FRANKFORT — Junior Kelvin Brito drove in four runs, while Scott Miller plated three as the Railsplitters cruised to a 14-7 win over the Kentucky State Thorobreds in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday. Lincoln Memorial improves to 24-12-1 overall, while Kentucky State drops to 12-30.
It was another solid offensive effort for the Railsplitters, who scattered 14 hits across Alumni Field, an effort carried largely by Brito and Miller, who combined for six hits. Miller was 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and three runs, while Brito went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs. Kyle Floyd added two more hits with an RBI, Nick Morabito posted two hits with a two-bagger and an RBI, and Isaac Woody contributed two hits, two runs and two stolen bases.
Jordan Raines earned his first collegiate victory after spinning five innings with four hits and two runs allowed before giving way to three relievers down the stretch. Dominic Morabito tossed a perfect sixth frame, while Will Meek was roughed up for six hits and five runs in the seventh. Ryan Burlison was called on in relief in the seventh, and he fanned five of the nine batters he faced in three flawless innings of relief.
The Railsplitters scored in each of the first three innings as Brito posted an RBI double in the first and drove in two more runs with a single in the second. Additionally, a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch scored another run in the second stanza. Jean Rodriguez extended the Railsplitters’ early lead to 5-0 with a sacrifice fly in the third.
The Thorobreds trimmed the lead to three in the bottom of the third as Kyle Clark doubled in a run and Alexander Davie singled in another, but the Railsplitters bounced back emphatically in the sixth. Lincoln Memorial posted four runs in the visitor’s half of that frame behind Floyd’s two-run single as well as a run-scoring passed ball and wild pitch.
Kentucky State trailed 10-2 entering the bottom of the seventh, when they nearly rose all the way from the depths. The first seven Thorobreds reached safely, recording three-straight singles, a hit-by-pitch, two more singles and a double, all leading to five runs, before Burlison was called out of the bullpen. Burlison stomped out the rally by fanning two straight batters and inducing a fly out to strand two runners on base.
The Railsplitters got some insurance in the top of the ninth, racking up four runs, highlighted by Miller’s RBI double, to bulge the lead to 14-7. The Thorobreds, meanwhile, went down in 1-2-3 order in the ninth.
Lincoln Memorial was scheduled to visit UVa-Wise on Wednesday and will return to Lamar Hennon Field on Friday for the first of a three-game SAC set against Anderson.