Freshman Alex Facundus Fanned Five Batters to Collect the Save in Game Two
Nov. 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Another solid outing from the Blue squads pitching staff led to a 3-0 victory over the Green team on Friday afternoon on the turf inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. Nick DiMaggio scored the first run of the contest and added an RBI later in the game to lift his squad to a 2-0 edge in the 2010 Fall World Series.
The Blue team jumped on the board in the first inning when Nick DiMaggio singled to right field, moving to third on an error on the play, and came around to score on a double down the left field line by Brennan Middleton. Middleton moved to third on a wild pitch and was doubled up trying to tag on a flyball to center field. Kyle McKenzie, the Green team starting pitcher, coaxed a fly ball out to center field from Matt Ryan and Middleton was thrown out at home plate by Cody Robinson to keep the score at 1-0.
Single runs in the fourth and fifth innings enabled the Blue (2-0) shirts to grab a 3-0 advantage over the Green squad. In the fourth, Ryan doubled down the left field line and came around to score on a one-out, RBI single from Greg Miller that dropped to the turf just out of reach of the shortstop. DiMaggio drove in the RBI in the fifth inning with a single into right field.
Zizinia (1-0) was in trouble just once over his five innings, when he loaded the bases in the second inning, and faced more than four batters in an inning just once. He fanned eight batters and walked four, but surrendered just two hits in five scoreless frames.
McKenzie (0-1) tossed six complete and allowed three runs - one earned - on seven hits. The sophomore struck out a pair of batters and walked two in his first start of the World Series. Jason Jabour tossed a scoreless seventh for the Green squad with one walk and one strikeout.
The Green Team (0-2) mustered only two hits on the afternoon and Alex Facundus struck out five of the final six batters of the game to preserve his first save of the series.
In the contest, DiMaggio was two-for-four with a run scored and an RBI, while Middleton doubled twice and plated an RBI. Quinn Pippin had a pair of hits and Bowen Woodson walked twice for the Blue team. Briggs Barrios and Garrett Cannizaro each singled for the Green team, while Karl Mundt walked twice in the loss.
The Blue team will look to clinch the series with a win on Saturday, November 6, while the Green squad looks to keep hopes alive for a series comeback starting at 12:15 inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.