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Kalamazoo brings the fireworks to Kokomo

June 29, 2019

Contact: Bennett Wise,

Growlers have a season-high in hits and runs in the victory

Kokomo, Ind. — The Kalamazoo Growlers earned a 12-2 win over the Kokomo Jackrabbits, in which the Growlers put up a season-high 15 hits 

The bombardment started in the second as Austin Knight (Tennessee) drilled his first home run and first extra base hit of the season to put KZoo on top 1-0.

The Growlers continued to churn runs in the third, on a near all-ACC inning. A pair of singles from Jake Topolski (Duke) and Gabe Rivera (Miami (FL)) led off the frame. Jimmy Sullivan (UVA) moved both runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt before Zach Gelof (UVA) drove in both of his ACC foes on a single. Drew Blakely (UVA) added a single to score Gelof. The final run of the inning was scored by Knight on a passed ball.

Kokomo got on the board in the fifth on an RBI double by Chase Keng (UTSA), scoring Logan Jarvis (Belmont). In the ensuing at bat, Jeff Timko (EMU) had a sacrifice fly to score Brandon Chinea (Nova Southeastern). 

Alex McCutcheon (Huntington) and DJ Moore (Huntington) would allow only hit after the fifth in relief of the starter Ralph Gambino (Penn State).

The UVA Cavaliers connected for another run in the ninth, as Gelof scored on a sacrifice bunt from Blakely. 

The ACC boys helped pour on six more runs in the ninth, highlighted by a two run single from Rivera. Gelof added his third RBI of the night on a base hit to score Rivera. Brooks Coetzee (Notre Dame) joined the parade on a sacrifice fly to score Sullivan. Knight drove in Gelof on his third hit of the night to cap of the 12 run performance.

McCutcheon (3-0) earned the win, while Chase Costello (0-1, LSU) registered the loss in his first appearance as a Jackrabbit.

The Growlers go for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 p.m. from Kokomo Municipal Stadium.



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