Ridgewater stays alive with rout
TYLER, Texas -- A seven-run burst in the seventh inning moved Ridgewater College into the fourth day of the NJCAA Division III World Series.
The Warriors eliminated Suffolk County of Grant, N.Y., 11-1 on Monday. They are one of four teams left in the original field of eight that started play Saturday.
The Warriors (36-6-1) next play New Jersey's Gloucester County College (41-13) at 4 p.m today. If they win, the Warriors will play again at 7 p.m.
Keaton Gustin's monstrous three-run homer capped the seven-run burst and provided the 10-run margin to bring down the curtain on the Suffolk season.
"It cleared the 25-foot wall in left-center and the tall trees behind it," said Warriors' coach Dwight Kotila.
Ridgewater had led 4-1 since the second inning.
Ryan Rodeck, who has only pitched relief in the post-season, went the distance scattering 10 hits and walking two.
"Rodeck really picked us up," said Kotila. "We only had to use one pitcher. We'll start Jason Dorn (today) and we've also got Justin Koenen and Justin Schroeder."
Matt Bauer doubled twice and Mike Riewer and Jeff Brooks also had two hits in the Warriors' 11-hit attack at Mike Carter Field on the campus of Tyler Junior College.
Joliet, Ill. beat Richland College 10-8 in the winner's bracket.
Ridgewater 11, Suffolk County 1
Suffolk 010 000 0 -- 1 10 2
Ridgewater 220 000 7 -- 11 11 0
HITTING - Suffolk County: Rob Aglialoro 2-for-4; Rob Moschetto 1-for-4; Nolan Lauterborn 1-for-4; Sean Connochie 2-for-3; Andy Lorch 1-for-3; Nick Galioto 1-for-3, rbi; Joe Manzella 2-for-3 ... Ridgewater: Tyler Horning 0-for-4, run; Mike Riewer 2-for-3, 2 runs; Matt Bauer 2-for-4, run, 2 2b's, 2 rbi; Tyler Steen 1-for-3, run, 2 rbi; Nate Alfson 1-for-2, run, rbi; Keaton Gustin 1-for-4, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Jeff Brooks 2-for-3, 2b, run; Scott Greening 1-for-2, 2 runs; Brad Haag 1-for-2, 2 rbi; John Gust 0-for-0, run
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Suffolk County: Mike Kitt (L) 6-9-6-4-2-5, Giovanni Jimenez Xc-2-5-4-3-0 ... Ridgewater: Ryan Rodeck (W) 7-10-1-1-2-4