Maroon Rallies to Take Opening Game of Fall World Series
Sept. 27, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Conor Smith and Eric Cheray delivered two-out, run-scoring doubles in back-to-back innings to help the Maroon squad overcome a two-run deficit and pull out a 7-3 victory in the opening game of Missouri State's annual Fall World Series Thursday afternoon at Hammons Field.
With runners on the corners in the bottom of the sixth, Smith lined a two-base hit into right-center to puntuate a three-run rally and put his club on top for good. Smith and the Maroons capitalized on a pair of fielding miscues, getting a bunt single from Trey Massenberg, aided by a throwing error, as well as a two-out mistake that led to the first run of the inning.
The following inning held more of the same, as a White team error to start the frame ultimately allowed three more unearned tallies to cross the plate. With two out and the bases full, Cheray hammered a double into the gap in left-center field to turn a 3-2 lead into a comfortable four-run advantage.
Patrick Drake capped the scoring for the Maroon squad in the eighth, hammering a long home run off the back wall of the left field bullpen to account for the first earned run of the afternoon for either team.
Andy Cheray picked up the win for the Maroon squad with four solid innings of relief. The left-hander fanned four and allowed a single unearned run on four hits in support of freshman Jordan Knutson, who also struck out four and gave up an unearned run on three hits over his four innings of work.
Sophomore Matt Hall turned in a strong start for the White club, striking out four while facing the minimum through his four innings of work.
Cheray led the Maroon squad with his three RBIs and a 2-for-3 day at the plate, while Drake also tallied a pair of hits and scored twice.
Conner Wilson paced the White club's offense with two hits, a walk, a solen base and a run scored in four plate appearances.
Missouri State's Fall World Series continues Friday (Sept. 27) with a 3 p.m. game at Hammons Field.