Freshman Alex Facundus Posted His Second Save of the Series on Saturday
Nov. 8, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Offense was at a premium on Saturday inside Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, as the Blue team claimed a 1-0 victory over the Green squad in game three of the Fall World Series. The lone run was tallied in the opening frame, before starting pitchers David Napoli and Wade Konvicka shut down the opposing offenses.
After Konvicka, the Blue team starting pitcher, got a ground out and a double play to breeze through the top of the first inning, Nick Boullosa singled to start the bottom half of the frame. The senior then stole second and third base, scoring on an RBI single by Brennan Middleton.
After retiring the side in order in the second inning, Konvicka got into some trouble in the third inning when the Green team loaded the bases with two outs. The freshman retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings, while Napoli was just as dominant over his final four innings. Napoli sat down 12 of 14 batters between the second and fifth innings and tossed a scoreless sixth inning.
In the top of the seventh, Konvicka recorded the first out before surrendering a pair of singles to Karl Mundt and Cody Robinson. With one out, Alex Facundus relieved Konvicka and walked the first batters he faced to load the bases. With the game still at 1-0 in favor of the Blue team, Andrew Garner, the Green team's leadoff hitter, struck out and Facundus coaxed a pop out from Garrett Cannizaro to convert his second save in the series.
Cannizaro had a pair of hits and a walk in the contest for the Green squad, while Garner, Mundt, Robinson and Zabel each collected hits in the loss. The Blue squad collected only three hits, with Boullosa, DiMaggio and Middleton each posting singles, and they also worked three walks in the contest.
Napoli (0-1) took the loss with six innings of one run baseball. The sophomore allowed three hits, walked three and fanned five batters. He faced just five batters over the minimum in the first complete game effort of the fall.
Konvicka claimed the win with 6.1 innings of work and six hits allowed. The freshman walked two, struck out two and improved to 1-0 in the series. Facundus stuck out one and walked one in two-thirds of an inning to post his second save in as many tries.
The Blue team clinched the Fall World Series title with the victory, improving to 3-0 in series play, while the Green squad falls to 0-3 in the series. The two teams will finish the five game slate with single contests on Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Wednesday, Nov 10, with both games starting at approximately 3:00.