Rockhold, Hunt Power Green to Game 1 Victory
TAMPA, Fla.- Coached by USF assistant coach Bryant Ward, the University of South Florida Green Team used a four run fifth inning en route to 7-2 victory over the Gold Squad, led by Graduate Assistant Charles Cleveland in Game 1 of the 2009 USF Fall World Series.|
Down 2-1, the green team responded with an offensive outburst in the top of the sixth, where they accounted for four runs courtesy of back-to-back doubles from Stephen Hunt and Daniel Rockhold
The Green squad got off to an early lead with hits from Ryan Lockwood and Luis Llerena and Lockwood came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Todd Brazeal. Llerena moved to third on the sac fly and scored on a balk.
Junior Randy Fontanez started for the Green team and pitched 4.0 innings and allowed three hits and two unearned runs while striking out three.
Freshman Ray Delphey got the start for the Gold squad and was impressive as he shut down the Green line-up and he recorded seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings while allowing just one run.
The Gold team loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but a 6-3 double play ended the inning and the threat.
In the top of the eight, junior Stephen Hunt gave the Green some insurance by sending an Austin Adams offering over the right field wall for a two-run home run and extend the lead to 7-2. Rockhold then picked up his second double of the night with a liner into the left centerfield gap but would advance no further as Adams ended the threat.
The Green team loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but were unable to extend their lead any further.
The Green and Gold will clash again Friday afternoon with first pitch slated for 4 p.m. at Red McEwen Field.