White Grabs 2-1 Series Lead With Convincing Game 3 Win
 
Matt Hall
 
Matt Hall
 

Oct. 3, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State's White squad scored eight unanswered runs and pounded out 16 hits Thursday in a 9-2 victory to take a two-games-to-one lead over the Maroon team in the Bears' annual Fall World Series at Hammons Field.

Freshman Trey Hair went 4-for-4 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored, and junior Dylan Becker drove in three runs to power the White team's offense that scored two runs in the third inning, two more in the fourth and three in the fifth to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 7-1 cushion.

Sophomore Matt Hall and redshirt freshman Bryan Young took care of the rest, holding the Maroon club to two runs (one earned) on six hits for the day.

Becker's first RBI of the afternoon on a sacrifice fly to left in the third proved to be the game winner against Maroon starter Andy Cheray. That followed a bases-loaded walk to Spencer Johnson that evened the score at 1-1.

The White team struck again the following inning, as Hair's second hit of the game set off a string of five consecutive singles. Tayler Ross drove in a pair of runs to make it a 4-1 game with a one-out base hit, before Maroon reliever Zach Merciez avoided further damage by inducing an inning-ending double-play ball.

But three more tallies in the fifth put the game out of reach, with Becker driving in Blake Graham with a base hit, and Hair and Conner Wilson coming through with back-to-back run-scoring singles to push the margin to six runs.

 

 

Merciez would settle into a groove and retire the next eight hitters in succession before Hair's leadoff triple in the eighth led to another run on an Aaron Meyer single. Becker's fielder's choice grounder in the ninth brought the final White run to the plate, as Graham scored for the second time after coaxing a one-out walk from Patrick Drake.

After Hall allowed a first-inning run on a Matt Fultz sac fly that brought in Tate Matheny, the left-hander permitted just three more baserunners before yielding to Young to start the sixth. The righty promptly retired the first eight hitters he faced until Drake's two-out single in the eighth.

In all, Hall walked two, gave up four hits and struck out two over his five innings to earn the win, and Young picked up the save after allowing just two hits and a single unearned run while fanning a pair of Maroon batters in four innings of work.

In addition to big games from Becker and Hair, Johnson, Meyer and Wilson posted two-hit games for the White team, while Joey Hawkins led the Maroon club with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

The two clubs square off again Friday (Oct. 4) at Hammons Field in Game 4, which gets underway at 3 p.m.

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