Friday, April 15, 2011


Kunnen's Ninth Inning Homer Lifts Fire in Game One

GARDEN CITY, Ga.--Southeastern University split a conference doubleheader, on Friday, versus Savannah College of Art & Design at Chain
Field. Southeastern won the opener 6-5 while SCAD took the nightcap 8-2.

Southeastern, who is currently ranked No. 21 in the nation, improves to 37-14 overall and 12-10 within The Sun Conference.

The Bees are now 27-22 overall and remain in second place in the league with a 15-8 mark.

The Fire stormed back in game one, after trailing 4-0 after the first two innings.

Kevin Kunnen put Southeastern on the board in the third inning, hitting a sacrifice fly to right field which plated Armando Alvarez, making the score 4-1.

An RBI single by Brandon DeRespiris made the score, 4-2, in the fourth inning. DeRespiris knocked home Tyler Ruehlman after Ruehlman reached base with a one out single to centerfield.

The Bees extended their lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Patrick Braswell hit a RBI double.

Southeastern inched closer with two runs in the sixth, to make the score 5-4 in favor of the Bees. Hector Echemendia started off the inning with a single to center, and Ruehlman followed with a double down the leftfield line. Daniel Mims then singled home Echemendia, and Ruehlman eventually scored on a groundout by Jason Higdon. 

SEU then tied the score in the eighth inning when Josh Gordon scored on a throwing error by catcher, Jamison Sweat, tying the score 5-5.

In the ninth inning, Kunnen hit the first pitch he saw from reliever Jordan Davis, over the leftfield wall to give SEU their first lead of the game, 6-5.

Fire closer, Phillip Kish, earned the save in the bottom of the ninth. Kish allowed two base runners in the inning, but was able to strikeout Jonathan Andrews to end the game.
The Fire bullpen combined for three 3.2 scoreless innings. Lefthander, Corey Turner, got two outs in the sixth inning, while Josh Estridge earned the victory. Estridge pitched two scoreless innings and improves to 2-1 on the season. Kish earned his 14th save of the season which ties the school record set by teammate, Gabe Grinder, back in 2009.

Starting pitcher, Justin Mauldin, battled back from allowing four runs in the first two innings, to earn a no decision. He finished pitching 5.1 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, with five strikeouts.

Kunnen finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks. Ruehlman added two hits and two runs while Mims ended a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI.

DeRespiris also had a nice game, going 2-for-3 with a RBI.

SCAD jumped out to a 6-0 lead in first three innings of the second game. The Bees scored a run in the first on an RBI single by Mike Hines and added two more runs in the second as Hunter Pope and Patrick Braswell each drove in a run.  SCAD added three runs in the third as Kelvin Goodson and Shane Yoder had RBI hits sandwiched around a throwing error by the Fire.

Payne Alderman (3-4) earned the win for the Bees as he limited the Fire to just two runs. 

Alex Barron took the loss for Southeastern, dropping to 5-3 on the season.

Billy Glessner finished 2-for-5 with a RBI.

The two teams will end their three game series on Saturday, starting at 11:00 a.m.

Southeastern    001     102     011     -       6       12      1
SCAD             310     100     000     -       5       10      4
WP – Josh Estridge (2-1). LP – Jordan Davis (2-1). SV – Phillip Kish (14).
Justin Mauldin, Corey Turner (6), Josh Estridge (7), Phillip Kish (9) and
Kevin Kunnen. Bennie Sanchez, Mick Waterhouse (6), Jordan Davis (7) and
Jamison Sweat.

Leading hitters: Southeastern – William Glessner 2-4; Kevin Kunnen 2-2, HR
(4), 2 RBI; Tyler Ruehlman 2-5, 2B; Daniel Mims 3-3, RBI; Brandon
DeRespiris 2-3, RBI. SCAD – Patrick Braswell 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Jonathan
Andrews 2-5, RBI; Will Cioffi 2-4, RBI; Mark Malec 2-3.

Southeastern    000     000     200     -       2       9       1
SCAD             123     000     02X     -       8       13      1
WP – Payne Alderman (3-4). LP – Alex Barron (5-3). Alex Barron, Dimitri
Nunez (3), Colin Harris (6), Gabe Grinder (8) and Kevin Kunnen. Payne
Alderman and Jamison Sweat.

Leading hitters: Southeastern – William Glessner 2-5, 2B, RBI; Kevin
Kunnen 2-4; Jason Higdon 1-2, 2B. SCAD – Kelvin Goodson 2-3, 2 RBI; Hunter
Pope 3-5, RBI; Patrick Braswell 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI; Shane Yoder 2-4, 2B, RBI;
Jamison Sweat 1-4, 2B.