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Oct. 12, 2016

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Orange team captured Game 1 of the 2016 Orange and Blue World Series with an 8-6 victory Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 11) at Davenport Field. The Orange team scored all of its runs in the first two innings to bolt to a big, early lead before holding off a late Blue team charge in the seventh and final inning.

Cameron Comer (So., Powell, Ohio) went 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Orange squad, while Jake McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) and Ernie Clement (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) each recorded a pair of hits. Pavin Smith (Jr., Jupiter, Fla.) and Adam Haseley (Jr., Windermere, Fla.) each homered and had two hits for the Blue, while each Blue team starter had at least one hit.

Orange starter Derek Casey (Jr., Mechanicsville, Va.) worked three innings and gave up four runs, while Blue starter Connor Eason (So., Chesapeake, Va.) allowed eight runs (six earned) in one-plus inning. The two bullpens shut down the offensive onslaught and combined to allow just two runs the rest of the way.

After the Blue team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a solo homer from Smith and a two-out RBI single from Justin Novak, the Orange sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning, with the key hit coming from Comer, a two-run single.

The Blue got a two-out solo homer from Haseley, but the Orange again countered with a pair of runs on a Nate Eikhoff (So., Bristow, Va.) sac fly and a Comer RBI single.

The Orange put up a run in the third on an Andy Weber (So., Aurora, Ohio) sac fly and cut its deficit to 8-6 in the seventh on a Jalen Harrison (Fr., Palmyra, Va.) RBI single and a Smith sac fly. The Blue had the tying run at the plate, but Tommy Doyle (Jr., Vienna, Va.) struck out Charlie Cody (Jr., Chesapeake, Va.) to end the game.

Orange and Blue World Series Format
All games will consist of either seven or nine innings, which will be determined prior to each game.

The seven games will be broken up into two three-game series (Games 1-3 and Games 4-6 are separate series) as well as a stand-alone Game 7. If a given team wins the first two games of either series, the third game of that series will be played based on run differential of the first two games to allow the trailing team a chance to still win the series. Each team is encouraged to score as many runs as possible and not worry about running up the score.

There is no admission charge for any of Virginia’s exhibition games or Orange and Blue World Series contests. Free parking will be available in the University Hall lot. Fans should enter Davenport Field for all fall games along the first-base line and not the main gate. The best route to reach this entrance is by using the road adjacent to the Lannigan Field track complex.

Orange & Blue World Series Schedule
Game 1: Orange 8, Blue 6
Game 2: Fri., Oct. 14, 6 p.m.
Game 3: Tue., Oct. 18, 3:30 p.m.

Game 4: Fri., Oct. 21, 6 p.m.
Game 5: Tue., Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m.
Game 6: Fri., Oct. 28, 6 p.m.

Game 7: Sun., Oct. 30, 1 p.m.

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