Black Team Takes Commanding 3-0 Series Lead
DJ Smith provided two highlights in the eighth inning Tuesday, a nice running catch in centerfield and the go-ahead RBI single.

DJ Smith provided two highlights in the eighth inning Tuesday, a nice running catch in centerfield and the go-ahead RBI single.
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Oct. 17, 2012

An RBI-single by redshirt freshman DJ Smith in the top of the eighth inning scored freshman Cody Sheedy as the Black team rallied past the Red squad 5-4 Tuesday at Foley Field. With the latest victory, the Black team claimed a 3-0 lead in the seven-game series that culminates fall baseball. 

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Red team loaded the bases for junior Dylan Cole. The Black team turned to sophomore closer Ross Ripple. He struck out Cole on three pitches to preserve the one-run advantage and then pitched a perfect ninth.

Both teams got four solid innings from a freshman starter but neither figured in the decision. David Gonzalez left with a 2-1 lead, scattering four hits and one run with two walks and one strikeout. He settled down after a pair of wild pitches following a leadoff single to sophomore Nelson Ward that allowed the Black team to grab a 1-0 lead in the first. Meanwhile, Sean McLaughlin gave up two runs (only one earned) on five hits with no walks and one strikeout for the Black team.

The Red team took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when sophomore Hunter Cole (3-for-4) smashed a two-out triple off the wall in center field and freshman Daniel Nichols brought him home with an RBI-single. They extended their lead to 3-1 in the fifth as sophomore Heath Holder (2-for-3) drove in Dylan Cole who led off the inning with a base hit.

The Black team took advantage of two errors in the sixth to plate three runs to take a 4-3 lead. Senior Brett DeLoach and sophomore Jared Walsh reached on walks to start the inning. McLaughlin, who also was the designated hitter, tied the game with an RBI-double, and then scored the go-ahead run when freshman Morgan Bunting reached on an error. In the seventh, the Red team tied it at 4-all on a pair of miscues by the Black team.

The eighth inning featured a pair of outstanding catches in the outfield, one by Smith and one by sophomore Austin Wheeler. Freshman Jack Esmonde pitched a scoreless seventh inning before allowing a leadoff double to Sheedy in the eighth. At that point, the Red team turned to junior Beau Buckler to face Smith who delivered the go-ahead base hit. Also of note Tuesday, senior Curt Powell notched three hits for the Black team.

Here's the revised schedule for the final four games of the Fall World Series. All games are free and open to the public.

Game 4: Wednesday, 5 p.m., Bryan Benzor (Black) vs. Kenneth Anderson (Red)

Game 5: Friday, 4 p.m., Luke Crumley (Red) vs. Patrick Boling (Black)

Game 6: Sunday, 6 p.m., Grant Earls (Black) vs. Blake Dieterich (Red)

Game 7: Monday, 5 p.m., David Gonzalez (Red) vs. Sean McLaughlin (Black)

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