Gold Team Holds Off Blue Team In Game 5 To Win Kent State Baseball's World Series
KENT, Ohio -- Sophomore infielder Derek Toadvine (Springfield, Ohio) went 2-for-3 with three runs and junior right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Bores (Strongsville, Ohio) fanned two in 2.1 innings of work to earn the mound triumph as the Gold Team clinched Kent State baseball's World Series crown with a 6-5 victory over the Blue Team in game five Monday (Oct. 17) at Olga A. Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium.
The Blue Team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Senior outfielder Joe Koch (Youngstown, Ohio) singled, stole second, moved up to third on a base hit by senior infielder Jimmy Rider (Venetia, Pa.) and scored on a single by senior catcher David Lyon (Emporium, Pa.). Redshirt junior Nick Hamilton (Avon Lake, Ohio) plated Rider with a base hit.
The Gold fired back with four runs in the second, taking advantage of freshman infielder Sawyer Polen (Wooster, Ohio) and redshirt sophomore catcher Troy Summers (Minerva, Ohio) coaxing back-to-back walks and an RBI base hit by freshman infielder Jason Revesz (Grove City, Pa.).
The Blue shaved the Gold's lead to one run when redshirt sophomore Cody Koch (Sandusky, Ohio) singled and scored.
The Gold upped their advantage to three with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Toadvine cracked a leadoff single and socred when the squad loaded the bases and freshman outfielder Alex Miklos (Grove City, Pa.) drew a walk to push him across the plate in the fourth. Toadvine struck again in the sixth, smacking a two-out base hit and scoring on a double by junior outfielder Evan Campbell (Beloit, Ohio).
The Blue kept the pressure on the Gold right until its last at-bat, though. Koch and sophomore outfielder T.J. Sutton (Uniontown, Ohio) led off the seventh with back-to-back singles. Koch advanced to third on a double play, setting the stage for Lyon to crush a two-run bomb over the right field wall to cut Gold's lead to one. That's as close as Blue got, though, as the contest ended on a strikeout.
Junior righty Casey Wilson (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) earned a two-inning save for the Gold. Redshirt sophomore southpaw starter Michael Clark (Akron, Ohio) took the pitching loss for the Blue.
The Golden Flashes will release their 2012 schedule Wednesday (Oct. 19).