Junior Philip Clark
Oct. 5, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Jharel Cotton (1-0) struck out a game-high five batters and scattered six hits over four shutout innings helping the Gold (2-0) team to a 10-5 win over Purple (0-2) Wednesday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium in game two of the 2011 Purple-Gold World Series.
In a wild game that saw both teams combine for 22 hits in eight innings, seven players recorded multiple hits on the day. Juniors Bryan Bass, Sam King and John Wooten were all 2-for-3, while Jay Cannon and Chase McDonald posted a 2-for-4 day. The sophomore duo of Jack Reinheimer and Drew Reynolds both added an RBI to go with their two base knocks.
Junior Tyler Joyner toed the rubber for the Purple and retired the first six batters he faced until surrendering a leadoff walk in the third to Nick Thompson on four pitches. Austin Blake and Patrick Roy reached on consecutive errors to load the bases for Philip Clark, who laced a single through the right side giving Gold an early 2-0 lead. Meanwhile, Cotton continued to put up zeroes for the Gold through four frames, despite allowing six hits and issuing three walks.
Timothy Younger's double to right center extended Gold's lead to 3-0 in the fifth scoring Roy, who led off with a single to left center.
The sixth inning wasn't to kind as both teams scored a combined nine runs using eight hits and four errors. Freshman David Lucroy (Gold) was touched for five runs, three earned, while fellow classmate DeShorn Lake (Purple) allowed four.
The top of the stanza was highlighted by Blake's two-RBI single and Younger's sac fly RBI for the Gold and in the bottom of the frame, Fultz, Reinheimer, Reynolds and Sanders each collected RBI singles finally getting Purple on the board and cutting the lead to three, 8-5.
Gold would plate a run in the seventh on one of seven errors for the Purple and tacked on two more in the eighth on an RBI single by Wright and a bases loaded walk by N. Thompson.
The World Series will continue on Thursday, Oct. 6 with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. (ET).