Team Green scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to overcome a 5-3 deficit en route to a 6-5 victory in the decisive game of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Fall World Series at Chapman Field Saturday afternoon. Team Black had tied the series on Friday with an 11-2 win after dropping the opening game.
With Team Green down 5-3 in the eighth inning, pinch hitter Matt Rocha lined a triple driving in a pair of runs off Team Black closer Brett Carnline. Marc Damon pushed Team Green ahead with a single to drive in Rocha for the eventual winning run.
"Rocha did a nice job coming off the bench to get the two-run triple," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "Damon then followed with the game-winning hit. He has been consistent all fall at the plate."
After Adam Hoelscher tossed 2-1/3 innings of relief to keep Team Green ahead and earn the win, the duo of Andrew Longoria and Philip Garcia each tossed a scoreless inning of relief to seal the win.
"Seeing how well those guys threw was big," said Malone. "I think of things we've seen this fall is that we have a lot more depth in the bullpen than we have had in the past. For the first time since I've been here I feel like we have 10 or 11 guys we can count on, not just five or six."
For both sides, Malone was pleased with what he saw in the final game.
"I thought it was an excellent, well-played game," he said. "We produced in all three phases - pitching, hitting and defense. Each side had solid pitching, had clutch hits and played clean on defense. We played how I hope we can play this spring."