Orange Wins Second Straight, Holds Off Blue 5-2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Team Orange scored its second straight win in the Orange and Blue World Series with a 5-2 victory over the Blue on Tuesday night at Davenport Field. Game 3 of the series is at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Team Orange is in control in its quest to win the first three-game series; Team Blue still can win the first series, but must outscore the Orange by at least five runs Wednesday in order to win the run differential.
Freshman right-hander Tyler Skulina worked five scoreless innings for the Orange. He was supported by a 10-hit attack, led by three hits from Corey Hunt and a two-hit, two-RBI outing from Steven Proscia.
David Coleman paced the Blue with four hits, including a pair of doubles. Skulina (2 H, BB, 5 K) earned the win for the Orange, while Artie Lewicki worked two innings and was credited with the save. Cody Winiarski allowed two earned runs, five hits and a walk over 4.2 innings and struck out five as he took the loss.
The Blue had plenty of scoring opportunities, particularly in the last three innings when it left the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth and runners at second and third in the ninth. The team scored just an eighth-inning run during that time. In all, the Blue left 14 runners on base.
Team Orange jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, getting a two-out double from Danny Hultzen before Proscia blooped the next pitch into center for a run-scoring single. The Orange added to its lead in the second, as Kenny Swab scored from third base while Corey Hunt was thrown out attempting to steal second.
The Blue cracked the scoring column in the sixth against reliever Shane Halley while taking advantage of a pair Orange errors. With one out Derek Justice reached on a fielder’s choice grounder, with Reed Gragnani scoring on the play.
The Orange added a pair of runs in the eighth inning on a Keith Werman squeeze bunt and Proscia’s second RBI single of the day. The Blue cut a run from the lead in its half of the eighth when Rob Amaro walked with the bases loaded, but the Orange countered in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Mitchell Shifflett.
Orange & Blue World Series Schedule
Game 1: Orange 3, Blue 2
Game 2: Orange 5, Blue 2
Game 3: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m.
Game 4: Monday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m.
Game 5: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m.
Game 6: Friday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
Game 7: Sunday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m.