RICHMOND, Va. – On a crisp November night, the VCU baseball squad wrapped up its annual Black & Gold World Series at The Diamond on Sunday night.
Needing to win game three by five or more runs, the Gold squad knew it needed to get going offensively. They did just that with a 7-3 victory in game three, but the four-run differential gave the overall series win to the Black squad.
"Our guys came out swinging the bats really well," Gold Head Coach Kurt Elbin said. "We finally stuck with a good approach against some quality arms that we struggled with earlier in the series. Matt Blanchard threw really well in the middle of the game to keep the Black squad at bay and allow us to extend the lead. Unfortunate how it ended on a tag up call, but it was a great series overall. Hats off to Coach Voltz and the Black team."
The Gold squad pounded out 12 hits on the evening, including 10 in the first four innings in which they quickly jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Junior Matt Blanchard kept the Gold squad in front, silencing the Black offense to just one unearned run in four innings of work.
Two unearned runs in the top of the sixth gave the Gold squad enough insurance to roll to the 7-3 victory.
The 2013 Black & Gold World Series MVP went to senior southpaw Logan Kanuik, who tossed 6.1 innings with no earned runs, allowing just three hits and striking out five.