Duke: White moves to 2-0
DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke baseball team wrapped up its second week of fall practice with a pair of intrasquad games.
In Thursday’s intrasquad game, the White Team scored two runs in each of the first two innings on its way to a 5-2 win over the Blue Team. Sophomore Chris Marconcini paced the White attack, going 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Aaron Cohn finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Senior Will Piwnica-Worms added two hits, while sophomore Mike Rosenfeld had a double and a run scored and sophomore Angelo LaBruna had an RBI.
Nebraska: White 6 Red 3
Lincoln – The Red squad struck first with one run in the bottom of the first inning, but a four-run third inning for the White team was the difference in a 6-3 win for the Whites in the first game of the Huskers’ annual Red-White Series.
Kash Kalkowski and Bryan Peters each had two RBIs for the White team, while their pitching staff gave up one earned run and struck out seven Red batters. Offensively for the Reds, freshman Austin Darby blasted a triple to right field and Richard Stock, a transfer from USC, accounted for the team’s two RBIs.
The top of the third opened with an error by shortstop Kurt Farmer on a ball of the bat of Michael Siwa and then pitcher Brandon Pierce walked Kevin Terry to give the White team runners on first and second with no outs. Following a strikeout by Ty Kildow, leadoff hitter Michael Pritchard beat out an infield single to Farmer to load the bases. Peters then worked a seven-pitch walk to tie the game at 1-1. Kale Kiser followed with a sac fly to center to score Terry before Kalkowski delivered a single to plate Peters and Pritchard.
Wichita State: Black 5 Gold 2
WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita State Black squad earned its first win of the Fall World Series as they won 5-2 in game four.
Drew Rainey pitched four shutout innings with four strikeouts for the Black, while TJ McGreevy pitched 1.1 shutout innings for the save.
Micah Green led the Black going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Purdue: Black 4 Gold 3
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In an error-plagued game that featured eight fielding miscues, a pair of errors helped the Black team score three times in the third inning, a frame that carried the Black and Gold series winner to a 4-3 victory in the finale of Purdue baseball’s fall intrasquad Thursday afternoon.
The Black team finished the five-game series with a 4-0-1 record, winning one-run affairs in games two and five.
The work of the relief pitchers highlighted the series finale. Five relievers backed up Black team starter Robert Ramer with 4 1/3 innings of hitless relief. Mike Gaglianese, Jack Roback, Mike Sudbury and Nick Wittgren each worked a scoreless inning. Wittgren recorded a 1-2-3 eighth inning against the 4-5-6 portion of the Gold team’s lineup to close out the game.
East Carolina: Gold 6 Purple 3
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Senior Zach Wright blasted a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh giving the Gold team a 6-3 win and claiming the 2011 Purple-Gold World Series title Thursday night at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With runners on first and second, Wright took a 1-1 offering from Dario Santangelo and deposited it to center field breaking a three-all tie for his lone hit of the night. A Santangelo pitch plucked Patrick Roy and Austin Blake singled through the left side with one out setting up Gold’s dramatic finish.
Freshman Dylan Dickens (1-0) picked up the win after tossing 1 2/3 innings of no-hit ball where he allowed one walk and struck out four. Dickens entered the game in the sixth with one out and runners on the corners and promptly struck out Sam King (looking) and Jonathan Holt (swinging) to get out of the jam. In the top of the seventh after issuing a one-out walk to Jack Reinheimer, Dickens fanned Bryan Bass (swinging) and John Wooten (swinging) to once again thwart a Purple rally.
Toledo: Gold 1 Blue 0
TOLEDO, OH – The Gold team emerged with a 1-0 victory in Wednesday’s final game of the annual Blue-Gold Series at Scott Park.
The Gold squad plated the contest’s lone run in the fourth frame of the eight-inning affair to win the annual series, 2-1. They also registered a 5-2 victory in the opening game of the series.
Senior INF Mark Lapikas led off the decisive inning with a triple and scored the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of freshman INF Dan Zuchowski.
South Alabama Fall Ball Recap
MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama baseball team, nearly two-and-a-half weeks into fall practice, held four intrasquad games last week at Stanky Field.
The Jaguars continue to work on pitching, hitting and fielding fundamentals during the fall, but are seeing plenty of live action each week.