Gold Shuts Out Black, 2-0, in Game 1 of Black & Gold World Series

Oct. 13, 2007

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Courtney Morgan's third-inning home run for the Gold proved to be the difference in Gold's 2-0 defeat of Black in Game 1 of the 2007 Black and Gold World Series Saturday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

Morgan led off the bottom of the third by launching the first pitch he saw from Black starter Ben Hunter over the fence in left field.

Morgan's home run stood up, as Charlie Mellies, Ryan Burke and Phil Negus combined to shut out the Black squad over the full seven innings.

Mellies earned the win with 3 2/3 innings of work. The fifth-year senior allowed two hits, struck out four and walked two.

Ryan Burke relieved Mellies with one out in the fourth and gave up just one hit with a strikeout in his 1 1/3 innings.

Phil Negus pitched the final two innings for the save. Negus was able to work his way out of jams in the sixth and seventh after putting the first two runners on in each frame.

Gold scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Weldon Woodall doubled off Ryan McGrath to score Michael Murray. Murray had reached with a double to deep center off reliever Chris Hulton.

Woodall turned in the lone multi-hit game for Gold, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Morgan, Murray and Evan Ocheltree were the only others to record a hit.

Ben Terry went 2-for-2 with a walk and two stolen bases for Black. Willy Fox and Eric Williams each had a hit and a stolen base in the loss. Ryan Bouton, Nathan Frazier, Dustin Hood and Ian Tomkins all recorded a hit.



Hunter took the loss for Black, pitching four innings on the day. Hunter gave up just one run on three hits, while striking out three and walking one.

Hulton surrendered one run in his 1 1/3 innings of work. He gave up a hit and had a strikeout.

McGrath allowed a hit and had one strikeout in 2/3 innings.

The Black and Gold World Series resumes with Game 2 on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Games 3-5 will be played Oct. 17-19.

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