Freshman Randy LeBlanc Tossed Six Scoreless Innings in a Game One Start
Nov. 3, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - It was a pitcher's duel throughout and the lone extra base hit of the ball game plated the game winning run, as the Blue team eked out a 2-1 victory over the Green squad to open up the 2010 Fall World Series inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Jeremy Schaffer doubled to left field with one out in the eighth inning and Matt Ryan came around to score and lift the Blue jerseys to a win.
The Blue (1-0) team stuck first with a run in the fifth inning against Green Team starting pitcher Conrad Flynn. The frame started with a leadoff single, but Flynn picked the runner off at first base and struck out Quinn Pippin to quickly collect two outs. Bowen Woodson, Nick DiMaggio and Nick Boullosa all collected two out singles and Brennan Middleton collected the RBI with an infield single to make it 1-0 in favor of the Blue jerseys.
Flynn would toss five complete in the start, allowing one run on eight hits and striking out four batters. The senior was spot on with his command, as usual, walking none and allowing all singles, in the no decision.
LeBlanc would toss six innings in his first start of the Fall World Series and handed the ball to Alex Facundus with a 1-0 lead. LeBlanc allowed just three hits, but walked three and hit one batter, while striking out three in the no decision.
The Green (0-1) squad got their offense moving in the top of the seventh inning when Facundus hit Garrett Cannizaro to start the inning and Briggs Barrios followed that with a single to left field. Karl Mundt came up and collected a base hit bunt and an errant throw by Pippin allowed the run to come in to score and tie things up at 1-1. Facundus did a nice job limiting the damage, retiring the final three batters of the innings to keep it a tie ballgame.
Andrew Garner tossed scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh inning to keep the game tied at 1-1, but the Blue team recorded the walk-off win against David Napoli (0-1) in the eighth. Middleton walked to lead off the inning, but was erased on a fielders choice groundout by Matt Ryan. Ryan stood on first and Jeremy Schaffer doubled into left field, enabling Ryan to slide in just ahead of the throw for the deciding run.
Facundus (1-0) got the win with two innings of relief work, allowing one unearned run on four hits. THe freshman didn't walk a batter, but did hit one, and struck out one.
Seven of the nine starters for the Blue team posted hits, while six players posted hits for the Green team. Frank Florio, Greg Miller and DiMaggio each had multi-hit games, while Nick Schneeberger walked twice in the contest.
The Green and Blue squads will practice on Thursday, Nov. 4 and play the second game of the Fall World Series on Friday, Nov. 5 starting at 3:30 inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.