In two consecutive games, the Old Liners were only three outs away from clinching the Fall World Series. Both times, the Aggies battled back from three runs down in the final inning.
One day after scoring four runs in their final at-bats to tie the series, 1-1, the Aggies scored three runs on three hits in the top of the seventh after being held scoreless the entire game.
After forcing extras, Aggies first baseman Michael Pineiro came up with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run single to give his team a 5-3 lead. One pitch later, third baseman Max Costes boomed a double to deep left field, scoring yet another run for the Aggies in the eighth.
The late-inning onslaught not only gave the Aggies a comeback 6-4 win, but also a Fall World Series victory after losing the first game last Wednesday. The Aggies scored six runs in the final two innings, with right-hander Will Glock holding on for the save.
For much of the afternoon, though, the Old Liners pitchers were able to strand the tying runs on base with a two-run lead.
Left-hander Billy Phillips made his second start of the series for the Old Liners, going three strong scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three. He stranded the bases loaded in the first inning and cruised through the next two.
After two walks to start the fourth, right-hander Nick Turnbull came in looking to strand the two potential tying runs on base. He did just that, retiring the next three batters to get out of a jam unscathed.
An inning later, Old Liners reliever Sean Fisher did the same once Turnbull got into similar trouble. Coming in with two runner in scoring position and nobody out. The southpaw preserved the two-run lead as well to get out of his first inning of work.
Right fielder Randy Bednar went 3-for-4 and stole four bases for the Old Liners, playing a part in all three of the team’s runs. After driving in left fielder Caleb Walls with an RBI single in the first, Bednar swiped second before also coming around to score in the two-run frame.
The sophomore looked confident at the plate as one of Maryland’s returning bats from a season ago. In addition to driving in a run and scoring in the first, he doubled and singled again before touching home for the Old Liners’ third run in the sixth inning.
Despite Bednar’s production, the Aggies bats outmatched him late in the game.
From top to bottom, the Aggies lineup delivered in the late crucial moments of the game in order to give them the victory in the series finale. Although they struggled to score runs early — stranding eight base runners through the first six innings — they didn’t leave anyone hanging with the game on the line.