October 8, 2011

Marek's Walk-Off Single Lifts White to 7-6 Victory in Game Two

CORPUS CHRISTI – Jeramie Marek's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped the White's comeback in a 7-6 walkoff victory over Navy in game two of the Navy/White Fall World Series on Saturday at Chapman Field. The two teams will play the third and deciding game of the Series on Sunday at noon.

The White's rally started with two down in the bottom of the ninth, as Eric Weiss drew a walk to put the winning run on base. The junior promptly swiped second to advance to scoring position, and Marek built a 2-1 count. The senior finished it off by ripping a single through the left side to send Weiss home with the winning run.

In the bottom of the eighth, White tied the game with a pair of runs to make it 6-6. A Bobby Buckner walk and a Weston Montgomery single put runners on the corners with nobody out. An RBI groundout plated Buckner, and then a run-scoring single by Jonathan Gonzalez through the left side made it a tie game to set up Marek's heroics.

Earlier, Navy jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, as Drew Vest hit a leadoff triple and came home on a Dan Sciantarelli RBI single. Brad Porras brought home the second run with an RBI groundout later in the frame. 

But the White squad battled back, with Marek doing most of the work with his legs. He drew a leadoff walk, then stole second and third, coming home on a Montgomery sac fly to make it 2-1.

But Navy extended its lead with a three-spot in the top of the third. After Vest reached on an error, a Sciantarelli bunt single put two on and nobody out. Two batters later, Marc Damon plated a run on a sac fly to center, and Porras came through with a clutch hit, tripling to center to make it a 4-1 game. Omar Garcia followed with a single for the fifth run of the contest and a four-run lead. 

The White squad was able to chip away at the advantage with single runs in the third, fourth and sixth, twice using sac flies to put solo tallies on the board.

Navy added another run in the top of the seventh on the wildest play of the contest. Luke Neely led off the frame with a double, bringing Vest to the plate. The senior dropped down a bunt to third base, but the throw went wild, scoring Neely and sending Vest scampering for third. As the White squad tried to gun down Vest at third, that throw also got away, and Vest headed for the plate. The throw to catcher got there just in front of Vest, and he was called out on a heavy collision at the dish.

Logan Nottebrok picked up the win in relief for the White squad, pitching a scoreless inning in the top of the ninth. Game three of the Fall World Series is set for Sunday at noon at Chapman Field.