Black Takes 2-0 Lead in Black & Gold World Series
Dec. 4, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Through two games of the Black & Gold World Series, Black has taken a 2-0 lead over Gold behind a 7-6 win in 13 innings in Game 1 and a 5-4 win in seven innings in Game 2.
Jordan has gone 3-for-8 with four RBIs, a home run, a triple and a run scored. Redovian has also homered and driven in two runs, while Morgan is 3-for-9 with a run and two RBIs.
The Gold Team, which has outhit the Black Team 19-14, has been led by Grant Shambley. As the leadoff hitter, Shambley has gone 5-for-10 with four runs scored, a double and four stolen bases. Jack Carey (4-for-9), Conor Keniry (3-for-11), James Harris (3-for-7) and Joey Rodriguez (2-for-7) have all recorded multiple hits, as well.
Harris has been the only player to homer so far for the Gold Team, while Rodriguez has been a terror on the base paths with six stolen bases and four runs scored.
Niko Spezial earned the win in Game 1 after throwing 3.0 innings of scoreless baseball. He struck out four, walked two and gave up two hits in the win. Mark McCoy then got the Game 2 win in relief, throwing 4.0 innings and fanning four, while allowing a pair of earned runs.
Austin Stadler started Game 1 for the Gold Team and exited with a 2-1 lead after 4.0 innings. Stadler struck out six - the highest total so far for a pitcher in the series - and only allowed one unearned run. Just Van Grouw was his counterpart in Game 1 and struck out five in 4.0 innings of work.
Gold held a 6-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 1 before allowing Black to tie things up with five runs. Black loaded the bases to begin the inning after Kevin Conway walked, Jack Curtis singled and Redovian walked. Evan Stephens brought the first run home when everyone moved up a bag on a ground out to first base.
Another ground ball out by Mark Rhine drove in the second run of the inning to make the score 6-3. With two outs, Morgan delivered an RBI single and two batters later, Jordan ripped a triple to center field that scored two runs and tied the game.
Neither team would score until Curtis came across in the bottom of the 13th to win it for the Black Team. He led off the inning by getting hit with a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Redovian. After a fly ball made two outs in the inning, Curtis stole third and then came home on a wild pitch.
Gold again jumped out to a lead in Game 2 with a run in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the second. Joe Napolitano was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make the score 1-0 in the first.
Rodriguez got things going in the second by drawing a one-out walk and proceeded to steal second and third. He then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Josh Weidie.
The deficit was quickly erased by the Black Team when Redovian connected on a two-run homer to left center, scoring Conway who had walked to lead off the top of the third.
Black took the lead with an unearned run in the top of the fifth, but Gold answered immediately when Keniry smacked a two-out double to center field that scored Shambley.
The Black Team would take the lead for good in the top of the sixth. Luke Czajkowski led off with a walk and Jordan homered to right center to give his team a 5-3 lead.
Garrett Kelly scored Carey on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth, but that would be as close as the Gold Team would get.
The Black & Gold World Series will wrap up this weekend with Game 3 on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Game 4 on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.