CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Orange and Blue World Series concluded with a 10-4, game-six victory by Blue in six innings. Blue had clinched the series after five and won five of the six fall exhibitions.
Blue scored the game’s first 10 runs and racked up 13 hits in the contest. Blue starting pitcher, Griff McGarry, tossed 4.2 innings, allowed two hits and struck out six to earn the victory. The righthander retired 13 of the first 15 batters he faced before exiting with two outs in the fifth.
Five of the eight blue hitters put forth multi-hit efforts, including Nate Eikhoff (Bristow, Va.) and Devin Ortiz (Nutley, N.J.) who each had three base knocks. Sophomore Alex Tappen drove in a game-high, three runs and went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Ortiz and sophomore Brendan Rivoli (Douglasville, Pa.) led all Cavaliers this fall, each collecting nine hits in the series, going 9-for-18 with three doubles and four RBI.
Orange posted four runs in the top of the sixth inning, getting RBI singles from Bryce Greenly (Milford, Del.), Cayman Richardson (Mechanicsville, Va.) and Will Allocca (Richmond, Va.).
Centerfielder Cameron Simmons (Royersford, Pa.) finished the day with two hits in three at bats and scored the first run of the afternoon for Orange. Simmons finished his fall with eight hits, three runs and three RBI. Junior Drew Blakely (Galesburg, Mich.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored to round off the Orange offensive attack.
The 2019 season will get underway on Feb. 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. against Vanderbilt as part of the MLB Collegiate Tournament with TCU and Cal State Fullerton. Virginia will host its annual Step Up to the Plate event at John Paul Jones Arena on January, 26, 2019.