Oct. 30, 2012
RUSTON, La. - The annual Louisiana Tech baseball Fall World Series continued Tuesday night as the Black team knocked off the Gray team 4-3 in extra innings for the team's first win of the series after rallying from 3-1 down early in the game.
Trailing 3-1 after six innings of play, the Black team rallied with two outs to score two runs in the seventh off 2 RBI-double by Kody Neel to tie the game at three. The game would remain scoreless until the top of the 10th inning when Neel would once again come through for the Black team.
Neel reached first base on an error before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Ervine. Two more singles by Jacob Derouen and Colby Johnson brought in Neel for what would eventually be the winning run.
Omar Ugarte started on the mound for the Black team, pitching four innings and three runs allowed, with four strikeouts. Ugarte was relieved by Luke Giddens, who pitched two innings before Tucker Ward came in for the final four innings to close out the game and receive the win for the Black team. Ward allowed just one hit and no runs, while striking out two in four innings of work.
Kody Neel, Jacob Derouen and Ryan Jones all recorded multi-hit games for the Black team with Derouen and Jones both totaling three hits apiece. Altogether, the Black team had 11 total hits in the win.
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