MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009
Gold squad takes Fall World Series, 2-1
Senior Alex Martinez and his Gold squad took the annual Fall World Series, 2-1.
Senior Alex Martinez and his Gold squad took the annual Fall World Series, 2-1.
In a dramatic affair that gave fans a preview of what’s to come next spring, the Gold squad captured the 21st annual Green & Gold Fall World Series, 2-1, last weekend at John Sessions Stadium.

Senior first baseman Alex Martinez and the Gold squad rallied in an extra inning affair in Game One (8-5) before senior second baseman Chuck Opachich and the Green squad won a pitching duel in Game Two (4-2). The series finale turned out to be a slugfest for the Gold as the squad pounded out 16 hits en route to a 10-1 clincher.

GAME ONE

The Gold squad jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when senior Derek Abis hit an RBI single with two outs. Junior Jamaal Hawkins reached on an error to third before stealing second base and scoring on Abis’ two-out hit.

The Green took a 4-1 lead in the third when sophomore Kevin Lehane and junior Chris Connelly each hit an RBI single and junior Cole Rhoden tallied a two-run single. Opachich led off the inning with a triple and stole second before sophomore Jimmy Howick drew a walk. Lehane would follow with a single to score Opachich and Conelly drove in Howick with a one-out hit. Rhoden follow with a bases clearing single to end the scoring in the inning.

The Green made it 5-1 in the fourth when Connelly hit an RBI with two outs to score Howick, who had led off the inning with a single.

The Gold cut the margin to 5-4 in the sixth when freshman Jimmy Appleby hit an RBI double, Hawkins tallied an RBI single and freshman Dan Gulbransen hit an RBI single. With two outs, senior Esterlin Perozo reached on an error to short and then moved to third on two consecutive wild pitches. Appleby followed with a double before crossing the plate quickly on a single by Hawkins. After Abis drew a walk, Gulbransen hit a single to drive in Hawkins.

The Gold evened the contest, 5-5, in the seventh when freshman Adam Brett Walker hit a solo home run to center field with one out.

The Gold squad would take an 8-5 lead in the ninth when Appleby and Hawkins tallied RBI singles and Gulbransen hit a sacrifice fly. Martinez led off the inning with a walk before advancing to second on a single by Walker. With one out and runners on first and second, Appleby hit an RBI single to drive in Walker. Hawkins followed with a single to drive in Perozo and then Abis drew a walk to load the bases. Gulbransen would end the scoring in the inning with a deep drive to center to score Appleby.

Sophomore Baker Chapman got the win for the Gold squad after hurling 3.5 innings of scoreless relief. Junior Chris Kaminski got the save by hurling a scoreless ninth.

Junior Matt Loosen got the no-decision for the Green squad despite allowing only one unearned run on one hit with six strikeouts in five innings of work.

Appleby led the Gold team by going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI while Hawkins and Gulbransen each tallied two RBI. Walker also finished with multiple hits in the contest.

Connelly, Lehane and Rhoden each finished with multiple hits to lead the Green squad.

GAME TWO

The Green squad jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when sophomore Kevin Lehane hit a solo home run.

The Gold team even things up, 1-1, in the second when Hawkins hit an RBI double with two outs. With two outs, Appleby hit a single before Hawkins cleared the bases.

The Green squad took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Opachich hit an RBI single with one out. Junior Glen Johnson led off the inning with a single and then advanced to second on a base hit by freshman Matthew Gaine. With one out, Opachich drove in Johnson from second with a base hit.

The Gold team evened things up again, 2-2, in the seventh when Appleby hit a sacrifice fly. Walker led off the inning with a double before advancing to third on a wild pitch. After a walk to Perozo, Appleby hit a deep fly to left to score Walker.

The Green took the lead for good in the eighth when freshman Tyler Hooten hit an RBI single and Opachich drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Sophomore Jonathan Murphy led off the inning with a double before Johnson was intentionally walked. With one out, Hooten drove in Murphy with a single and Johnson advanced to third. In the next at-bat, Opachich hit a drive to right to plate Johnson.

Freshman Chris Patrick earned the win for the Green squad after allowing one run on one hit in one inning of relief. Gaine got the save after hurling a shut out inning of relief. Junior Matt Tomshaw got the no-decision despite allowing only one run on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work.

Senior Glenn Witkowski got a no-decision for the Gold team despite allowing only two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

Opachich and Rhoden each finished with multiple hits for the Green squad.

GAME THREE

The Gold squad took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning when Martinez hit a two-run homer. With one out, junior Alex Swenson drew a walk before Martinez followed with a bomb to clear the bases.

The Gold increased the lead to 4-0 in the second when Abis hit an RBI double and Gulbransen tallied an RBI triple. Appleby led off the inning with a single before Abis drove him in with a double. Gulbransen followed with a triple to clear the bases.

The Gold made it 5-0 in the fourth when Swenson hit an RBI single after Hawkins led off the inning with a double.

The Gold would add five more runs in the seventh when Abis hit an RBI double, Gulbrasen hit an RBI single and Hawkins hit a two-run single.

The Green team got on the board in the seventh when Johnson hit a solo home run with one out.

Kaminski got the win for the Gold squad after allowing only two hits and striking out four in five shutout innings.

Gulbransen led the Gold squad by finishing 3-for-4 with two RBI while Abis went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Appleby, Walker and Hawkins each tallied multiple hits while Martinez also tallied two RBI.

JU will return to action with its season opener at John Sessions Stadium on Feb. 19-21 against UNC-Wilmington.