Oct. 16, 2011
Nashville, Tenn. -
The Gold Team finished off a three-game Black & Gold Series sweep Sunday afternoon with a 7-5 win over the Black Team at Hawkins Field.
The Black squad made it close scoring a run in the sixth and pushing two runs across in the bottom of the seventh to close the gap to two runs. With the bases loaded and two outs left-hander Keenan Kolinsky got Anthony Gomez to pop up to left field to end the game and finish off the Gold's three-game sweep.
The Gold Team once again jumped out to an early lead scoring three in three in the first and taking a 4-0 lead into the third inning before the Black squad put two runs on the board in the bottom of the third. Jack Lupo's two-run double, however, gave the Gold Team back its four-run advantage making it 6-2. The Black Team's comeback attempt started in the sixth inning with Gomez's RBI-single but Kolinsky wiggled off the hook with the bases loaded when Chris Harvey bounced into a fielder's choice. Connor Harrell's leadoff single to start the bottom of the seventh ignited the rally once again. After a Josh Lee double, Andrew Harris drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and D.J. Luna doubled in the second run. Kolinsky walked the next two batters before finally getting Gomez to end the game and the series.
Tony Kemp paced the Gold squad scoring three runs and going 2-for-3 from his leadoff spot. Vince Conde and Riley Reynolds each had two hits with Joel McKeithan driving in two runs. Chris Harvey led the Black Team's 12-hit attack with a game-high three hits. Josh Lee, D.J. Luna and Zander Wiel all had two hits in the loss.
Philip Pfeifer picked up the win working two scoreless innings for the Black Team with four strikeouts. Drew VerHagen made his fall debut working out of a jam after a leadoff double by Reynolds. Brian Miller continued his solid fall with two spotless innings of relief work.
The Commodores continue practice this week before hosting Cal State Fullerton next weekend in the DeMarini Fall Classic. The Dores and Titans will play Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. at Hawkins Field. For ticket information click here or call 615.322.GOLD.
In the fifth inning the outfield sprinklers came on in left field and delayed play momentarily. Volunteer Assistant Coach Larry Day, who is in charge of field maintenance at Hawkins Field, coached the Black Team over the weekend and his team rallied for three runs over the final two innings of the seven-inning scrimmage after the sprinklers came on. Coincidence?
Big day for the new guys
Several freshmen stood out in Sunday's game led by Chris Harvey's three-hit game. The catcher doubled in his first at-bat, singled in a run in his second at-bat and singled in his third appearance before grounding into a fielder's choice in his final at-bat. Zander Wiel also enjoyed a solid afternoon with two hits as did Vince Conde, who scored two runs and knocked in a run with a single in the second inning. On the mound, Philip Pfeifer was lights out in his two frames and Brian Miller was sharp in his two innings of relief.