CLEVELAND, TN - Shane Spies clubbed a two-run home run as part of a three-run first inning and Kyle Miller fired a complete game two-hitter to lead the University of Rio Grande in a 4-0 win over Bluefield (Va.) College, Friday afternoon, in the Tennessee Valley Baseball Invitational at Lee University.
Spies, a senior, finished 3-for-3 and also scored twice for the RedStorm, who improved to 4-1.
Miller, a freshman, picked up his second win in as many decisions. The left-hander walked two and struck out three in a route-going performance.
Rio Grande took a quick 1-0 against Bluefield starter Justin Lykins when freshman Chris Ford reached on a one-out double to left-center and rode home moments later on a single up the middle by sophomore Isac Franklin.
Spies followed with his opposite field two-run blast, depositing a 3-1 offering from Lykins over the fence in left to make it 3-0.
The RedStorm tacked on their final run in the home third when Spies reached on a two-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored freshman Kirk Yates’ grounder to third was errored.
Miller was brilliant on the hill from the outset, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
Bluefield, like Rio Grande a member of the Mid-South Conference, got its only hits of the afternoon on a single to shallow center off the bat of Kaleb Long with one out in the fifth and a one-out single to right by Will Simpson in the sixth inning.
Lykins also went the distance for the Rams (2-2), allowing five hits and a walk, while striking out two.