Hunter Dinsmore and Brad Hutson combined to allow one run on two hits and Demarcus Tidwell and Ryan Dansbury both drove in a pair of runs, as 19th-ranked Southern Poly stayed alive with a 5-1 victory over Bellevue University on Friday in the 2011 McDonald’s NAIA Championship Opening Round.
Bellevue (31-22) ends its season after two straight losses in the tournament.
In his first start of the season, Dinsmore pitched into the fifth before giving way to Hutson (6-1), who did not allow a hit or a walk, striking out four in 4.1 innings of relief. The righthander retired all 13 batters he faced.
Dansbury drove in a pair of runs in the fifth inning after a two-out error opened the door for the Hornets. The one-hop liner bounced off Bellevue third baseman Spencer Duggan down the leftfield line, giving SPSU a 3-1 edge.
Tidwell’s triple in the third inning tied the contest at one and he walked in the eighth, forcing in the final run for the Hornets.
Bellevue starter Mike Andrick (9-5) did more then enough to win, allowing three runs, one earned, before running into trouble in the eighth. The righthander scattered nine hits, walked three and struck out seven.
The Hornets missed a chance to score in the second inning after a leadoff double from Jeremy Boyd and a single by Dansbury, who stole second. But Andrick worked out of the jam with a grounder back to the mound and a pair of strikeouts.
Bellevue took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Francisco Rosario was hit and Tylor Pavel sacrificed him to second. Brandon Thompson’s double down the rightfield plated the run for a 1-0 BU advantage.
Southern Poly tied the game in the third with triples from Edmond Sparks and Tidwell.
The Hornets took advantage of a two-out error to score twice in the fifth and take the lead for good.
Tidwell singled with one out before Boyd chopped to second for what looked to be the final out of the inning, but Junior Martinez booted the grounder, setting the table for Dansbury, who doubled down the leftfield line. Both runners came around to score on the play, giving SPSU a 3-1 advantage.
Southern Poly added two insurance runs in the eighth after a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Blake Parrott. Brandon Zimmerman then tripled past a diving centerfielder, scoring one run, and reliever Bradley Reeves hit a batter and walked two in the only three batters he faced, forcing in a run.
info courtesy of Cumberland University