Sorkin Leads Black Team to Series-Opening Win
Mark Menaker
Mark Menaker

Oct. 11, 2011

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NORMAL, Ill. - Junior right-hander Brad Sorkin allowed just two runs through five innings and struck out three, and the black team beat the red team, 6-2, Tuesday evening in game one of the six-game intrasquad Fall World Series. Mark Menaker led the black team offensively in the seven-inning game with two RBI in a 2-for-3 effort.

Freshman left-hander Dylan Craig suffered the loss for the red team, allowing six runs through 4.2 innings. Matt Mirabal paced the red team with a 1-for-3 performance, including an RBI-double. Six red team players and five black team players collected at least one hit in the series-opener.

The red team scored its only two runs in the first inning, as Bryan Huff led off with a single and later scored on a throwing error charged to catch Mike Hollenbeck, who was attempting to throw out a stealing David Fallon. Mirabal then plated Fallon with a double.

A Menaker double that scored Hollenbeck in the fourth inning pulled the black team within one run. The black team then took the lead for good with a five-run fifth inning. Julian Sipiora was hit by a pitch to start the frame, and Eric Aguilera advanced Sipiora to third with a single to right field. The next batter, Ty Wiesemeyer, was intentionally walked, and a sacrifice to center by Kyle Stanton tied the game. Hollenbeck then drove in two more with a double that scored Wiesemeyer and Aguilera. A single by Menaker kept the inning alive, allowing Hollenbeck to come home. A double by Joe Kelch capped off the offensive-output, as Zac Johnson scored after walking earlier in the frame.

With the black team leading the intrasquad set, 1-0, the Redbirds are scheduled to play game two of the Fall World Series Thursday at 4 p.m. at Duffy Bass Field.

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