White Team Stays Alive with 8-2 Victory
Updated Oct 31, 2007 22:39:33
RUSTON, La. – A pair of three-run home runs by freshmen Jamelle Clements and Cameron Dullnig led the White team to a 8-2 win in Wednesday’s Game 4 of the annual Fall World Series, staving off elimination for at least one night. The Blue team still holds a 3-1 series advantage heading into Game 5 on Friday.
“This makes it a little more interesting,” Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. “I was glad to see good pitching from the White team, and those home runs from Clements and Dullnig show the talent of our freshman class. We made a few too many errors tonight, so we need to focus on defense the rest of the series.”
Clements and Dullnig combined for five of the White’s eight hits on the night as Dullnig was 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs and Clements was 2-for-4 with three batted in. Justin Gordey had two base knocks for the Blue squad, which was held to a series-low six hits.
Landon Braud pitched five innings of shutout ball and picked up the win for White, allowing three hits and striking out three while walking none. Mike Jefferson and Aaron Lorio pitched a pair of innings apiece. Cody Watts took the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) while walking two and striking out six.
Following an second-inning error by the pitcher and a bunt single from Dullnig, Clements sent a Watts offering over the right field wall to give the White squad an early 3-0 lead. That advantage would increase to 5-0 after a Dullnig double in the fifth drove in Drew Thomas from second, and a Josh Beckham sacrifice fly scored Clements from third.
The Blue squad would not go away quietly, however. A solo home run to straightaway center field by Justin Gordey got Blue on the board, and a double by Alex Richard scored Zach Fowler to pull the Blue team to within 5-2.
But Dullnig’s mammoth three-run, two-out, seventh-inning blast that cleared the right-field scoreboard put the game out of reach at 8-2. Chris Juneau and Patrick Thomas, who were both walked, scored on the home run.
The White team will look to hold off the Blue squad for another night as the teams return to action Friday for Game 5, with first pitch slated for 6 p.m. Regardless of the outcome, all seven games of the series will be played. Saturday’s game is set for a 3 p.m. start, while Game 7 on Sunday will begin at 1 p.m.