Marshall Wraps up Fall World Series|
Oct. 30, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall's Fall World Series concluded on Sunday with coach Jeff Waggoner's Black team winning the exhibition series 5-1 over assistant coach Andrew Blain's Green team. Black won both games five and six that were played on Sunday by the scores of 1-0 and 9-2.
With the games taking place the day before Halloween, many of the players got in the spirit on Sunday. Waggoner's black squad took infield and batting practice as if they were ready to go trick-or-treating. Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Thing 2, Wheaties box, Brian Wilson, Cat and the Hat and Spiderman were just a few of the costumes donned by the Herd.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Victor Gomez singled to left field to score who reached base with a single Robert Fajardo.
Hits were hard to come by as Black finished with just four, but its pitching held Green to just one hit delivered by Eric Semeniuk.
Black threatened again in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and one out. However, Andrew Dundon hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Green's best chance to get a run came in the sixth inning when it had runners at first and third with one out. However, Lance Elder got Alfredo Brito to pop out to the second basemen and then struck out Eric Escobedo to end the inning.
Aaron Blair started the game for Black and went 3.2 innings and gave up the only hit for Green. Elder picked up the win after pitching 2.1 shutout innings. Jesse Fernandez pitched a scoreless seventh inning and struck out one.
Having already won the series, Black showed its dominance yet again by defeating Green 9-2 in the sixth and final game of Marshall's Fall World Series.
Thor Meeks drove in four runs on the day half of which came on a two-run home run. Bradley Dundon led all players in hits going 3-for-5, driving in two and scoring three times.
Two Green errors allowed Thor Meeks to come to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. The Herd catcher grounded out to the first basemen to score Andrew Dundon from third.
Dundon drove in a run of his own in the second inning with an RBI double down the left field line. Dundon then scored his second run of the game after a Mikey Jimenez error at shortstop. With Stafford on base, Meeks hit a two-run home run over the left field wall to give Black a 5-0 lead after two innings.
Green got on the board in the third inning with a sacrifice fly by Jimenez to score Felix Marte. Black led 5-1 after three innings.
Trip Faulk drove in Gray Stafford with a double off the right-centerfield wall in the top of the fourth inning to extend the lead to 6-1.
Eric Escobedo drove in a run in the sixth inning for Green to make the score 6-2.
Black tacked on three more runs in the top of the seventh and Joe Church pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh to secure the 9-2 win.
Jared Knoll pitched the first four innings and gave up one run on two hits to get the win. Brett Mays took the loss giving up six runs, two earned, through four innings of work.
Marshall begins the 2012 season on Feb. 17 at NC State.