Junior shortstop Jack Reinheimer
Oct. 13, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior College transfer Zach Houchins laced a two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth inning scoring fellow classmate Joshua Lovick from second base to guide Gold to a 4-3 win over Purple in game three of the Purple-Gold World Series Friday afternoon at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the score knotted at three, junior Dylan Brown doubled down the right field line to start the sixth frame. Senior Jay Cannon, who was traded from the Purple squad to the Gold on Thursday, laid down a sac bunt back to the pitcher moving the potential go-ahead run in Brown over to third base.
Junior Chase McDonald followed with a one-out walk, putting runners on the corners for Sam King, who reached on a fielder's choice. King sent a bunt attempt to the right side of the mound, where freshman pitcher Nick Durazo corralled the ball and flipped underhand to freshman Luke Lowery nailing Brown at the plate for the second out. After junior Joshua Lovick came into pinch run for McDonald at second, Houchins picked up his lone hit of the afternoon sending a full-count shot through the left side platting Lovick for the game-winning run.
Senior Joseph Hughes (1-1) picked up the win allowing one hit and striking out two in 2.1 innings of relief work. Starter Jake Harris surrendered three runs (all earned) on six hits with two punch outs in 3.2 innings before giving way to the Gold bullpen. Sophomore Tyler Bolton tossed a scoreless seventh to record his first save of the series issuing a free pass and striking out one.
Durazo (0-1) suffered the loss for the Purple in relief allowing one run on two hits in three innings of work with two strikeouts and a walk. The freshman from Broadway, N.C. retired the first six batters he faced before allowing Brown's leadoff double in the top of the sixth. Redshirt junior Brett Mabry gave up three runs (one earned) in the start on one hit with a pair of walks and one strikeout in three innings.
Gold jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to a two-run homer by McDonald. Freshman Garrett Brooks led off the contest with a walk and took third when Brown reached on a fielding error by Joe Brooks at second base. Garrett Brooks scored the first run on a Mabry wild pitch that also moved Brown into scoring position during Cannon's at-bat. With one out, McDonald unleashed on a Mabry fast ball sending over the left center field wall for a 3-0 advantage.
Purple answered with a run in the bottom of the frame pulling within two, 3-1. Senior Philip Clark singled through the left side and took third on Drew Reynolds one-out base hit through the right side of the field setting up sophomore Nick Thompson's sac fly to right that scored Clark.
In the bottom of the fourth, Purple tied the game at three on RBI singles by Clark and junior Jack Reinheimer. Lowery singled up the middle with two outs, Joe Brooks followed with a walk and two batters later Clark sent a shot back up the middle pushing across Lowery and cutting the Gold lead to one. After a Gold pitching change, Reinheimer followed with another two-out single up the middle scoring Joe Brooks.
Clark, Lowery and Reynolds collected six of the seven Purple hits in the losing effort, while Garrett Brooks, Brown, McDonald and Houchins each had a hit for Gold.
Game four of the Purple-Gold World Series will be played Saturday, Oct. 13 approximately 45 minutes after East Carolina's football game against Memphis. The series will close out on Sunday, Oct. 14 with a first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. (ET).