Junior Ben Fultz
Oct. 2, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Ben Fultz laced a game-winning two-RBI single in the third inning and Junior College transfer Ryan Williams worked four strong innings to lead Purple to a 6-2 win over Gold in the first game of the five-game Purple-Gold World Series Tuesday night at Lewis Field inside Clark LeClair Stadium.
Leading 1-0 in the third inning, Purple pushed across four runs on four hits and an error to extend its lead to 5-0. Sophomore Jack Reinheimer reached on a one-out error by junior Zach Houchins and moved around the bases on back-to-back singles from senior Jay Cannon and junior Drew Reynolds, before scoring when sophomore Nick Thompson reached on a fielder's choice. Fultz stepped to the plate with runners on the corners and two outs sending a shot to right field scoring both Cannon and Thompson before taking second on the throw to the plate.
Freshman Luke Lowery continued the stanza drawing a walk and fellow classmate Travis Watkins delivered an RBI single to left center pushing across Fultz for a 5-0 advantage.
Williams (1-0) picked up the win for the Purple after allowing a pair of runs on six hits in four innings. Redshirt junior Brett Mabry tossed two scoreless frames of relief surrendering a pair of hits, while Reynolds closed the game with a scoreless seventh.
Senior Joseph Hughes (0-1) suffered the loss allowing five runs (all earned) on five hits with three walks in three innings. Classmate Jake Harris gave up one run on four hits with three strikeouts in three frames.
Purple took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom half of the first when Reynolds singled home senior Philip Clark from second base on shot to right field, before he was thrown out trying to stretch the base knock into a double.
Gold finally got on the board in the top of the fourth pulling within three, 5-2. Senior Sam King reached on a one-out single through the left side and junior Kevin Sanders was hit by a Williams pitch before moving up 90 feet on a wild pitch. Junior Chase McDonald cleared the bases with a RBI single down the left field line.
Clark capped the scoring at 6-2 on the night when he turned on a Harris inside fastball taking it down the right field line off the foul pole.
Junior college transfer Dylan Brown led all Pirates with three base hits, while Garrett Brooks, Joe Brooks and Reynolds each added a pair.
Game two of the series will be held Thursday, Oct. 4 with a 3:15 p.m. scheduled start.