Oct. 6, 2013
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Blue team captured its first victory of the Orange & Blue World Series with a 5-3 win over the Orange team Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. Pitchers David Rosenberger (So., Bethlehem, Pa.) and Cameron Tekker (So., Waxhaw, N.C. combined to hold the Orange to three hits.
The Orange won the first two games to capture the first three-game series. The teams start the second three-game series at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Rosenberger started for the Blue and worked four innings allowing three hits and walking one. Tekker pitched the last three innings, giving up no hits or runs to the Orange squad.
Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.), John La Prise (So., Exton, Pa.), and Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) each had a pair of hits for the Blue. Howard also added two RBI.
The Orange started fast, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning off a Derek Fisher (Jr., Rexmont, Pa.) sacrifice fly that brought Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) home.
In the bottom half of the second, Nate Irving
(Jr., Yonkers, N.Y.) scored from third while George Ragsdale
(So., North Port, Fla.) was caught in a rundown, giving the Orange a 2-0 lead.
The teams exchanged runs in the fourth inning. In the top of the fourth, Daniel Pinero (Fr., Toronto, Ontario) reached second on a fielding error then scored on a Thomas Woodruff (Jr., Clifton, Va.) single through the left side. The Orange came right back in the bottom of the inning scoring off a Rob Bennie (So., Stroudsburg, Pa.) RBI.
The Blue picked up three in the top of the fifth inning to move ahead. La Prise hit a leadoff single, moved to third on a Matt Thaiss (Fr., Jackson, N.J.) shot to right field, and scored on a single by Downes. Howard drove Thaiss home and one batter later Pinero grounded out to second. plating Downes in the process.
The Blue added one final tally in the sixth when Howard recorded his second RBI of the day.
Orange & Blue World Series Format
There will be a pair of three-game series (Games 1-3 and Games 4-6 are separate series) as well as a Game 7. If a given team wins both games of either series, the third game of that series will be played based on run differential of the first two games to allow the trailing team a chance to still win the series. Each team is encouraged to score as many runs as possible and not worry about running up the score.
There is no admission charge for Orange and Blue World Series games and all seating is general admission. Free parking will be available in the University Hall lot. Fans should plan to enter Davenport Field for all fall games along the first-base line and not the main gate. The best route to reach this entrance is by using the Copeley Road crosswalk, the sidewalk and the road adjacent to the Lannigan Field track complex.
Concession and merchandise stands also will be open.
Orange & Blue World Series Schedule
Game 1: Orange 5, Blue 4
Game 2: Orange 8, Blue 4
Game 3: Blue 5, Orange 3
Game 4: Tue., Oct. 8, 4 p.m.
Game 5: Tue., Oct. 15, 4 p.m.
Game 6: Fri., Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Game 7: Sun., Oct. 20, 1 p.m.