White Squad Wins Third Straight to Take 3-2 Fall Series Lead
Oct. 19, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Behind another strong offensive attack and the combined pitching efforts of Jonathan Harris and Grant Gordon, the White squad notched its third straight victory in Missouri State's Fall World Series with an 8-1, Game 5 win over the Maroon team Thursday afternoon.
Harris and Gordon combined to blank the Maroon squad for eight innings, while White team's offense errupted for three runs in the fourth inning and five more in the eighth to put the game out of reach.
Harris worked around lead-off doubles in the second and fourth innings over his four shutout frames, before Gordon came on in the fifth and struck out seven while giving up just three hits in his four innings of work.
After three scoreless innings, the White squad struck for three runs against Sam Perez in the fourth. Singles by Spencer Johnson and Patrick Drake started the rally before Tyler Harris's RBI grounder produced the game's first run. Eric Cheray's sacrifice fly made it a 2-0 game, and Conner Wilson drove in the third run with a double.
The victors piled on five more tallies in the eighth against Tyler Burgess, as a Cheray base hit and walks to Dylan Becker and Matt Dezort got the ball rolling. After a wild pitch brought Cheray in with the fifth run of the game, Johnson came through with a base hit that drove in two runs. Finally, Harris and Wilson came through once again with run-scoring singles to stretch the margin to 8-0.
The Maroon team plated its lone run in the ninth when Tate Matheny singled and stole second, and Tayler Ross walked to set up Travis McComack's RBI single against Andy Cheray.
Derek Locascio led the White squad with a 3-for-4 day, while Johnson finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Wilson went 2-for-5 with two runs batted-in and a pair of runs scored.
Perez worked three shutout innings before being touched up for three runs in his final inning of work for the Maroon squad. Erik Shannahan followed with three scoreless innings of relief, scattering four hits.
Up next, the Fall Series continues Monday (Oct. 22) with Game 6 at 3 p.m., with Game 7 to follow Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m.