Game One of Baseball's Fall World Series Ends In 5-5 Tie
Fall World Series 2012
Fall World Series 2012


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September 27, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. – The Illinois State baseball team opened its annual Fall World Series with the Black team rallying for four runs over the game’s final two innings to tie the Red team, 5-5,  on a crisp, autumn night Thursday at Duffy Bass Field.

“It was a lot of fun,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “Tonight offered a great chance for our guys to get after it and compete a little bit. I thought our starting pitching was really good. The Fall World Series offers a tremendous opportunity for us to see how our players compete because these games feel more important than normal practice. We have reached the end of the fall and the guys have put a lot of work into it.”

Freshman Will Headean made his ISU debut, throwing five innings for the Red squad while allowing only one run. The Morton, Ill., product struck out the final three batters he faced, and five total on the night. He was relieved by Clint Stroud and Johnny Lieske. Brad Sorkin threw five innings for the Black team before Matt Schmitt worked the final two frames, allowing no runs and striking out three.

Offensively, Brock Stewart had two hits and three RBI for the Black team, while Cody Voelker and Eric Aguilera each added one RBI. For the Red team, Kyle Stanton knocked two hits and drove in a pair of runs, while Zac Johnson, Marshall Vallandingham and Jack Czeszewski each added one RBI.   

The Fall World Series continues Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Both games are free and open to the public.

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