Deacs Complete Annual Black & Gold World Series
Oct. 12, 2017

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest baseball team wrapped up its fall slate over the weekend with the final games of the Black & Gold World Series, with Team Gold taking the series, three games to zero with one tie.

Several freshmen led the offensive attack in the series. For Gold, Bobby Seymour went 8-for-12 with two homers, four doubles, 12 RBIs and four walks. DJ Poteet was 6-for-12 with a homer, two doubles and three walks and Michael Ludowig went 4-for-13 with a double, four RBIs and three walks.

For Black, Shane Muntz led the way by going 5-for-10 with a homer, double, six RBIs, four walks and two HBPs, while Jared Shuster was 5-for-11 with a triple, three walks and a hit by pitch. Chris Lanzilli added a pair of doubles and three walks.

Among returners, Patrick Frick (5-for-11, two doubles, three RBIs, four walks), Logan Harvey (5-for-12, homer, triple, six RBIs, three walks), and Johnny Aiello (three doubles, four RBIs, four walks) paced Team Gold. For Team Black, Keegan Maronpot (4-for-8, two RBIs, three walks), Jake Mueller (5-for-15, two walks, three RBIs) and Bruce Steel (4-for-13, double, two walks) pitched into the offensive effort.

 

 

Team Black's Rayne Supple was the top pitcher for either side. He finished with 6.2 innings of one-run ball, striking out seven while allowing just two hits. Shane Muntz also aided Team Black with 4.0 innings of one-run ball, striking out four and allowing two hits without a walk.

Ethan Gallagher split time between the teams, finishing 3-for-8 with a double, two walks and a hit by pitch.

Several key pitchers had the fall off from pitching due to heavy workloads in the spring and summer: Griffin Roberts, Chris Farish, Colin Peluse, Morgan McSweeney and Drew Loepprich.

Game 1: Gold 8, Black 8 (7 inn.)

Team Black jumped out to an 8-4 lead through four innings, but Gold battled back with a a solo homer by DJ Poteet in the sixth, followed by a two-run triple by Logan Harvey and sac fly by Chase Mascolo to tie it.

Tyler Witt shut down the Black offense the final three innings, striking out four and allowing just one hit. Rayne Supple led the Team Black staff with 2.2 hitless innings, striking out a pair.

Bobby Seymour led the Gold offense with a homer, walk and two RBIs and Johnny Aiello had a double, three walks and two runs scored. Shane Muntz went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs for Black, while Chris Lanzilli was 2-for-4 with a double.

Game 2: Gold 13, Black 7 (6 inn.)

Gold once again erased an early 3-1 deficit, scoring four runs each of their final three times at bat to win the game.

Bobby Seymour broke out for Gold with a 4-for-4 effort, tallying three doubles and six RBIs. Patrick Frick added two hits, a double and three runs scored and Johnny Aiello had two doubles and two RBIs. Michael Ludowig chipped in aiwth a two-run single.

For Black, Nick DiPonzio had a hit, two walks and three RBIs. Jake Mueller had a pair of RBIs, Christian Rodriguez had an RBI double, Shane Muntz went 2-for-3 with a double and Zach Seal was 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI.

William Fleming closed the game out for Gold with a scoreless sixth inning.

Game 3: Gold 9, Black 7 (7 inn.)

For the third-straight game, Team Gold fell behind before battling back. Black led 7-0 after three innings before Gold stormed back with nine straight runs.

Bobby Seymour added four more RBIs, including a three-run blast in the fifth inning to bring Gold within three runs.

In the sixth, four straight RBIs from DJ Poteet (fielder's choice), Patrick Frick (sac fly), Seymour (double) and Johnny Aiello (fielder's choice) turned a 7-4 deficit into an 8-7 lead. Logan Harvey led off the seventh with a solo homer for an insurance run.

Black wasted a strong start from Rayne Supple, who allowed a run on two hits over 4.0 innings, striking out five. Team Black was led offensively by Jared Shuster (3-for-4, triple, walk), Bruce Steel (2-for-4, double, walk) and Shane Muntz (1-for-2, two RBIs, three walks).

Ben Casstevens settled the game down for Gold. After surrendering three runs in his first inning, he didn't allow another run and finished with 4.0 innings of work. William Fleming pitched the final 2.0 shutout innings for Gold, striking out two and allowing one walk and one hit for the save.

Game 4: Gold 6, Black 5 (6 inn.)

The theme of the series struck again, with Gold bouncing back from deficits of 3-0 and 5-4 for a walk-off win in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by Logan Harvey. Ethan Gallagher singled to start the inning and DJ Poteet walked. After a Chase Mascolo sac bunt and Patrick Frick walk, Harvey singled up the middle to bring home a pair.

Black had retaken the lead an inning before. Singles by Jake Mueller and Jared Shuster started the frame, setting up a run-scoring double play and Keegan Maronpot RBI single.

Harvey finished with three RBIs for Gold while Poteet was 2-for-2 with a double, walk and three runs scored. Frick was 1-for-1 with three walks and Bobby Seymour walked twice.

For Black, Mueller had two hits and two runs while Maronpot was 2-for-3. Chris Lanzilli added an RBI double.

Shane Muntz had a scoreless start on the mound for Team Black with 2.0 hitless innings. Cole McNamee earned the win for Team Gold with a scoreless sixth inning on the mound.

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