After Blue used a walk-off single from Matt Reida for a 9-8 win in the series opener on Thursday afternoon, Black rallied on Friday afternoon for a 9-3 win, getting a seven-run inning in the fifth for the difference. In the finale on Sunday, Black got a four-run inning in the bottom of the sixth, including the game-winning RBI from Max Kuhn, to post a 6-5 win over Blue in the decisive tilt.
Overall in the series, Blue was led by a .545 average (6-for-11) from sophomore outfielder Kyle Barrett, a 2013 All-SEC Freshman Team selection. Dorian Hairston hit .571 (4-for-7) with two doubles, with Tyler Tipton batting .500 (4-for-8). Senior shortstop Matt Reida had a team-leading six RBI, batting .364 (4-for-11) with three doubles.
Black was paced in the series by All-America centerfielder Austin Cousino, who went 5-for-11 (.455) with a homer and three RBI, stealing two bases. Catcher Michael Thomas hit .444 (4-for-9) with three RBI and four walks, with Greg Fettes batting .400 (2-for-5) with a homer and three walks. Jacob Russell hit .364 (4-for-11) with a double and two RBI, with freshman Connor Heady owning a .333 average (3-for-9) with a homer and three RBI. Kuhn led the team with seven RBI, going 3-for-10 with a double.
Seven-Run Fifth Leads Black to Series-Evening Win
A seven-run inning in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the difference for the Black team in a 9-3 win over Blue, on Friday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Blue rallied for a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Black then mounted a seven-run rally in the bottom of the frame for the 9-3 win. Black started freshman righty Robert Zeigler, who worked four innings, allowing one run. Sophomore right-hander Taylor Martin worked an inning without allowing an earned run and Andrew Nelson notched the win with two shutout innings in relief.
Blue started freshman Zack Brown, with the righty working four innings and allowing two runs. Trey Bailey took the loss with seven runs allowed in his inning of work, with Spencer Jack firing a shutout inning.
Offensively, Blue was led by a two-run homer from sophomore A.J. Reed, who went 1-for-3 at the dish. Blue also got hits from Kyle Barrett, Tyler Tipton, Marcus Carson and Tyler Marshall, with Zach Arnold belting a double.
Black was paced at the plate by Austin Cousino, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a walk, stealing a base. Max Kuhn went 1-for-3 with two RBI, with the club also getting a two-walk game from Greg Fettes. Jacob Russell also went 2-for-4 with Micheal Thomas, Storm Wilson and Troy Squires each adding a RBI and a hit.
Kuhn's Game-Winning Hit Lifts Black to Fall World Series Win
Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the final inning, junior third baseman Max Kuhn smacked a two-run single to lift the Black squad to a 6-5 win over the Blue, clinching the three-game fall world series in the decisive third game, on Sunday afternoon at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
Blue opened the game with a run in the second, taking a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning after two-run frames in the fourth and fifth. Black got a run back in the fifth, before exploding for the game-winning four-run frame in the bottom of the sixth inning, punctuated by a two-run single from Kuhn.
Blue started junior A.J. Reed, who worked four innings, allowing one run and striking out four. Zach Strecker suffered the loss, allowing five runs in two innings.
Black started junior Chandler Shepherd, who worked five innings, allowing five runs, striking out two. Sophomore southpaw Ryne Combs worked a shutout inning, with sophomore right-hander Taylor Martin allowing just a single in a scoreless inning.
At the plate, Black got a 1-for-3, three-RBI game from Kuhn. Greg Fettes launched a homer as part of a 2-for-2 game with a walk. Austin Cousino went 1-for-2 with two walks and steal, with Micheal Thomas and Storm Wilson adding hits. Jacob Russell went 2-for-3 with a double.
Blue collected 10 hits, with Kyle Barrett, Dorian Hairston and Marcus Carson getting two hits each, with each player charting a double. Matt Reida, Bryce Bastien, Zach Arnold and Tyler Tipton each notched a hit.
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Information provided by Brent Ingram
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