Maroon Squad Takes 2-1 Lead in Fall Series
 
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Oct. 11, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State baseball team resumed its annual intrasquad Fall World Series Wednesday afternoon at Hammons Field, with the Maroon team taking Game 2 by an 8-7 score, before the White squad notched its first win of the series with a 3-1 decision in Game 3.

The Maroon squad completed a miraculous Game 2 comeback by scratching out a single tally in the bottom of the 14th inning for a walk-off victory that gave them a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. After rallying from a 7-3 deficit in the eighth to force extra frames before the game was suspended due to darkness last Thursday, Koby Peebles delivered his second sacrifice fly of the contest to plate Tayler Ross with the game-winner Wednesday.

Freshman righty Sam Perez picked up the win for the Maroon team after working a scoreless top half of the 14th, allowing one hit and posting a strikeout. Junior hurler Nick Petree helped make the victory possible by fanning four over three scoreless innings.

Cody Schumacher turned in three shutout innings of his own for the White squad. The senior right-hander struck out a pair of hitters and allowed just two hits.

Freshman outfielder Tate Matheny, who delivered a perfectly-executed hit-and-run single to highlight the Maroon squad's 14th inning rally, finished the game 3-for-8 at the plate. Joey Hawkins also added three hits, while Peebles and Trey Massenberg each drove in a pair of runs.

For the White squad, Conner Wilson led the way with a 4-for-7 game that included a key two-run homer. Eric Cheray also enjoyed a strong afternoon, going 3-for-6 with a double.

 

 

Wednesday's second contest featured strong pitching from both sides, with the White team getting four standout innings from senior right-hander Grant Gordon in relief to earn a 3-1 win.

Gordon earned the victory after striking out six hitters and giving up just one run. Three of the Maroon team's five hits against Gordon came in the sixth--his final inning of work--with the White squad already holding a 3-0 lead.

With starter Jonathan Harris (two scoreless innings) and Gordon in command on the mound, the White team struck for an early unearned run against Perez in the first after a one-out, two-base error and a Spencer Johnson sac fly.

The White squad added to its lead in the fifth, as Patrick Drake led off the frame with his second double of the game, then scored on a Tyler Harris triple to right. Derek Locascio followed with another sac fly to push the margin to three runs.

The Maroons answered with their only tally of the game in the sixth when Keenen Maddox lined a single up the middle following Peebles's lead-off double.

Drake paced the White team's offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, and Tyler Harris added a pair of extra-base hits and scored a run for the victors.

The Bears will be back in action Thursday (Oct. 11) afternoon at 3 p.m. for Game 4 at Hammons Field.

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