Blue Scores 14 Runs to Force Game 7 in Crimson & Blue World Series

Nov. 8, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior infielder Jordan Dreiling went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs, while Team Blue banged out 12 hits and 14 runs to force a decisive Game 7 in the Crimson & Blue World Series at Hoglund Ballpark Sunday. The Kansas baseball team is holding its annual series over the last two weeks of fall practice to cap their 45-day offseason slate.

The seventh and deciding game of the series is scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Hoglund Ballpark.

Prior to the start of the series on Oct. 28, teams were drafted by senior first baseman Chris Manship and senior relief pitcher Jordan Jakubov, who served as captains of the Crimson and Blue teams, respectively.

Freshman Tucker Tharp has led all hitters in the series, going 10-for-20 (.500) with four doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored, while senior James Stanfield (8-for-18) and sophomore Jordan Brown (6-for-15) have also hit above .400 in the six games.

On the mound, freshman Drew Morovick has been spotless in 9 1/3 innings, allowing just five hits, while after a rough start in game two, junior Tanner Poppe has earned two saves for Team Crimson out of the bullpen.

Below are recaps of the three games from the weekend of Nov. 4-6.

Game 4: Crimson 4, Blue 2
Sophomore Tucker Tharp and junior Alex DeLeon each had two hits, while sophomore Frank Duncan pitched five solid innings to pick up the win on Friday afternoon. Tharp continued his hot hitting, after going 7-for-10 in the first weekend of the Crimson & Blue World Series, Oct. 28-30.

Tharp had an RBI double in the game, which proved to be the only extra base hit. Duncan allowed one run on three hits over five frames to pick up the win. The sophomore righty fanned six and walked two. Tanner Poppe tossed a perfect inning of relief to pick up the save.

Senior outfielder Taylor Hart had the only RBI hit for Team Blue. Freshman Wes Benjamin allowed four runs on six hits over five innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

Game 5: Crimson 2, Blue 0
Freshman Drew Morovick tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings, while Alex DeLeon went 2-for-3 and drove in both runs as Team Crimson won its third-straight game in the Crimson & Blue World Series Saturday.

Morovick, who tossed four scoreless innings in Game 3, has allowed just five hits and no runs over 9 1/3 innings. DeLeon had a double and a single to drive in two runs, while Tharp continued to swing a hot bat, going 1-for-3. Poppe earned his second save in as many days, surviving two singles in the final inning.

Sophomore outfielder Jordan Brown went 2-for-2 to lead Team Blue, which was shut out on seven hits.

Game 6: Blue 14, Crimson 3
After scoring just two runs over the previous 15 innings, Team Blue pounded out 12 hits and scored 14 runs to even the Crimson & Blue World Series at three games apiece Sunday. Three different players for the blue team had two hits – senior James Stanfield, junior Jordan Dreiling and sophomore Jordan Brown.

Stanfield collected a pair of doubles and an RBI, while Dreiling collected four RBIs on a single and a triple and also added two runs scored. Freshman Colin Toalson earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits over five innings. The bullpen combo of Jordan Luvisi, Jordan Jakubov and Robert Kahana held Team Crimson to one run on four hits over the final three innings.

Senior Chris Manship led Team Crimson with two hits and a run scored, while fellow senior Zac Elgie hit his second home run of the series, driving in two.

Scores from the first three games:

Game 1: Blue 3, Crimson 2

Game 2: Blue 7, Crimson 2

Game 3: Crimson 7, Blue 2