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October 9, 2012The 2012 Fall World Series evened at one game apiece, courtesy of a 6-3 win for the Blue Team in game two. Freshman pitcher Trent Thornton picked up the win, while his battery-mate Matt Roberts powered the offense with three RBIs, including a two-run home run on Tuesday afternoon in Boshamer Stadium.
The Blue Team jumped on starting White pitcher Benton Moss early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Landon Lassiter got things started with a single to center, which was followed by a walk by Colin Moran and another single by junior Brian Holberton.
With the bases loaded, right fielder Parks Jordan plated the first run of the afternoon with the third single of the inning. Roberts tacked on yet another one base hit to drive in his first run of the afternoon and put the White Team on top 2-0. A wild pitch by Moss advanced both runners, and another wild pitch brought home the final run of the first.
The White Team fought back in the second with their own string of singles, knocking four straight one baggers, including freshman catcher Korey Dunbar's two RBI base hit to bring the score to 3-2.
Freshman Skye Bolt evened the score and recorded his first home run of the fall, taking Thornton out to right center in the top of the third. Bolt singled in the first inning as well, giving him three hits so far in the series.
Roberts followed with a homer of his own in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs and Brian Holberton on first via a walk, the catcher crushed a mammoth home run into the netting over the left field fence, putting the Blue Team on top for good 5-3.
They would tack on the final run in the bottom of the fourth. Senior center fielder Chaz Frank singled and stole second, eventually coming around to score on a throwing error by White Team third baseman Matt Rubino.
Moss went six innings for the White Team, giving up seven hits and six runs, five of which were earned. He struck out two a year after posting a 7-2 record with a 1.94 ERA to lead the team. He was replaced by sophomore transfer Henry Sisson, who struck out three in his two innings of scoreless relief.
Thornton recorded the win in his first start as a Tar Heel, lasting 5.2 innings and giving up only three runs while striking out five. Chris McCue came on to record the save, giving up no hits and striking out four in his three innings of work.
The final game of series one of the 2012 Fall World Series will take place Wednesday night at 6:00 P.M. at Boshamer Stadium. Freshman Taylore Cherry will take the mound in the rubber game for the White Team, while senior Chris Munnelly will throw for the Blue Team.