Pitching, defense give Purple opening win

An eighth -inning miscue on a ball hit to right field allowed five unearned runs to score and led the Purple team to a 7-2 victory in the first game of the Purple-White World Series at Lupton Stadium on Friday. Head coach Jim Schlossnagle, who serves as an observer during the Series, said he thought the defense was solid despite the error.

“I thought what was positive was that, with the exception of the one ball in the outfield, we played really good defense,” Schlossnagle said. “We made some really good plays in the outfield.”

Schlossnagle said he was happy with the pitching performances for both squads. Junior right-hander Andrew Cashner started for the Purple squad, going four innings and allowing four hits and two runs. Opposing Cashner was sophomore right-hander Steven Maxwell, who gave up seven hits and one earned run in five innings for the White team.

Right-hander Tyler Lockwood pitched five innings in relief of Cashner, surrendering three hits and no runs. The sophomore said he relied on his fastball and his changeup to pick up the win for the Purple team.

“My fastball (worked well), but my changeup was working pretty good tonight,” Lockwood said. “I had a lot of guys roll over on balls. Those two pitches were my main pitches.”

Senior center fielder Clint Arnold led off the game for the Purple team with a single in the top of the first and would proceed to stole second. The next batter, senior shortstop Bryan Kervin, singled Arnold home for the early lead.

The White team grabbed the advantage in the bottom of the third on two triples and a double. Designated hitter Brett Medlin started the inning with a three-base hit – one of the redshirt freshman’s two hits on the night.

The middle of the game featured squandered scoring opportunities for both sides. The White team left eight runners on base in the game and the Purple team stranded seven runners, including five in innings four through seven before breaking through in the eighth inning.

Schlossnagle said there were definite missed opportunities.

“The Purple team, their situational hitting was not very good,” Schlossnagle said. “They had runners in scoring position almost every inning and only had one run until two outs in the eighth inning, but that got better as the game went on.”

Designated hitter Zac Jordan, one of 16 new Horned Frogs, led the offensive attack for the Purple team with four of its 13 hits.

Jordan said the Horned Frogs have been working on fundamentals during fall practice, and that they played a well-executed game.

“We didn’t do anything to hurt ourselves,” Jordan said. “That’s pretty much what we practiced all fall, and I think it showed.