The Old Liners held a three-run lead with the bases loaded and no outs before right-hander Mike Vasturia recorded three straight outs to clinch a victory over the Aggies in Game 1 of the Fall World Series.
One day later, it was the Old Liners offense with three runners on with nobody out in the third inning.
Catcher Justin Morris, who had 13 RBI last season, cleared the bases with a double down the right-field line to put the Old Liners up 3-0. Three more runs came across in the inning, helping the Old Liners to an eventual 11-6 win.
“Capitalizing on big situations with runners in scoring position was big for us today,” Old Liners second baseman Nick Dunn said. “We just kept having good at-bats.”
Aggies starting pitcher, right-hander Mark DiLuia, allowed just one baserunner in his first two innings, but conceded five earned runs in the top of the third. Dunn doubled and singled off the center field wall in the inning, as the Old Liners batted around.
Aggies’ freshman left-hander Grant Burleson, who pitched two scoreless innings in Game 1, recorded the final two outs of the third to put a halt to the six-run inning.
Old Liners starting right-hander Hunter Parsons didn’t allow a hit to the first nine batters he faced, but gave up a single and a home run to back-to-back hitters in the bottom of the third. Following freshman Tommy Gardiner’s single, Kevin Biondic hit a two-run blast over the center field wall to cut the deficit to 6-2. Biondic has now reached base in all eight of his plate appearances in the Fall World Series.
“It’s been a crazy fall for him so far,” Dunn said. “He’s by far our best hitter this fall and it’s just really special to see that.”
Parsons pitched four innings, allowing just the two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts.
“It was good to get back out there,” Parsons said. “The Fall World Series is always a fun to to compete so I was glad to be able to go out there and just have some fun with it.”
After the Old Liners pushed across two runs in the top of the fourth, Biondic took the mound for the first time of the series. The senior picked up pitching over the summer, similarly to former Terps Mike Rescigno and Jamal Wade. He allowed two inherited runners to score on a sacrifice fly and a Marty Costes RBI-single, extending the Old Liners lead to 10-2 in the fourth.
Dunn hit an RBI-double off Biondic in the fifth for his third hit of the afternoon. After his home run in Game 1, Dunn has three extra-base hits in the Fall World Series.
“The pitching I saw this summer [in the Cape],” Dunn said, “that’s helped into the fall and into the spring.”
Old Liners freshman right-hander Sean Fisher pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit. Left-hander Jon Dignazio came on to record the last out, but allowed four runs before clinching the Old Liners second win of the series.
The Fall World Series will conclude Friday at 4 p.m. at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.