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October 8, 2012North Carolina's Blue Team took the first game of the Fall World Series 2-1, successfully playing small ball against the White Team on Monday in Boshamer Stadium.
Junior right-hander Shane Taylor earned his first win of the fall season as he struck out the only batter he faced, while fellow junior Tate Parrish took the loss out of the bullpen for the White Team.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with the score knotted at one, left fielder Tom Zengel doubled deep down the first baseline to start the action for the Blue Team. Third baseman Matt Rubino followed Zengel's at-bat with a single of his own, and Parrish walked catcher Korey Dunbar.
With the bases loaded, Parrish hit right fielder Zach Daly with a pitch to drive Zengel home and the Blue team to victory.
The Blue Team was also the first to strike in the Fall World Series opener.
Freshman Skye Bolt singled to shortstop in his first at-bat in a Carolina uniform in the bottom of the first inning. Both first baseman Cody Stubbs and Zengel also singled in the following at-bats, with Zengel's hit to right center field scoring Bolt.
Stubbs and Zengel led the Blue Team's offensive output with two hits apiece, while Zengel and Daly each tabbed a RBI. Freshman second baseman Alex Raburn led the White Team with two hits.
But it was third baseman Colin Moran who made an impact for the White Team when he made a statement in the top of the sixth inning. Moran hit a solo shot over the right field fence and tied the score at 1-1, but the White Team was held quiet for the rest of the matchup.
Starting pitcher Kent Emanuel commanded from the mound in 7.2 innings for the Blue Team. Emanuel notched seven strikeouts, while giving up just one earned run.
Hobbs Johnson also strung together an impressive outing as a starter for the White Team. In 4.0 innings Johnson gave up just one earned run while striking out three.
Game two of the Fall World Series begins Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Benton Moss and Trent Thornton will take the mound for the Blue and White teams, respectively.