Nov. 1, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Two three-run innings by Team Green was enough for them to get past Team Blue by a score of 6-4 during the first game of the Tulane baseball Fall World Series at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Team Green came up huge in the second and fourth innings, posting crooked numbers in both frames to allow them to get past Team Blue. Team Green's freshman shortstop Stephen Alemais came up huge in both innings, notching a two-out, two-run double in the second, while doubling again and scoring a run on an error in the fourth while going 3-for-6 on the day.
Alemais also scored in the second inning on a single off the bat of freshman catcher Jake Rogers, while the other two runs in the fourth came off the bat of sophomore third baseman Tim Yandel with two outs on the board.
Alemais also showed his glove in the field, making quite a few difficult plays, while the remainder of the Team Green played relatively errorless baseball. The lone miscue on the day came on when Yandel tripped after scooping up a grounder hit to his side.
Senior southpaw Brady Wilson started on the hill for Team Green, and he was by far the best pitcher on the afternoon, fanning four and allowing only four hits over 4.0 innings for the win. He did allow three runs, including an inside-the-park home run off the bat of junior centerfielder John Gandolfo in the bottom of the first for the game's initial run. However, Team Green's bullpen of freshmen Zach Flowers and Tyler Zamjahn, along with Yandel who earned the game's save, combined for just one walk through 5.0 innings to give Wilson (1-0) the victory.
"Defensively, this was a fun game to watch, and I though we also had some good at-bats," said Tulane baseball head coach Rick Jones. "However, from a pitching standpoint, we didn't throw strikes like we have been throughout the fall. We had some guys in some different roles today, and that could have had something to do with it. But I expect us to be better in the strike zone."
Team Blue struggled a bit on the mound, with starter Jordan Gross walking three in 3.2 innings on the afternoon. Freshman reliever Andrew Culp walked one in 1.1 innings, while sophomore reliever Troy Ward walked three in 4.0 innings, getting the bulk of the work after Gross (0-1) was chased early.
Team Blue was not without offense on the day, however, as they managed two runs in the fourth on an RBI singles from freshmen Hunter Hope and Hunter Williams. In the bottom of the sixth, Gandolfo scored from third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Williams, cutting Team Green's lead to just two runs.
However, that would ultimately be the game's run differential, as Zamjahn and Yandel came on and allowed just one hit over the course of the game's final four innings, relatively shutting down any comeback attempt made by Team Blue.
"Free passes and errors are not going to get it done," said Team Blue manager Tyler Mapes, whose team flubbed two ground balls in the infield. "We need to come out and play clean baseball tomorrow. If we don't, we'll lose again. It's as simple as that."
Team Green, on the other hand, had three hitters who had multi-hit contests -Alemais, Rogers and outfielder Lex Kaplan who went 2-for-2 with two walks and a run - while running the bases well, as Alemais, Rogers and senior Max Goodman all swiped one bag apiece.
"We were just going to try and be aggressive today, steal some bags and get ahead early and keep the lead," said Team Green skipper Briggs Barrios. "We got off to a good start. Stephen and Jake set the pace for us in the first two holes, and we had some really good two-out at-bats."
In addition to Gandolfo's inside-the-park home run, the junior transfer also doubled for Team Blue's lone multi-hit player on the day. Hope, Williams, junior Garrett Deschamp and freshman Barry Buchowski all recorded hits for Team Blue.
Senior Andrew Garner went 1-for-5 with one run and a walk for Team Green.
The Fall World Series will resume tomorrow at 2pm CT, with pitchers Randy LeBlanc (Team Blue) and Emerson Gibbs (Team Green) taking the mound for their respective squads. Fans are welcome to watch the Fall World Series at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, free of charge.
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