Oct. 11, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gray scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to pick up a 3-2 win over Scarlet in the opener of the annual Scarlet & Gray World Series Friday evening at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
Gray earned the first opportunity of the game in the bottom of the second when Aaron Gretz reached on a leadoff singled and moved to second on a balk after Scarlet starter Zach Farmer struck out a pair of hitters. With a runner on second and two down, Curtiss Irving laced a line drive into the gap in left-center but Jalen Washington ranged far to his left to make a diving catch to keep Gray off the board.
Scarlet threatened again in the top of the fifth when Troy Montgomery doubled down the left-field line and Nick Sergakis reached on a bunt single to put runners on first and third with one out. With Porter up to bat, Joe Stoll came on in relief and struck out the Scarlet right fielder for the second out of the inning before walking Zach Ratcliff to load the bases. Ryan Leffel then walked to bring home Montgomery to push the lead to 2-0 before Stoll struck out Ryan Wonders looking to end the inning.
Farmer gave way to Tyler Giannonatti, who recorded the final out of the bottom of the fifth, after the freshman tossed 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Giannonatti got Craig Nennig to ground out to start the bottom of the sixth but allowed consecutive singles to Troy Kuhn and Ronnie Dawson before giving way to Michael Koltak. Koltak struck out Jacob Bosiokovic for the second out of the inning but Aaron Gretz lined a two-run double down the right-field line to tie it and Jake Brobst singled to center to score Gretz for the 3-2 Gray lead.
Trace Dempsey then came on to toss a perfect top of the seventh to record the save and give Gray the win in the opener.
Porter went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Scarlet while Brobst went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Gray. Greve allowed two earned runs while striking out a pair in 4.1 innings for a no-decision for Gray and freshman Yianni Pavlopoulos earned the win, tossing a perfect sixth inning.
The teams square off in Game 2 at 6 p.m. Saturday at Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.