CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi Baseball program continued action on Friday evening at Chapman Field, with the Blue Team taking a 10-5 win over the Green Team to clinch the title of the fall world series. The two teams will play on Saturday, with first pitch set for 11 a.m. in the final game of the event.
The Blue Team (2-0) got a strong outing from starting pitcher Trevor Foss, with the senior tossing 7.0 innings while giving up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and just two walks. Franco Pace absorbed the loss for the Green Team, going 3.1 innings and allowing six runs on six hits while walking four and striking out six batters.
Jonathan Gonzales and Russell Vaughan led the Blue Team with three hits apiece, while Jacob Hubert and Brandon Tierney added two each. Stafford Brantley had just one hit, but helped lead the way with two RBI on the night. Hubert, Tierney and Gonzales also had two in the game, while Brad Porras had one.
Clayton Davis was the only member of the Green Team with two hits, while Jakob Silva, Eric Weiss, Brad Lamberti, Zacarias Hardy and Nick Lerick had one apiece. Lee, Lamberti and Hardy also had one RBI each in the game.
The action started early, with the Blue Team taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. After two quick outs, Brandon Guilford drew a walk and moved up on a single by Vaughan. Hubert hit an RBI single to center for the first run of the game when Guilford coming in to score. The team added two more when Hubert and Vaughan came in to score on a Brandon Tierney single that made it 3-0.
The Green Team responded with a pair of runs in the top of the third to cut the deficit to just one. Lerick started the rally off with an infield single to third base and came all the way around to score when a Davis double moved him to third and an error on the right fielder allowed him to score.
Silva walked to put runners on first and second, and Cody Stephens moved the runners up on a sacrifice bunt. Lee followed with an RBI groundout to make it a 3-2 score.
The Blue Team added another run in the bottom half of the inning when Stafford Brantley reached on a hit-by-pitch, moved to second on a walk by David Tittle and moved to third as a walk to Guilford loaded the bases. The run scored on an unusual play as Pace struck out Vaughan, but a wild pitch allowed him to reach base as Brantley came in to score when the ball got away.
The Blue Team scored two runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and one run in the seventh to put the game out of reach. The Green team tried to rally, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth, but it would not be enough as the game finished with a 10-5 score.
Updates for the game on Saturday will once again be available by following assistant coach Chris Ramirez' Twitter (@CoachRamirez7), while complete stats and a recap of the game can be found on www.GoIslanders.com.
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