moved ahead of West Virginia by a game on the second half Eastern Division standings, winning for the fourth time in five games on their current eight-game road swing.
The Jackrabbits open a two-game set at the Butler Blue Sox’ Kelly Automotive Park Wednesday, July 27. First pitch is 6:35 p.m.
NOTES: Underwood continues to be practically unsolvable out of field manager Matt Howard’s bullpen. He’s 1-0 with three saves, allowing one earned run in 27 innings of work while striking out 36. Fellow bullpen mate Matt Ulrich of Millersville University has been just as effective with two wins, 12 strikeouts and only two earned runs surrendered in 17 innings of work … Outfielder Alex Del Rio of the University of Missouri’s stratospheric .667 batting average over the last seven days has helped lead the Gold and Brown’s offense to a strong .263 mark in the span. He isn’t the only player swinging a hot bat, either as outfielder Griffin Harms of Wayne State University (nine hits), catcher/designated hitter Mitch Stoltzfus of Millersville University (eight hits) and Barnes and fellow outfielder Cole Nieto of Baldwin-Wallace University (seven hits) have all clouted six-or-more safeties along with Del Rio.