BLACK & GOLD WORLD SERES: RECAP GAME 1 & 2

Final Score: Team Gold 4, Team Black 2 (Game 1)
    Team Black 5, Team Gold 5 (Game 2)
Location: The Diamond (Richmond, Va.)
Records:  Team Gold 1-0-1, Team Black 0-1-1 

Box Scores: Game 1 / Game 2

The Short Story: The VCU Baseball team played the first two games of its annual five-game Black & Gold World Series this past Saturday and Sunday.  The games are an opportunity to showcase the squad in a series of seven inning contests.  The first game saw a win by Team Gold after a big three-run fourth inning home run by Brody Cook allowed them to take the lead and never look back.  Team Black had a four-run lead in game two going into the bottom of seventh, but failed to close out the game after Team Gold roared back to tie the game at five. 

LEADING OFF

  • Team Gold’s Luke Crabb earned the win in game one, striking out three and giving up two earned in four innings of work.
  • Darian Carpenter started off the rally for Team Gold in the fourth inning of game one, and finished the day batting 1-for-2 with one RBI and a run scored. He also put up a multi-hit effort in game two, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • Alex Gransback supplied Team Gold with a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI also in game two, while Logan Farrar powered Team Black with a two RBI day. 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

Game 1

  • Connor Gillispie started well for Team Black, striking out two in the first inning.
  • Team Black jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first after a single to right field by Zac Ching drove in Paul Witt to give Team Black a 1-0 lead.
  • After a quiet couple of innings, Carpenter started off the fourth inning rally for Team Gold with a single to right field.
  • Gransback was hit by a pitch and after Dylan Isquirdo flew out to center field. Brody Cook then hit the series’ first home run to left field, driving in three and giving Team Gold the 3-1 lead. 
  • Team Black would attempt to even things up in the bottom half of the fourth.  After a Farrar walk and a Ching single, Team Black was in a position to get back in the game. 
  • Farrar would score on a throw down to second on a steal by Ching to make the score 3-2 in favor of Team Gold.
  • After an insurance run brought in on a sacrifice fly to center by Darian Carpenter to score Steve Carpenter in the top of the fifth, Team Gold would go on to win game one by a score of 4-2. Freshman Hayden Moore grabbed the save in one inning of work in the seventh. 

Game 2

  • Team Gold carried its momentum from game one and struck first to go up 1-0 in the bottom of inning number one off an RBI single to right by Gransback that scored Darian Carpenter.
  • Team Black responded with two runs in the top of the second to take the lead 2-1.  With the bases loaded, Brett Willett walked to score one. Josh Simon then scored on a groundout to short by Austin Gregory.
  • The third and fourth innings were quiet with Brooks Vial striking out three batters over the two-inning span.
  • Team Black found its third run in the fifth after Gregory doubled to left field and was eventually driven in on a sacrifice fly by Farrar.  Team Black took a 3-1 lead.
  • The excitement started in the seventh with Team Black taking two runs in its half of the inning.  With the bases loaded, Logan Farrar drove in one off a sacrifice fly to right field. 
  • Paul Witt followed up with another sacrifice fly to put extend Team Black’s lead to 5-1.
  • Staring at unlikely odds, Team Gold would lead off the final half inning with Brody Cook reaching on an error by the third baseman.  Cook would score off a single by Nick Rabat, who would eventually score on a bases loaded ground out by Steve Carpenter to cut the lead to 5-3. 
  • Christian Maggi scored after Haiden Lamb reached on a throwing error, drawing Team Gold closer 5-4.  Team Gold would score its fifth and final run off a Darian Carpenter single up the middle to score Mitchel Lacey and tie the game 5-5. 

WHAT’S NEXT

The Black & Gold World Series game three is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. with game four following on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.  All games are scheduled to be played at The Diamond.  

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