Freshman Carson Cox hit a double in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and eventually lead the Black Team to a 2-0 win over the Yellow Team in game one of the Wichita State University Baseball Fall World Series Thursday, Oct. 18, at Eck Stadium.
With the win, the Black Team gains a 1-0 edge in the best-of-three series.
Sophomore Hunter Gibson led-off the bottom-half of the seventh with a double down the right field line before crossing home plate on Cox’s double down the left field line to put Black in front, 1-0. A two-out wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed the Black Team to build its lead to 2-0.
Cox and Gibson each tallied doubles, and David VanVooren added a pair of hits in three at bats, leading the Black Team at the plate.
Black Team starter Preston Snavely tossed six scoreless innings to earn the victory on the mound, allowing no earned runs on four hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks. Reliever Alex Segal picked up the save after throwing three scoreless innings with a trio of strikeouts and two walks.
Freshman Jake Plastiak went 2-for-3 in the batter’s box, leading the Yellow Team offensively.
Clayton McGinness suffered the loss for Yellow after allowing one earned run on five hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in six innings.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m.