Zack Bowers and the Red team fell 4-3 in game two of the Fall World Series.
Oct. 15, 2013
ATHENS----Freshman Stephen Wrenn fired a strike from centerfield to freshman catcher Skyler Weber who tagged out Daniel Nichols to end Tuesday’s game as the Black team edged the Red squad 4-3 in seven innings at Foley Field.
With the victory, the Black team evened the five-game series at one game apiece. Game three has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. instead of Thursday.
The Black team grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second off freshman Robert Tyler. Junior Heath Holder (2-3, Home Run, RBI) reached on a leadoff single and eventually scored on a two-out, RBI-single by junior Brandon Stephens. Sophomore centerfielder Sean McLaughlin made a nice running catch at the warning track of a ball hit by freshman Mike Bell in the frame.
In the bottom of the second, junior Hunter Cole smacked a leadoff single. He was picked off by senior left-hander Patrick Boling but first baseman Hunter Bening’s throw to second sailed high and in to the outfield allowing Cole to advance to third. Nichols, a sophomore first baseman, tied the game with a run-scoring double to deep centerfield.
With two outs in the top of the third, Wrenn reached second on a misplay by freshman Davis Hines in left field. Then Weber reached with a walk to bring up junior Jared Walsh. During his at bat, both runners moved up on a passed ball. On a 1-2 count, Walsh gave the Black team a 3-1 lead with a two-run single to left field.
Tyler tossed three innings and allowed three runs (only one earned) on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Sophomore Mike Mancuso took care of the fourth inning for the Red team.
Boling pitched three innings and surrendered one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts. Also, he picked off two runners. Sophomore Austin Wallace came on for the Black team in the bottom of the fourth and held the lead. After a leadoff walk to sophomore DJ Smith, sophomore Zack Bowers singled to right. Junior Hunter Cole drove a ball to the warning track in centerfield, allowing Smith and Bowers to advance in to scoring position. However, McLaughlin lined in to a double play to Bening who tossed to junior Cody McCance to get the Black team out of the inning.
Freshman Michael Carpin pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the Red team before allowing a one-out, solo blast to Holder in the sixth that made it 4-1. Redshirt freshman Michael Peel took care of the fifth for the Black team, allowing just a single to freshman Zach Sims before loading the bases on three straight walks to start the sixth. At that point, the Black team turned to senior Beau Buckler who has transitioned to a sidearm delivery this year.
With a 1-0 count on Bowers, Buckler’s pitch went to the backstop and Weber ran it down and threw to Buckler covering home and tagged out freshman Davis Hines for the first out. On the play, Smith and junior Nelson Ward advanced to second and third. Bowers had an infield single that dropped behind the mound to score Ward and make it 4-2. On the play, Bowers tried to advance to second on the throw home and was thrown out while Smith went to third. On a 1-2 pitch, Cole lined an RBI-single to right to close the gap to 4-3. Weber threw out Cole trying to steal second to end the frame.
In the seventh, sophomore Pete Nagel came on to pitch for the Red team and registered two strikeouts and was aided by another nice diving catch in centerfield by McLaughlin. Sophomore David Gonzalez looked to close it out for the Black team in the bottom of the inning. He allowed a one-out single to Nichols who moved to second on a strikeout by Sims. Freshman Rob Youngblood lined a single to center and Wrenn came up and fired a strike to Weber who tagged out Nichols trying to score to end the contest.
Red and Black World Series Schedule: Probable Starting Pitchers
Game 1: Red def. Black 7-1
Game 2: Black def. Red 4-3