Moss Pitches Navy To Game One Victory
CHAPEL HILL --- The Navy team took the first game of the North Carolina baseball Fall World Series 5-1 at Boshamer Stadium on Friday night.
Junior right-handed pitcher Benton Moss got the win for the Navy squad. He worked a dominant 5.2 innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits while striking out 10. Sophomore Trent Thornton, who also tossed 5.2 innings, gave up four earned runs on seven hits for the Blue team.
The Navy team jumped on Thornton early, but they were unable to capitalize on a first-inning double and a single and a walk in the second.
In the bottom of the third inning, however, the Navy team finally struck. A leadoff single by Matt Rubino and a double by Michael Massardo got the action started for first baseman Parks Jordan, who tallied two RBIs with a single to right field that put Navy ahead 2-0 with no outs.
After Michael Russell flied out to centerfield, sophomore Skye Bolt narrowly missed putting two more on the board with a shot to right field that went just wide of the foul pole.
The Navy team would end up adding those runs anyway in the next inning with some two-out action.
After getting a ground out and a pop up to start the inning, Thornton allowed a single to Colby Barnette and walked Rubino to set up Massardo, who tripled down the right field line and picked up two RBIs to widen the gap as the Navy team went up 4-0.
In the fifth inning the Blue team threatened when Moss walked left fielder Tyler Ramirez before allowing a single to Matt Roberts and hitting Adam Pate with a pitch to load the bases.
The Blue team couldn't capitalize on it though, as Moss got Wood Myers to hit into a fielder's choice for the final out and escape the inning without damage.
The only score of the night for the Blue team came in the sixth inning when a pair of walks by Moss and an error by Russell allowed Alex Raburn to reach and Adrian Chacon to score from second.
Bolt would tack on the Navy team's final run with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Zach Rice and Chris McCue each tallied 1.2 scoreless innings of relief for the Navy team, allowing just two hits between them and striking out four.
The 2013 Fall World Series continues with game two on Saturday at 1 p.m. Sophomore right hander Taylore Cherry will take the mound for the Blue team, facing the Navy squad's Zac Gallen.