Oct. 28, 2010
An RBI single by sophomore Eric Anderson in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Black squad a 5-4 come-from-behind victory on Thursday night at Taylor Stadium to even the Fall World Series at one game apiece.
Trailing 1-0, the Black team rallied in the bottom of the ninth, starting with a leadoff walk by Anderson. Later in the inning, with the Black team down to its last strike, senior Ryan Ampleman singled to drive in Anderson, tying the game at one and forcing extra innings.
In order to expedite play in extra innings, runners were placed on every base to start the inning. Gold scored the go-ahead run when its first batter to the plate in the 10th, junior Ben Turner, walked. It added a run on a sacrifice fly by freshman Dillon Everett and took a 4-1 lead when a run scored on a ground out by junior Russell LaFleur.
Freshman Sal Belfonte doubled for Black to start the bottom of the 10th inning, driving in a pair of runs. Junior Conner Mach singled to score one and tie the game at four. After a runner was thrown out at home for the first out of the inning, Anderson delivered a base hit up the middle, driving in junior Ryan Gebhart with the game-winning run.
Game 2 was a pitchers' duel early on between a pair of MU seniors. Zack Hardoin for the Black team and Jeff Scardino for the Gold squad each turned in six innings of work and combined to strike out 15 batters. Neither pitcher gave up an earned run.
Hardoin struck out nine batters in six innings pitched, allowing just one unearned run on five hits, walking none. Scardino finished with six strikeouts in six scoreless innings on the mound, giving up just three hits and one walk.
The Fall World Series will continue with Game 3 on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at Taylor Stadium. Admission is free to all of the FWS games.