Black Uses Late-Inning Rally to Tie Series 1-1

Oct. 26, 2013

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RUSTON, La. - The Black team rallied for six runs in the sixth inning to take the second game of the Fall World Series over the Gray team, 6-3, and tie the series at 1-1 Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

With a seven inning game scheduled, Gray took a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning before the Black team exploded offensively for six runs in the top of the inning for a five-run lead with 1.3 innings remaining in the game.

Black played power ball in the inning as the team capitalized on two consecutive doubles by Conner Tobias and Taylor Nichols, followed by a two-run home run by Tyler Ervine to extend the lead 4-1. Black went on to score two more runs in the inning on a pair of walks and a throwing error.

Gray's attempted comeback fell just short in the bottom half of the sixth despite RBI singles by Jordan Taylor and Bo Parker to cut Black's lead to 6-3 going into the last inning of play.

On the mound for Black, Galbraith pitched 4.2 innings and allowed just three hits and an unearned run, while striking out three. Ben Carlisle came on in relief for Black and pitched the final 2.1 innings, while giving up two runs off four hits to close out the win.

For Gray, Luke Giddens pitched a full five innings and held the Black team scoreless and allowed just two hits. Austin Greer and Braden Bristo each pitched in the sixth inning without recording an out, as Hunter Layne pitched the final two innings for Gray.

Taylor Nichols led offensively and was 3-for-4 at the plate for Black with two doubles, an RBI and run scored. Colby Johnson, Jacob Derouen and Tobias each had one hit apiece, while Ervine was 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run.

Austin Ward came on to pinch hit and led Gray at the plate with a perfect 2-for-2 day, while Taylor and Parker each had one hit and an RBI. Stephen Gandy, Tyler Qualls and B.J. Findley each had one hit apiece.

The series is now tied 1-1 with Game 3 scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.

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