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October 13, 2012After maintaining a lead for three frames, the White Team need only escape the top of the ninth inning to win game five of the Fall World Series.
But Chaz Frank and the Blue Team had a different game plan in mind. Stringing together a two-run inning, the Blue Team went on to defeat the White Team 4-3 in Boshamer Stadium on Saturday. The second series of the week is now tied 1-1.
Mason McCullough gave up a single to Brian Holberton in the leadoff spot for the Blue Team's ninth inning, as Blue trailed the White Team 3-1. Grayson Atwood then singled to drive Holberton home a few at-bats later.
It was senior center fielder Chaz Frank, though, who sealed the Blue Team's victory. After McCullough walked designated hitter Michael Massardo, Frank knocked a two-RBI double to right field.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Trevor Kelley, who was credited with the save, then held onto the Blue Team's lead with his bottom of the ninth inning, one strikeout performance.
Fellow sophomore Chris O'Brien notched the win for his 0.2 innings and one strikeout, while McCullough was credited for the loss.
Hobbs Johnson and Kent Emanuel, who started for the Blue and White Teams, respectively, pitched four scoreless frames before the White Team struck with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Johnson walked right fielder Zach Daly and third baseman Matt Campbell to set the White Team up to strike first. Second baseman Mike Zolk sac bunted both runners into scoring position. A RBI groundout from Bolt and a RBI single from Russell gave the White Team a lead they would maintain until the ninth inning.
The Blue Team did manage a one-run response in the next half inning. Shortstop Landon Lassister singled to right field and worked his away around the bases and scored thanks to two wild pitches from sophomore right-hander Luis Paula.
White then tacked on another run to its lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Michael Russell sent a double deep down the third baseline and advanced on wild pitch from Chris McCue. A sac fly from first baseman Cody Stubbs plated Russell, who gave the White Team a two-run cushion they would lose just one half inning later.
Johnson finished the day after 7.0 innings, in which he gave up two earned runs while striking out three batters. Emanuel gave up no earned runs and struck out five in his five innings on the mound.
Game three of the Fall World Series' second series begins Sunday at 1 p.m. in Boshamer Stadium.