White Squad Clinches Fall Series With 6-5 Win
Oct. 25, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Despite being out hit by a decisive 17-5 margin, the White squad recorded its fourth straight victory in Missouri State's annual Fall World Series with a 6-5 decision over the Maroon squad in 11 innings Wednesday at Hammons Field. With the win, the White team clinced the series four games to two.
Wednesday's Game 6 win came on the heels of a pair of unexpected turns. After the White team took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning Monday afternoon, the Maroon squad rallied for three runs in the final frame to force extra innings before the contest was suspended after 10 innings due to darkness.
Overnight rainfall kept the Bears off Hammons Field Tuesday, but the White team wasted little time in putting the game and the series on ice Wednesday, plating the game-winning run on Dylan Becker's sacrifice fly, with Eric Cheray adeptly avoiding the tag at the plate following his one-out double and subsequent steal of third to set up the go-ahead tally.
Cheray's run ultimately made a winner of Andy Cheray, who came on in the ninth and worked the final three innings. The freshman lefty allowed three hits while fanning three.
Patrick Drake led the White offense with a pair of hits, including a key two-run single in a three-run eighth inning that snapped a 2-2 tie.
But after a walk to Koby Peebles and a Keenen Maddox infield single, Conor Smith's third double of the game drove in two runs to spark the Maroon team's three-run rally in the ninth. Tate Matheny then followed a Tayler Ross sacrifice with an RBI single that knotted the score at 5-all.
The Maroons appeared poised to pull out the victory in the bottom of the 10th, loading the bases with one out before Andy Cheray worked his way out of trouble. Smith went down on strikes for the second out, and Tayler Ross lined a ball back through the box before it caromed off of Cheray's leg back to catcher Tyler Harris for the inning-ending force at the plate.
Smith finished the contest with four hits and three RBIs, while Maddox also added four hits. Ross also enjoyed a strong outing with three hits, including a double, and Matheny and Travis McComack each added a pair of hits for the Maroon squad.
Tyler Thompson turned in four strong innings as the White team's starter, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out four. Grant Gordon followed with two scoreless innings of relief, before Cody Schumacher and Cheray were touched up late for four runs.
The Bears, who are coming off a 40-22 season and their first NCAA Regional appearance in nine years, kick off the 2013 season Feb. 15 against Texas State at the Bobcat Invitational in San Marcos, Texas.