Saints split with defending Nat’l champs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:59

By ROY ALLEN
SCCC Sports Information
The Seward County Saints Baseball team picked up a win against the defending National Champions for the second time in two seasons Monday afternoon at Brent Gould Field as they knocked off the 2010 NJCAA World Series winners, the Iowa Western Reivers 8-2 in game two of their double header. 
In game one it was all Iowa Western as a 0-0 tie into the third was broken by the Reivers with five in the third and seven in the fourth before going on to win 12-0 in five innings.  Game two was a different story as Seward picked up 12 hits and took advantage of three Iowa Western errors en route to an 8-2 win. 
The Saints got on the board first in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead but Iowa Western tied things up in the top of the fourth with a run to make it 1-1. 
The Saints would explode for five in the bottom of the inning to go ahead 6-1 and would trade runs with the Reivers in the fifth and then tack on an insurance run in the sixth to go ahead 8-2. 
Bryce Ruff would shut the Reivs down in the seventh and would secure his first career victory for the Saints as they went on to win by the count of 8-2. 
Ruff pitched 2-2/3 innings, allowing just one base runner  and picking up his first career win in relief of starter Austin Beisel who gave up just two hits in 4-1/3 innings of work. Every Seward starter had at least one hit as Steve Polito had three hits at the top of the Saints order and Ben Wainwright had a pair of hits in his first start behind the plate for Seward.

 
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