Black tops Gold 13-4 in game three

Oct. 18, 2009

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sophomore Joe Loftus hit a three-run shot over the green monster in left field to break open the gates for the Black team and Sonny Gray threw five innings of one-hit ball as the Black team topped the Gold team 13-4 in the third game of the Black and Gold series Sunday afternoon at Hawkins Field. The Gold team now leads the series 2-1 through the first three games of the annual fall series.

“As a coach you like to see these games as even as possible but the game is going to be lopsided when one team issues 12 free passes,” Head Coach Tim Corbin said. “The Black team hit the ball pretty well today and they took advantage of some younger guys who are seeing their first action at this level.”

After dropping the first two games of the series, the Black team took advantage of 12 walks from the Gold pitching staff and got three hits and four RBI from Loftus while Aaron Westlake, Jason Esposito and Drew Fann added two hits a piece.

Connor Harrell and Jordan Wormsley led the Gold team with two hits while Jack Armstrong, Anthony Gomez, Matt Marquis and Wormsley drove in one run.

The Black team scored the game’s first run when Riley Reynolds drove in Loftus from third base on a ground out to second base. The run was the first of three for Loftus in the game.

Fann added to the Black’s 1-0 lead in the top of fourth when he drove a one-out pitch from Gold starter Navery Moore to the right centerfield gap, plating Reynolds and Loftus and making the score 3-0.

Two innings later the game, the Black team plated 10 more runs in the top of the fifth inning, making the score 13-0. The Black squad extended its lead to 6-0 when Loftus drilled a one-out, three-run home run over the green monster off lefthander Kennan Kolinsky.

Following a Regan Flaherty ground out, the Black team went on to score seven runs with two-outs in the top of the fifth. The Black team got four consecutive RBI-singles from Esposito, Brian Harris, Westlake and Loftus during the 10-run fifth.

The Gold team got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth when Harrell and Gomez scored on singles from Wormsley and Marquis.

VU Gold plated two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Armstrong and Gomez recorded RBI singles off freshman, southpaw Nathan Dorris.

The Gold’s Moore allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits while walking six in 3.1 innings of work, while the Black’s Gray picked up his first win of the series after limiting the Gold bats to just one hit over five innings of work. The Smryna, Tenn., struck out three while walking none in five innings of work. After struggling with his command in the Black and Gold series opener on Thursday, the All-American flamethrower needed only 43 pitches (36 strikes) on Sunday.

“I spent the last couple of days working with Derek Johnson and we really focused on throwing strikes and not over throwing,” Sonny Gray said. “I thought I did a much better job of throwing the ball in the zone and the defense behind me made some great plays. We got off to a hot start today at the plate and we kept it going through most of the game.”

“I liked that he threw the bottom of the fifth like the score was 0-0 instead of 13-0,” Corbin said. “He had a rough night the other night but I didn’t expect anything less of him today and he responded with a great outing.”
The fourth game of the Black and Gold series will get underway Monday at 8 p.m. under the lights at Hawkins Field.



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