Baseball wraps annual Green/Gold World Series
Jeff Tanner
Jeff Tanner
The JU baseball program wrapped the fall campaign with the Green squad taking two of three games from the Gold team in the annual inter-squad World Series last weekend. at John Sessions Stadium.

The Gold team took a sloppy first contest before the Green team rallied to take the final two contests to win the series.

“After the first game, we gathered as a team and talked about our intensity level, defense and how we need to build our identity around the way we play the game,” Head Coach Terry Alexander said. “I thought they responded well and it showed in the quality of play in the last two games of the series.”

“If we can play defense, execute offensively and pitch the way we have this fall, then we will be a very competitive team in the spring,” Associate head coach Tim Montez said. “As we emphasize every day, our mental make-up and leadership will be huge factors on how we show up to play every day."

In the first game, junior right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson overcame a tough first inning to lead Gold to a 10-4 win.

Anderson allowed two runs in the first inning, but finished with six scoreless frames on four hits and eight strikeouts.

Junior Zack Houck paced the Green offense in the lead-off position going to 2–for-4 with a couple of stolen bases.

In the final two contests, the Green squad took close wins in game two, 4-2, and game three, 2-1, with the help of solid pitching performances.

Junior Zack Gordon earned the game-two win on the hill allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and five strikeouts in six innings.

Despite taking the loss, senior Drew Woods was as effective as Gordon by surrendering two runs on six hits, six strikeouts and a walk in five innings.

In the finale, sophomore Jeff Tanner stole the show with a complete-game, seven-inning performance only allowing a run on six hits and fanning five to lock up the series for the Green team.

Gold starter Corben Madden scattered six hits and fanned four batters in 5.1 innings working out of several jams.

Offensively, Houck had four hits and freshman Nathan Koslowski, two-hole hitter, recorded five hits for the Green team in the series. The duo also finished with three stolen bases between them.

Junior catcher Drew Luther also added four hits for the Green squad. Senior shortstop Ethan Loosen recorded third hits of his own for Green, including a big RBI double in the third and decisive game.

Sophomore Garrett Ruckel and senior Jake Huxtable each led the Gold team with four hits. Freshman Chris Molter added a couple of his and played flawless defense at shortstop.

The Dolphins are off until January when they start practice to get ready for the 2013 season opener against Radford Feb. 15 at John Sessions Stadium.