Black Tops Gold, 1-0, to Even Black and Gold World Series

Oct. 31, 2013

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – Tremendous defense and timely situational hitting pushed Black past Gold in game 2 of the Black and Gold World Series Thursday afternoon at the UCF Baseball Complex.  A sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Kam Gellinger was all Black would need offensively as it came away with a 1-0 victory to even the series.

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With outs at a premium in the three-inning scrimmage, Gellinger also came up with a huge defensive play at the hot corner to potentially save a run. With runners on first and second and no one out in the top of second, Gold’s Dalton Duty attempted a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position. Gellinger, however, fielded it cleanly and was able to nail the lead runner at third base on a unique 5-6 putout. Black starter Robby Howell would escape the inning unscathed and eventually earn the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings of work.

“Even though it was only a three inning scrimmage, approach wise we didn’t change much,” winning manager Ryan Klosterman said. “A lot of pressure situations came up, both in situational hitting and on the defensive end. We know tomorrow’s going to be high-energy and competitive and we’re looking forward to it.”

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The best defensive play of the Black and Gold World Series thus far came off the left arm of junior outfielder JoMarcos Woods of the Black team in the top of the first. After fellow junior Erik Barber led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, junior infielder Dylan Moore ripped a single up the middle. Barber attempted to score from second and Woods got him by a step at the dish with a perfect one hop throw to catcher Kyle Perkins.

The two squads will battle for the Black and Gold World Series championship Friday at 6:30 p.m. when Gold coach Kyle Sprague tabs junior righty Joe Marotta to square off against junior lefty Eric Skoglund. In addition to the deciding game, there will be plenty of prizes, giveaways, music for the fans in attendance as well as the unveiling of the 2014 UCF Diamond Girls. Admission and parking are free for all.