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Central Missouri gets win at Houston tourney

Mules beat St. Mary's in Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park
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HOUSTON -- Freshman Donovan Ditto drove in four runs with a two-run home run and a two-run double to lift Central Missouri to an 8-3 win over St. Mary's (Texas) in the third and final game Friday of the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park.

Ditto, the team's No. 9 hitter, lifted his homer into the Crawford Boxes in left field to stake the Mules to a 3-0 lead in the second inning off St. Mary's starter Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (0-1), and his double was part of a three-run eighth inning that put the game out of reach.

HOUSTON -- Freshman Donovan Ditto drove in four runs with a two-run home run and a two-run double to lift Central Missouri to an 8-3 win over St. Mary's (Texas) in the third and final game Friday of the Houston Winter Invitational at Minute Maid Park.

Ditto, the team's No. 9 hitter, lifted his homer into the Crawford Boxes in left field to stake the Mules to a 3-0 lead in the second inning off St. Mary's starter Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (0-1), and his double was part of a three-run eighth inning that put the game out of reach.

Ryan Toliver also homered for Central Missouri, which never trailed and collected 10 hits. Meanwhile, Angel Vega's homer to lead off the fourth was one of five hits for the Rattlers, who then cut the Mules' lead to a run, 4-3, with two runs in the top of the seventh without the benefit of a hit.

Ben Kelsch got the win in what was Central Missouri's season opener, allowing one run and three hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one. Fernandez-Beltran gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Central Missouri center fielder Mason Janvrin reached base four times on two hits and two walks, and stole three bases from his leadoff spot. Collin Nevil added two hits, including a triple, for Central Missouri.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com.

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