Black and Gold Tied 3-3 in Second Game of Series
Oct. 31, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Pitching continued to be the story in the Black & Gold World Series as the Black and Gold teams played to a 3-3 tie after 10 innings in game two of the series played Friday afternoon at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Game two of the series will be resumed on Sunday at Noon. Game three will begin after the completion of game two and will be a seven inning game. All games of the series will be played at Wake Forest Baseball Park and are free and open to the public.
The Wake Forest pitching staff continued to play well. Each team used four pitchers in game two and allowed three runs.
Sophomores Michael Dimock and Austin Stadler earned the starting nods on the mound for the second straight game. Dimock threw three innings for Black and allowed just one hit, while striking out two batters. Stadler started for Gold and also pitching three innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and fanning four.
Ryan McGrath pitched well in relief for the Black team. McGrath tossed three scoreless innings, giving up one hit, walking three and striking out one. Brandon Johnson and Gabe Feldman also threw out of the bullpen for Black. Johnson went three innings, allowing a run on two hits and striking out one. Feldman pitched an inning with two runs and two hits.
For the Gold team, Mark Adzick threw three innings of hitless baseball. Adzick struck out three batters and gave up one base on balls. Ryan Bouton also turned in a scoreless inning of relief, giving up one hit and striking out a batter. Zach White threw the final three innings for Gold, not allowing a hit, but giving up one unearned run. White also walked two and struck out two batters.
Stadler also performed well at the plate, driving in a game-high three RBIs and going 2-for-5 at the plate. Bentley Heyman also had two hits and scored two runs.
For the Black offense, Casey Wadkins recorded his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Wadkins also had the first home run of the Black & Gold World Series. Mike Murray also drove in a run for Black and went 1-for-3 at the plate.
The Black team grabbed an early lead with two runs in the top of the third. Wadkins led off the inning with a homer over the left field fence. Mark Rhine reached on an infield single with one out and then stole second base. Shane Kroker reached on an error by Heyman, allowing Rhine to advance to third. Rhine crossed the plate when Murray reached on an infield single to make the score 2-0.
The Gold got a run back in the home half of the fifth inning. Trenton Langston was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, but was retired at second when Heyman grounded into a fielder's choice. Heyman stole second and then moved to third on a wild pitch. After Steven Brooks popped out to first for the second out of the inning, Stadler recorded a two-out RBI with a double to right field to trim the lead to 2-1.
Gold grabbed its first lead of the game with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Heyman led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a single by Brooks. Brooks stole second to put runners at second and third. Stadler drove in both runs with a single to put Gold in front 3-2.
Black was able to tie the game with a run in the top of the ninth. Kroker started the inning by reaching on a fielding error and then moved to second when Murray walked. Matt Conway and Ryan Lloyd struck out for the first two outs of the inning. Both runners were moving on strike three to Lloyd as Kroker stole third and Murray swiped second. Kroker was able to score the tying run on a throwing error by Mike Lubanski. The Black was able to put the go-ahead run at third after Murray moved to third on a wild pitch. However, Jack Carey grounded out to short to end the inning and keep the game tied at three.
The Black team was able to get a runner to second in the top of the 10th inning. Wadkins led off the inning with a walk and then moved to second when Rhine grounded out to first for the second out of the inning. Kroker was unable to drive the run home from second as he popped out to end the inning.
After Gold was retired in the bottom half of the 10th inning, the coaches decided to suspend the game and resume it on Sunday at noon.
A recap of the conclusion of game two of the series and a full rundown of game three will be available on WakeForestSports.com.