Black squad wins Fall World Series in two games

Nov. 1, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU baseball team concluded the 18th annual Green & Black Fall World Series at Alexander Brest Field with the Black squad coming away victorious in two games.

The third game of the series was played regardless of the outcome and was ended in a tie. Both squads were drafted and coached by senior third baseman Thomas LePage (Green) and senior second baseman Logan James (Black) for the duration of the series.

In the first game, the Black team won 1-0 behind the pitching of senior Justin Young, sophomore Josh Burrows and freshman Adam Rapoza, as they combined on a seven-hit shutout. With no hits through eight innings, freshman Chuck Opachich singled in the ninth after James reached on a throwing error by the catcher on a strikeout. With runners on first and second and no outs, senior Mike McAllister drove in the winning run with a line drive to left center field. Senior D.J. Ackley pitched brilliantly for the Green team allowing no hits, and no walks, with five strikeouts in six innings of work.

In game two, the Black team took the series with a 5-4 win, despite making five errors. Junior Chris Rusler had his strongest outing of the fall, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing only two runs (one earned). Sophomore Garrett Dunlap and freshman Jason Hooper (who got the save) allowed only two runs in 3.2 innings of relief. James, Opachich, senior Donnie Vickers, junior Matt Lopez and freshman Alex Swenson each had two hits a piece to lead the Black squad. Freshman Kel Kulina led the Green team with three hits and junior John Tiner added two hits.

The Black team went for the series sweep in the finale, but their five run rally fell short in the seventh inning as the game ended in a 9-9 tie. Both offenses finally got on track and combined to score 18 runs on 19 hits. The Green team got a solid performance by junior college transfer Matt Gardner, who pitched 5.2 innings and came out with a 9-4 lead after starting at shortstop the previous two games. Florida State transfer Ryan McArdle led the Green team with two doubles, while Kulina and sophomore Brad Simmons each added two hits a piece. Junior Stewart Kelly and Opachich led the Black team with three hits, while sophomore Anthony Bernazard, James and Kulina each had two hits.

The series concluded the three weeks of fall practice for the Dolphins and the squad will now continue with individual work and conditioning before heading into Christmas break.