The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team held the first game of its annual fall world series on Thursday afternoon with Team Green taking a 14-5 win over Team Black in the best-of-three series.
The green squad was led by pitcher Marc Damon as he did it from the mound and the plate, pitching five innings, giving up three earned runs and walking none while striking out seven to get the win. Damon also went 2-for-3 from the plate with a double and three RBIs.
"We came out and swung the bat really well today as a group," said head coach Scott Malone. "We got good swings, were aggressive and knocked the ball around the park."
Second baseman Weston Montgomery and first baseman Caleb Marks also made a big offensive push for Team Green. Montgomery had three hits and three RBIs while Marks also came up with three hits, including a triple, and three RBIs.
For Team Black, shortstop Cory Ege and centerfielder Matt Holland led the way with two hits each.
Team Green out hit the opposition by a 17-9 margin. Green also led the way in the field, committing just one error while Team Black had three in the game.
"My biggest concern is that the tempo wasn't great today," said Malone. "The pace felt slow but we have two more days left of the fall world series.
"We talked about coming out the next two days and having all 40 players come out with more energy and making plays."
The second game of the series starts at 2:05 PM on Friday afternoon at Chapman Field with Team Green looking to take the series and Team Black hoping to force a deciding Game Three.
"Hopefully we see a game tomorrow that is a little closer and down to the end," said Malone. "I would love to see a game that comes down to the final at bats of the day."