McDonald's Home Run Paces Purple To 6-5 Win

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Sophomore Chase McDonald

Oct. 12, 2011

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -Chase McDonald's three-run home run helped the Purple team to a 6-5 win in six innings Wednesday afternoon in Game 4 of the Purple-Gold World Series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

In the bottom of the first inning McDonald, who was 1-for-3 in the game, sent an 0-1 offering from Jeff Hoffman to left center giving Purple an early 3-0 advantage. With one out in the frame, Ben Fultz single to left center and John Wooten followed with a single to right setting up McDonald's first round-tripper of the fall.

Freshman Deshorn Lake (1-0) picked up the win despite allowing five runs (all earned) on seven hits with four walks over three innings of work. Hoffman (0-1) suffered the loss surrendering six runs (five earned) on six hits with one punch out in three innings.

Gold answered with a run in the top of the second cutting the lead to two, 3-1. Austin Blake singled through the right side with one out and Patrick Roy followed with another seeing-eye single to right before Philip Clark laced a RBI triple down the right field line.

Bryan Bass led off the bottom of the second with a triple down the right field line for the Purple and scored when Drew Reynolds hit into a double play, extending the lead back to three, 4-1.

Freshman Nick Thompson's grand slam in the top of the third frame gave Gold's its only lead of the contest at 5-4. Corey Thompson single to right and stole second after Jay Cannon flied out to right field. Zach Wright was intentionally walked and both runners moved up to second on Lake's balk. Chris Gosik followed with the second walk of the frame to load the bases for Nick Thompson, who crushed a 1-0 offering to right center for just his second hit of the series.

But Purple would answer with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the stanza, regaining the lead at 6-5. Fultz and Wooten registered back-to-back singles and McDonald reached on a fielding error by Cannon at shortstop that scored Fultz and put runners on the corner. Kevin Sanders followed with a sac fly RBI to center plating Wooten for the would-be game winning run.

From the fourth inning on, the relievers were the talk of the game as Austin Chrismon (Purple), Reynolds (Purple) and Stephen Hales (Gold) combined to toss five scoreless frames allowing five hits and five punch outs. Reynolds picked up the save allowing a walk and recording a strikeout in the top of the sixth to give Purple its first win of the series.

Following the six-inning scrimmage, the Pirates went through a three inning simulated contest that resulted in a 3-2 walk-off win for the Gold in four frames. With the game starting in the seventh frame and the score knotted at zero, Purple took a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh. Sam King touched home for the first run when he scored on a fielding error by Tim Younger. King was hit by a pitch with one out and took second on Reynolds single back up the middle before coming home during Jack Reinheimer's at-bat. Fultz loaded the base when he was hit by a pitch and Reynolds capped the scoring when he crossed the plate on a Wooten's grounder that resulted in a 6-3-2 double play where Reinheimer was out at home.

Gold tied the game at two in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a RBI single by Roy and a fielding error by Reynolds at the hot corner. Gosik doubled down to right center with one out and Nick Thompson followed with a walk before Blake reached on a Bass error, loading the bases for Roy who singled up the middle plating Gosik. With Blake on second and Nick Thompson on third, Clark reached on the second error of the stanza scoring Nick Thompson.

Gosik's sac fly to center in the bottom of the 10th gave the Gold a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Cannon led off with a single to left and Wright followed a double setting up the walk-off win.

Dylan Dickens allowed two unearned runs in one inning for the Gold, while David Lucroy (1 IP) and Lance Honeycutt (2 IP) slammed the door out of the pen allowing just one base runner. Ryan Gupton allowed one hit, walked three and fanned one in two scoreless innings for the Purple, while D.J. Jauss was touched for three runs (one earned) on four hits in 1.1 frames.

The Pirates will be back on the diamond Thursday afternoon when they play the final game of the series, a nine-inning affair, starting at 4 p.m. (ET).