Monday, March 11, 2019

AMAZING! Nine-run eighth lifts baseball past Minnesota Duluth

Recap, photo courtesy of NYIT
Zach Kleinwaks went 4-for-4, including an RBI single in the nine-run eighth inning.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — An eighth-inning eruption led the NYIT baseball team to a victory on Friday.

The Bears produced nine runs in the frame to rally for a 13-10 victory against Minnesota Duluth at Osceola Heritage Park.

NYIT entered the half-inning trailing 10-4.

The nine-run outburst marked the most runs scored by the Bears in an inning since an 11-run fourth inning in a 14-13 win at Adelphi on April 29 of last season.

Making his first start of the season, Zach Kleinwaks went 4-for-4, including an RBI single that began the eighth-inning rally.

EJ Cumbo followed with a three-run double. Cumbo eventually scored on a throwing error. Ben McNeill contributed a go-ahead two-run double. The Bears tacked on two more runs in the inning as Jake Lebel delivered an RBI double and then scored on a balk.

Lebel finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Ariel Taveras pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season.

Grambling transfer Chris Campbell, slowed early this season by a fractured hamate bone in his right hand, made his NYIT debut as a pinch hitter in the eighth. He was hit by a pitch and eventually scored in the frame.

NYIT improved to 5-2 entering a game Friday afternoon against Minnesota Crookston.

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