Scott Stricklin watched the Black team defeat the Red team 11-7 to clinch the Fall World Series.
Oct. 18, 2013
ATHENS----The Black team was able to outlast the Red Team 11-7 in eight innings, and clinch a series win in game four of the best-of-five Fall World Series at Friday night at Foley Field.
Freshmen Stephen Wrenn, Skyler Weber, and Mike Bell provided a big offensive spark for the Black team, as the trio went a combined 8-for-12 with three RBIs and six runs scored, including the eventual game-winning runs.
The Black Team wasted no time in continuing their hot streak as Wrenn (3-for-4, double, stolen base, 2 runs scored) smashed a lead off double into left-center off of redshirt-sophomore Mike Mancuso. After advancing to third on a single by Weber (3-for-4, stolen base, 2 runs scored), Wrenn was able to score on a 6-4-3 double play by Jared Walsh to push the Black team in front 1-0 halfway through the first inning.
Sophomore David Gonzalez ran into trouble for the Black team in the bottom half of the second inning, loading the bases with two outs. Freshman Davis Hines doubled down the third base line that scored two for the Red team. After scoring two more runs on a wild pitch and an RBI single by junior Nelson Ward, sophomore Daniel Nichols smashed a two-run homer over the right-field fence.
Gonzalez allowed one more hit then surrendered back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs for the second time of the inning before being pulled in favor of redshirt-junior Taylor Hicks who was able to strike out sophomore Sean McLaughlin to end the inning. In all, the Red team totaled six runs on seven hits in the inning, all with two outs, as they were able to bat around and take a 6-1 lead.
The Black team fought back in the top of the fourth as their top three hitters continued to get the job done. Wrenn led off the inning with a bunt single, then stole second base before advancing to third on Weber’s second single of the afternoon and then scored on a Walsh sacrifice fly. Weber later stole second, and scored on an RBI single by junior Heath Holder, which ended Mancuso’s (3.1 innings, 5 hits, 4 earned runs) afternoon as he was relieved by redshirt-junior Jay Swinford.
After retiring his first batter faced, Swinford (.2 innings pitched, 3 hits, 2 earned runs) allowed three consecutive RBI extra-base hits to Bell (2-4, double, RBI, run scored), junior Cody McCance, and redshirt-junior Brandon Stephens as the Black team was able to tie the game at six a piece.
After three innings of scoreless baseball, the Black team plated five runs on four hits and two errors in the top of the eighth inning against redshirt-senior Dylan Cole. Walsh smashed a double off of the left field fence after Weber reached on a one-out single, before Holder drove in Weber for the go ahead run.
Sophomore Jess Posey then reached on an error by Ward that also allowed Walsh to score and Holder to advance to third. To cap off the inning, Bell lined an RBI single into right that squeaked under the glove of McLaughlin and back to the wall, allowing Holder, Posey, and Bell to score to put the Black team on top 11-6.
The Red team threatened a comeback in the bottom of the eighth scoring one run on three consecutive one-out singles, but redshirt-sophomore David Sosebee (3 innings pitched, one run, 4 hits, 3 strikeouts) was able to close out the night with back-to-back strikeouts.
Hicks provided a phenomenal effort in relief for the Black team, striking out a series high seven batters in his 3.1 innings of work while allowing just one hit and zero runs. On the other end, junior Jarrett Brown was also impressive for the Red team, allowing just one hit and no runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
Game five of the series is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Red and Black World Series Schedule: Probable Starting Pitchers
Game 1: Red def. Black 7-1
Game 2: Black def. Red 4-3
Game 3: Black def. Red 4-0
Game 4: Black def. Red 11-7