Coastal Carolina: Bronze 4 Black 2
CONWAY – The Coastal Carolina baseball team started its 2011 fall World Series Friday afternoon with the Bronze squad edging the Black squad 4-2, following a one-and-a-half hour session of showing their skills to at least 25 Major League Baseball scouts at Watson Stadium.
In the winning effort sophomore Jacob May was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a single, while leadoff hitter Luke Willis finished the day with two singles. Senior Rich Witten led the Black team at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance that included a pair of singles.
Prior to the start of the Chanticleer World Series, the Coastal Carolina position players ran the 60-yard dash, took infield/outfield and had batting practice for the scouts on hand.
Wichita State: Black 5 Gold 1
WICHITA, Kan. – The Black squad earned a 5-1 win in the final game of the Shocker Fall World Series.
Ryan Hege, Walker Davidson and Sam Hall each had two hits for the Black. Starting pitcher Albert Minnis went four shutout innings and struck out four for the win.
Tennessee 6 Western Carolina 3
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Fans of the Tennessee baseball program got their first glimpse of the new-look Vols on Friday as they took out Western Carolina, 6-3, on a beautiful fall evening at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
“This was a total evaluation day for our coaching staff,” first-year UT head coach Dave Serrano said. “We’ve only seen our team play against each other and this kind of tells us where we are at. We walked away tonight feeling good about how we responded. When I’ve had games like this in the past our teams don’t always respond really well, but when I look back at this game we threw strikes, played good defense and executed offensively.
Central Michigan: Gold 4 Maroon 3
MOUNT PLEASANT – Eric Wrozek scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium, as the Gold defeated the Maroon, 4-3, to take a 3-2 series lead.
Wrozek produced the run without any help but that of the Maroon’s Dylan Rheult. Wrozek walked with one out and stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch and then scoring on another wild pitch.
The walk off came after Joey Houlihan singled in the top of the ninth off Sean Renzi to drive in Trevor Karbowski to tie the score, 3-3.
North Carolina: White 8 Blue 3
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The second series of the Fall World Series opened up with an 8-3 victory for the White Team Friday night as Luis Paula threw six scoreless innings and Seth Baldwin and Michael Russell combined to drive in seven runs. Game 2 of the series will be on Saturday evening at 6 p.m.
The scoring started early and often for the White Team as they loaded the bases in the first inning and Matt Roberts hit a two RBI single.
In the next inning, Tim Brechbueler walked a batter and allowed a single before Seth Baldwin came to the plate. Baldwin then hit a towering home run to right field to put the White Team ahead 5-0.
Vanderbilt: Gold 6 Black 0
The Gold Team claimed the Black & Gold Series with a 6-0 shutout victory over the Black Team Friday night at Hawkins Field.
Gold starter Kevin Ziomek dominated over five innings of work to earn the win. The lefty struck out nine and scattered three hits to send his team to victory. Ziomek struck out two batters in three of his five innings. Josh Lee, Anthony Gomez and Mike Yastrzemski were the only hitters to reach base against Ziomek. Southpaws Jared Miller and Keenan Kolinsky finished off the shutout with one scoreless frame apiece. Miller and Kolinsky punched out two batters each to run the total to 13 on the night for the three Gold left-handers.