MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Behind a four-run fifth inning, the Gold team forced a decisive game five with a 7-4 victory over the Blue team on Thursday evening in the Gold-Blue World Series.
Trailing 4-0, the Gold team used a two-out rally to tie the game at 4-4 in the fifth inning. Senior left field Jacob Rice
cut the deficit to 4-2 with a two-run single to center field. Freshman first baseman Jackson Cramer then hit a game-tying two-run double to left center field.
Junior catcher Cameron O’Brien gave the Gold squad the go-ahead lead in the sixth inning with a line drive solo home run over the left-center field wall.
Rice, O’Brien and freshman third baseman Alex Stephens
had two hits apiece to lead the Gold team. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming
and Rice each scored two runs.
Freshman outfielder Billy Sager
had two hits and drove in two runs for the Blue team, while senior infielder Michael Constantini
had two hits and one RBI.
Freshman right-hander Chad Donato picked up the win in 2.0 innings of relief. Donato allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits with two strikeouts. Junior righty Sean Carley
picked up a save, allowing one hit and striking out six batters in 3.0 innings.
The loss was given to sophomore left-hander Ross Vance, who allowed five runs on four hits in 2.0 innings. Junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave
earned the no-decision, striking out one and allowing two hits in 4.0 innings.
Game five will be tomorrow afternoon at Hawley Field. The game is free and open to the public.