Auburn, Ala.—With four runs in the top of the seventh inning, the orange team broke open a close game on the way to a 9-4 win in game one of the Fall World Series at Plainsman Park on Tuesday. Senior first baseman Garrett Cooper was 2-2 and reached base four times for the winning team, but it was two freshmen that broke the game open in the seventh.
Tied at four in the top of the sixth, freshman infielder Tyler Ebert singled to right field and stole second base with one out to get into scoring position for junior college transfer Terrance Dedrick. Pushing a ball to the right side, Dedrick moved Ebert over to third, but the scrappy freshman wasn’t satisfied. Never slowing down, Ebert scored all the way from second on the ground ball to put the orange team up 5-4.
That’s how things would stay until the top of the seventh. Facing junior college lefty and former Georgia Tech pitcher Connor Kendrick, Mitchell Self walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Tella. A walk to Cooper put runners on first and second for Cullen Wacker who hit a sharp ground ball to freshman first baseman Dylan Smith in the hole. Attempting to turn the double play, Smith’s throw sailed into left field to score Self and make it 6-4.
Following a Blake Austin fly ball for the second out of the inning, redshirt freshman catcher J.D. Crowe smashed one into right-center for a triple to score two runs and make it a four-run lead for the orange team. Continuing his strong play, Ebert followed with a triple of his own to score Crowe and make it 9-4. Dedrick closed out the win to put the orange team up 1-0 in the series.
Early on it was a pitcher’s duel as junior college transfer Michael O’Neal gave up a run in the first inning, but recovered with a pair of scoreless innings for the blue team. On the orange side freshman Trey Wingenter was just as effective, allowing just a single run through three innings as well while striking out five.
Tied at one in the fourth, the orange team broke things open against reliever Jay Wade with three runs on just two hits. The big blow was a two-run single by Self to score Ebert and freshman Jackson Burgreen from Athens.
That’s how things would stay until the bottom of the fifth when the blue team answered back against freshman reliever Matt Shultz from Oswego East High in Plainfield, Ill. Leading off the inning, sophomore infielder Tanner Cimo singled and Bobby Andrews followed with a single of his own to put a pair of runners on base.
Following a Dan Glevenyak sacrifice bunt, catcher Kody Ortman walked to load the bases for outfielder Patrick Savage. One of Auburn’s hottest hitters at the end of the 2012 season, Savage drilled a double to left field to score all three runners and tie the game. It wasn’t to be for the blue team however as the orange squad won going away.
Game two of the world series is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. on Friday at Plainsman Park.
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