Birmingham Brother Rice rides pitching to doubleheader sweep of Detroit U-D Jesuit

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  • Birmingham Brother Rice pitcher Karl Kauffmann delivers a pitch during the second inning of the first game against U-D Jesuit. Kauffmann gave up one hit over 6 innings and struck out 10 in the Warriors 10-5 victory over the Cubs. The game was played on Wednesday April 16, 2014 at U-D Jesuit’s home field. (Special to the Oakland Press/KEN SWART)

By SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN
@MIPrepZone

DETROIT – The snow left on the ground from Tuesday’s flurries didn’t deter Birmingham Brother Rice Wednesday, as the Warriors braved the conditions and swept Catholic League rival Detroit U-D Jesuit in a doubleheader on the road.

Brother Rice claimed the opener 10-5 and then squeaked out the night-cap 3-2.

Sophomore hurlers Karl Kauffman and Mitch Tyranski picked up the victories on the pitching rubber for the Warriors, with Kauffman going the distance in the first game, tossing a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and Tyranski going five innings of five-hit ball in the finale.

Senior Tommy Lentz grabbed the save in the second game, recording the final out via a strikeout with runners on base.

“I like our pitching, I think that facet of our game sets us apart,” Brother Rice head coach Bob Riker said. “We’re showing signs of a solid team, but it’s not how you start the season it’s how you finish.”

Brother Rice is 13-1.

Randy Righter and Bobby Cross each went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI apiece in the opener to anchor the Warriors offense. Matt Ruppenthal went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in the second game to hold things down for Brother Rice at the plate.

“We always play tough against those guys, we just can’t get over that hump,” U-D Jesuit skipper Jimmy Mancuso said.

U-D Jesuit slipped to 3-9 after the loss.

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