CORPUS CHRISTI – In the final game of the Fall World Series for the Texas A&M – Corpus Christi baseball team, the Grey Team was able to avoid being swept with a 4-3 win in an 11-inning affair.
Junior Jacob Dorris, who lead the team in appearances (30) and saves (13) last season, recorded the lone win of the series for the Grey Team. He did give up a run on three hits in his first inning of work in the 10th, but was able to set the Blue Team down in order in the bottom of the 11th.
On the losing end of things for the Blue Team was AJ Longoria. The senior gave up the winning run in the top half of the 11th on three hits and a walk.
Things were not in the favor of the Grey Team throughout the entire day though. A leadoff single by Frankie Salas in the bottom of the second, followed by an RBI groundout after Salas got to third would give the Blue Team the first lead of the day. In the same inning, a two-out double by Lukas Hermanson would bring Nicholas Jenkins around to score to push Blue's lead to 2-0 through two.
It was not until the fifth inning that the Grey Team was able to push a run across. With the bases loaded Jacob Hubert remained patient at the dish and drew a walk to make it 2-1.
Both teams went quite for a few innings before the Grey Team would keep its hopes of winning a game in the series alive, as Zach Gibson would score on a throwing error to tie the game up in the top of the eighth.
With neither team able to score in the ninth, the Grey Team put itself in prime position to pick up the W in the 10th, as three consecutive two out hits made it a 3-2 ballgame with Grey just three outs away from a victory.
However, the Blue Team would not go down without a fight. With two outs and nobody on, a Cody Stephens single started the rally. Freshman Travis Geiser knocked a single to put Stephens on third before a wild pitch brought Stephens around to tie the game up.
In the 11th though, the Grey Team took a 4-3 in the top half of the inning and let Dorris take care of the rest.
Both starters picked up no decisions on the day, with Grey Team's Gavin Williamson giving up two runs on three hits, while Blue Team's Devin Skapura gave up three hits as well but only one run. Both pitchers were also able to record three strikeouts on the day.
The three-game series will mark the end of fall practice for the Islanders, as they will have a few months off before resuming practice on Jan. 24, 2014.
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