FINAL: Black 1, Gold 0 (Black and Gold World Series Game 1) (Richmond, Va.)
BLACK STARTERS: #1 Acker (CF), #3 Prentiss (3B), #25 Machin (SS), #7 Ayers (LF), #24 Buran (RF),
#11 Haymaker (C), #18 Lee (1B), Malan (2B), and #31 Buckley (P)
GOLD STARTERS: #2 Cullen (CF), #10 Crimi (SS), #4 Cujas (3B), #19 Thomas (1B), #26 Marino (2B),
#34 Yount (RF), #21 Octavi (C), #1 Bunn (LF), and #13 Lees (P)
THE BASICS: Sophomore Vimael Machin's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted the Gold team by the Black team in game one of the Black and Gold World Series. Junior Tyler Buckley and freshman Hunter Absher combined to throw a three-hit shutout for the Black team.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Buckley started the game for the Black team and threw two strong innings. He allowed only two hits, while he struck out two batters.
- In the third inning, the Gold team threatened to score the game's first run. Junior Bill Cullen led off with a triple down the right field line. Following an out and an intentional walk to Joey Cujas, the Gold team had runners on the corners. Cujas would take off for second, and tried to get in a run down, but Machin alertly fired home and get Cullen by a step.
- The Black team's first chance came in the bottom of the fourth. A one-out double by junior Chris Ayers would start the rally. Redshirt senior Taylor Buran followed with a walk. Following an out, junior Bryce Lee singled and the bases were loaded. Sophomore Matt Lees was able to get a pop out and get the Gold team out of the jam.
- Freshman Cody Acker was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning, and he stole second on the next pitch. A single by junior Landon Prentiss put runners on the corners with no outs. Machin stepped to the plate and delivered a sac fly to left field, for the game's only run.
- With the win, the Black team takes a 1-0 lead in the series. If the Gold team wins game two the winner of game three will be the champion. However, if the Black team were to win game two, Gold would still have a chance, but would have to win game three by more runs than the combined run differential of the first two games.
- All games of the series will be six innings long.
- Absher earned the win for the Black team. He threw four innings allowing only one hit and recorded a strike out.
- Lees' threw four innings for the Gold team, and did not factor in the decision. He scattered four hits and struck out three.
"I thought the pitching was really solid. Obviously [Tyler] Buckley came out and set the tone early and Hunter Absher, in his first Fall World Series, did an excellent job. We got some hits when we needed to, and I thought we had some chances to score some more runs, but didn't. We did really a good job of bearing down and scoring runs when we had to."
- Black Team Coach Kurt Elbin
Game two of the Black and Gold World Series will be on Wednesday Oct. 24. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with first pitch at 7:15 p.m. The game is free and open to the public.