White Squad Walks Off With 6-5 Win to Clinch Series
Oct. 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Dylan Becker's two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a four-run rally and handed the White team a 6-5 victory in Game 6 of Missouri State's annual Fall World Series at Hammons Field Thursday.
Moments after Spencer Johnson drove in two runs with a clutch two-out hit of his own -- a double deep in the gap in left-center field -- Becker laced the game-winner into shallow left-center to complete the comeback and give the White squad its fourth and decidiing victory in the series.
The late rally for the White team followed a strong start for their Maroon counterparts, who held on for a 5-4 Game 5 victory to start the day after the contest was suspended due to darkness Wednesday evening. Still trailing in the series three games to two, the Maroons built a 5-1 lead thanks to a series of defensive miscues that resulted in four unearned runs. A pair of walks and a White fielding error led to two runs in the first on back-to-back ground balls to the right side of the infield by Tate Matheny and Matt Fultz.
Matheny struck again in the fourth, scoring on Cory Kay's sac fly to center following a lead-off single, a passed ball and another White error to make it a 3-1 game.
Lefty reliever Andy Cheray would preserve the Maroon advantage over his 3.2 innings of work, allowing just one run on two hits while fanning three.
White would pull to within one run in the fifth on Matt Dezort's RBI single with two out, but a two-out error in the sixth would plate two more runs for the Maroon team, making it a 5-2 game.
Graham finished the day 2-for-3, and Dezort added a pair of hits as well to pace the White team.
Matheny recorded two hits and an RBI, while Conor Smith singled and scored twice to lead the Maroon squad.
With the Fall World Series complete, the Bears will host the Ontario Blue Jays in an exhibition contest Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 3 p.m. Admission to the nine-inning game at Hammons Field is free and open to the public.