Freshmen Power White Past Blue on Sunday in Fall World Series
Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel Baseball team completed their second installment in a four-part World Series on Sunday afternoon at Riley Park with the White team cruising past the Blue team, 8-1.
The White team now leads the series, 13-5, have prevailed in 13 of the 18 innings played so far. The first team to win 17 of the available 32 innings qualifies for a "win" in the best-of-three criteria outlined below.
After ended in a 2-2 draw on Thursday, the White prevailed in the runs department on Sunday, winning 7-2 in the contest. It was the freshman that helped lead the White to victory as third baseman Zach Sherrill went 3-for-3 with three RBI, a double, a walk, a stolen base and scored two runs. Right fielder Hayden Hendry went 3-for-5 with three runs scored as well.
On the mound for White, freshman right-hander Brett Tompkins limited the Blue offense to just five hits and two runs in 5.2 innings of work. He did not receive a decision while walking one and striking out a pair. Freshman left-hander Connor Walsh earned the victory in relief for White as he went 1.1 innings without allowing a run. Sophomore left-hander Logan Cribb and senior right-hander Ryan Hines each pitched a scoreless frame to close out the game.
The Blue team struck first in this contest as leadoff man Nick Orvin drew a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Tompkins in the top of the first. After threatening for a big inning with the bases loaded and just one out, Tompkins would settle down with a strikeout and a fly out to avoid further damage.
The White team was able to get to sophomore right-hander Bryce Hines, the starter for the Blue squad, in the second when Hendry led off with a single and move to second on a sac bunt. Sherrill would single home Hendry and sophomore Charles Flowers later singled in Sherrill to give the White team a 2-1 lead.
Blue was able to tie up the game in the top of the sixth when sophomore Tyler Griffin singled and advanced to second on an error at second base. Redshirt senior Grant Richards the singled off Tompkins to put runners on the corners and freshman Bailey Rush grounded into a double play that saw Griffin come home to knot the game at two. Walsh then came on in relief and gave up a base hit and a pair of walks to load the bases, but Blue could not capitalize as Orvin grounded out to shortstop.
In the bottom of the sixth, White responded immediately against Hines as sophomore Calvin Orth and Hendry hit back-to-back singles. New pitcher Ross White came on and got a strikeout for the second out but Sherrill lined a double just inside the left field line to plate both Orvin and Hendry to give White back the lead, 4-2. Hines went 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, two walks and struck out six in the loss.
Hendry and Sherrill would both score again in the eighth off new reliever David Rivera to bump the lead up to 6-2. The White team was aided that inning by a wild pitch from Rivera and an error at third base. In the ninth inning, Orth singled home senior Justin Mackert for the seventh run of the game off senior right-hander Jeremy Long for the final run of the game.
The third segment of the fall World Series is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Riley Park in a seven inning affair. Sophomore left-hander Logan Cribb is set to throw for the White team while freshman southpaw Ross White will go for the Blue team. The fourth and final segment of the fall World Series at Riley Park will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in a seven inning game.
2011 Fall World Series Rules
The 2012 squad will be divided into two teams – the blue squad and the white squad. The goal this season will be to try to win each individual inning rather than winning a four-game series.
The 32 innings will be broken up into a "three-game series" where the winning team must win two of the following three stipulations:
• (Game 1) Winner will be the team to get to 17 innings first.
• (Game 2) Will be the winner of the innings left over from the first game.
Example- Say Game 1 was won by the score of 17 to 8, which would be 25 innings. Now there is 7 innings left, Game 2's winner will know be the first team to 4.
• (Game 3) The team that scores the most runs combined in all 32 innings.
The point systems will be awarded as follows:
• You will receive a point if you score more runs than your opponent does in an inning.
• If no team scores or both pitchers have 1-2-3 innings, it will come down to who threw the least amount of pitches.
• If both pitchers throw the same amount of pitches, it comes down who threw the most strikes.
Note: If visiting team doesn't score and the home team gets a base runner on, that team wins the inning but should strive to score runs because all runs scored count.
White Team Roster (coached by Associate Head Coach David Beckley):
Hitters: Mason Davis, Joe Jackson, Johnathan Stokes, Calvin Orth, Zach Sherill, Justin Mackert, Charles Flowers, Hayden Hendry, Ryne Hardwick, Corey Smith and Kevin Connell.
Pitchers: Kevin Connell, Brett Tompkins, Logan Cribb, Ryan Hines, Zach Sherill and Connor Walsh.
Blue Team Roster (coached by Assistant Coach Adam Vrable):
Hitters: Nick Orvin, Grant Richards, Bailey Rush, Bo Thompson, Drew DeKerlegand, Alex Christmas, Tyler Griffin, Hughston Armstrong, Damon Ardis, George Coleman and Ryan Kilgallen.
Pitchers: James Reeves, Bryce Hines, Ross White, Jeremy Long, David Rivera and Damon Ardis.
A recap with stats will follow each segment of the four-part series as well as twitter updates throughout the World Series at twitter.com/citadelbaseball. For more information on Bulldog Baseball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www.CitadelSports.com.