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Purple Pounds Out 12 Hits In 10-3 Win Over Gold

Go Tigers! Sophomore Jack Reinheimer
Go Tigers!
Sophomore Jack Reinheimer
Go Tigers!

Oct. 13, 2011

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Chase McDonald drove in a game-high three runs and Jack Reinheimer collected three hits and drove in a pair helping Purple to a 10-3 win over Gold Thursday afternoon in Game 5 of the Purple-Gold Series at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium. Despite the loss, Gold takes the series with a 3-2 record and Purple improves to 2-3.

In a rain-shortened five-inning game, Purple jumped out to a commanding 5-1 lead through three frames and never looked back. McDonald's RBI ground out in the top of the first pushed across the first run of the day. Reinheimer, who was 3-for-3, singled through the right side on the first pitch of the game and took second on John Wooten's one-out walk. Both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch and Reinheimer crossed home during McDonald's at-bat.

Tyler Joyner (1-1) picked up the win allowing one run on four hits in two innings of work. Redshirt freshman Dario Santangelo was impressive on the bump in relief retiring all six batters he faced with three strikeouts. Joseph Hughes tossed one inning allowing two runs on one hit with a pair of walks and one punch out.

Kevin Brandt (1-1) suffered the loss surrendering three runs (all earned) on four hits in two innings. Junior Jharel Cotton gave up a pair of runs on two hits in one inning of relief, while John Allen was touched for five runs (three earned) on six hits in two frames. Junior Andy Smithmyer recorded one out before the game was stopped due to lightning in the area.

Gold answered Purple with a run in the bottom half of the frame knotting the game at one. Philip Clark legged out his second triple of the series to start the stanza and came home on Corey Thompson's infield single to short.

Over the next four innings, Purple extended their lead to 10-1, scoring a pair of runs in the second, third and fifth frames and three in the fourth. Bryan Bass scored when Drew Reynolds reached on a fielder's choice and Reinheimer drove in his second run with a single to right scoring Reynolds from second base. Sam King's two-RBI single in the third continued Purple's offensive explosion pushing across Kevin Sanders and McDonald.

McDonald two-RBI single to center highlighted Purple's fourth inning. Once again Reinheimer led off with a base hit sending first pitch offering off of lefty John Allen to center for an opening frame double. Ben Fultz, who batted a series-best .467 (7-for-15), followed with a single to left platting Reinheimer. Wooten continued the hit fest with a single to right and advanced to second on a throwing error putting runners at second and third for McDonald, who cleared the bases with his seventh hit of the series.

In the fifth inning, Purple played a little small ball pushing across a pair of runs to cap their scoring on the day at 10. Holt doubled to right, moved to third on a ground out and came home on Reinheimer's sac fly to center. Fultz followed with a single up the middle and stole second and third base during Wooten's at-bat before touching home on a passed ball.

Gold finally got back on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the fifth pushing across two runs on a pair of Hughes' wild pitches putting the score at 10-3. Nick Thompson singled to left to start the bottom half of the frame and ended up on third on pair of passed balls. After drawing a two-out walk, Clark took second and Thompson scored on a wild pitch. Tim Younger followed with Gold's second walk of the inning and Clark touched home on the second wild pitch of the frame.

The Pirates will open the 2012 season at home when they play host to UW Milwaukee on Friday, Feb. 17 with a first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. (EST).