Jones Leads Team Pack To Victory In Series Game Two, 8-4
RALEIGH, N.C. There were no ties this time. Team Pack took the lead with runs in an ugly fourth inning, then put the game away when Marcus Jones and Jeremy Synan homered in a three-run sixth inning. Two meaningless runs in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Team Pack an easy 8-4 victory in the second game of NC State’s fall intrasquad world series.
Jones had a big day with three hits, including a double and a home run, drove in three runs and stole a base. Dallas Poulk had a pair of doubles, scored a run and drove in a run. Kyle Prewitt and Matt Payne had a pair of hits apiece. Freshman righthander Jake Buchanan started and got the win after allowing just one earned run on four hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out three. Joey Cutler worked the final three innings to record the save. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Ryan Pond was the hitting star for Team Wolf, collecting three hits in as many at-bats to go along with an intentional walk. Sean Morrison drove in two runs with a single in three at-bats, and Tommy Foschi had a pair of hits. Lefthander Alex Sogard started and took the loss. He allowed three runs, two of them earned, on six hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Team Pack used some good fortune to score the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning. Prewitt’s one-out bouncer in front of the mound hit a divot in the turf and took a kangaroo hop over the mound. That turned a routine come-backer to Sogard into a tough catch-and-throw-on-the-run play for Foschi at shortstop. His hurried throw was wide of the bag. Prewitt came away with an infield single on the play, and then scored from first on Devon Cartwright’s two-out double off the wall in left-center field.
Team Wolf came right back in the top of the third. Joe Florio worked Buchanan for a walk, and Foschi yanked a double down the left-field line. Florio, running with the pitch, scored easily from first to tie the game at 1-1. Nick Stanley grounded to second base to advance Foschi to third base with one out. Buchanan recovered quickly. He intentionally walked Pond to put runners on the corners, then got Morrison to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Team Wolf took the lead at 2-1 in the top of the fourth. Mike Gatlin led off with a walk. Moore beat out a bunt for an infield single, and both runners advanced a base when Buchanan’s throw to first was wide of the bag. Bill Edwards got the run home with a fly ball to center field. Buchanan struck out Ramon Rubio and got Florio to ground out, ending the threat with just the one unearned run scoring.
Prewitt led off the bottom of the fourth for Team Pack with an infield single, and with Nate Cockman at the plate, Prewitt stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Cockman took a walk to put runners on the corners with none out. Cockman took saecond and Prewitt scored the tying run when the first pitch to Cartwright skipped to the backstop for a wild pitch. Cartwright grounded to shortstop, but Foschi’s throw to first was wide for an error. Cockman had to hold at second on the play, but all hands were safe when Sogard couldn’t pick up Dallas Poulk’s sacrifice attempt. The error loaded the bases, but Sogard got Jones to bounce into a double play. That scored Cockman with the go-ahead run, but also took the starch out of the rally. Sogard retired Synan on a slow roller to second base to end the inning.
Team Pack opened the game up in the bottom of the sixth. Cartwright led off with a bunt to the right of the mound. Kensmoe fielded the ball in time to make a play at first but threw the ball hight for an error. Poulk flied out to center field, but Jones and Synan belted home runs to center field, giving Team Pack a 6-2 lead.
Stanley got Team Wolf off to a good start in the top of the seventh, driving a 3-2 pitch through the right side of the infield for a leadoff single. Pond laid down a bunt to the left side of the mound and beat it out for an infield single, and both runners moved up a base when Cutler’s throw to first went past Ferguson for an error. Morrison made it 6-4 with a two-run single to right. Mike Gatlin bunted Morrison to second, but Cutler retired Moore and Edwards on strikes to end the inning.
Team Pack added two superfluous runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out walk to Cartwright and doubles to center field by Poulk and Jones.