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Jax College Baseball Classic: Day 3 Recap

GAME 1: Wichita State overcomes five-run deficit, shocks Iowa

Pair of three-run homers spur 12-6 come-from-behind victory for Wichita State

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Down 5-0 through five innings, the Wichita State Shockers plated three runs in the sixth, five in the seventh and four more in the eighth to rally by the Iowa Hawkeyes 12-6 from 121 Financial Ballpark.

Trailing by five runs, Derek Williams doubled to jumpstart the Shockers’ (3-3) sixth. Following a strikeout, a balk bumped Williams to third before the inning’s second out was recorded on a pop out. Seth Stroh was hit by a pitch before Josh Livingston smashed a three-run home run to get Wichita State on the board.

With one out in the seventh, Ryan Callahan reached first via a hit-by-pitch. A Williams double coupled with an error scored Callahan, and the Shockers tied the score when Jaden Gustafson laced an RBI single to right. Following a walk, Stroh socked a three-run bomb to right to break the deadlock in favor of an 8-5 margin for Wichita State.

Iowa (3-4) began to rally in their half of the seventh. Reese Moore walked and moved to second on a wild pitch before Huckstorf reached via a hit-by-pitch. Gable Mitchell drew the Hawks within 8-6 on an RBI single. However, when Huckstorf tried to score on a fly out off the bat of Seegers, Stroh threw Huckstorf out at the plate to retire the side.

The Shockers answered immediately in the eighth. Mauricio Millan singled with one out and Callahan was hit by a pitch. A Williams base hit loaded the bases before an RBI ground out by Gustafson made it a three-run lead again. Jordan Rogers then bashed a three-run shot to put Wichita State ahead 12-6. 

The Hawkeyes initially jumped out to a huge lead in the second. Reese Moore drew a leadoff walk before Kyle Huckstorf singled. A bunt advanced the runners to second and third and then Michael Seegers was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Andy Nelson followed with a two-run base knock. Back-to-back RBI singles from Ben Wilmes and Sam Petersen made it 4-0 Iowa.

With the same score in the fifth, Raider Tello collected a leadoff double and Davis Cop walked. Following a sacrifice fly, Huckstorf lifted a sacrifice fly to widen the gap to 5-0.

GAME 2: Virginia edges Auburn to win Jacksonville College Baseball Classic

O’Ferrall leads Cavaliers in taking inaugural Jax CBC with 6-4 win over Tigers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Griff O’Ferrall notched two hits, stole a base and scored a pair of runs on Sunday to help the Virginia Cavaliers slip by the Auburn Tigers 6-4 and win the Jacksonville College Baseball Classic from 121 Financial Ballpark.

With Auburn (6-1) ahead 2-1, O’Ferrall started the Virginia (7-0) fifth with a base knock. After Anthony Stephan walked, a double steal put runners on second and third. An Ethan Anderson sacrifice fly scored O’Ferrall to tie the score at two.

In the sixth, Harrison Didawick led off with a single against new Tigers reliever Christian Herberholz (0-1). A sacrifice bunt bumped Didawick to second and Luke Hanson cashed him in with an RBI double to put the Wahoos in front 3-2.

Virginia added to its lead in the seventh. Anderson walked with one out, and following a strikeout, moved to second on a wild pitch. Casey Saucke laced an RBI single to left to bring in Anderson and widen the gap to 4-2.

Auburn was able to get a run back in the bottom of the seventh. Cooper Weiss reached first after getting hit by a pitch. He moved to third on a base hit by Ike Irish and scored on an RBI ground out off the bat of Bobby Peirce to pull the Tigers within one.

However, the Cavaliers got critical insurance in the eighth. Henry Godbout singled to jumpstart that inning and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Bobby Whalen launched a ground-rule double to score Godbout and then went to third on a fly out to right. Stephan followed by singling the other way to left to bring in Whalen and increase the Virginia margin to 6-3.

In the bottom of the eighth, Deric Fabian crushed a solo homer to left-center to make it 6-4, but Auburn could get no closer.

The Cavaliers opened up the scoring in the third inning. O’Ferrall led off with a base hit. He moved to second when Stephan was his by a pitch and then to third on a fly out to right. Henry Ford’s RBI ground out plated O’Ferrall for the game’s first run.

The Tigers tied things in their half of the third. Caden Green reached second on an error to begin the frame. Following a sacrifice bunt, an RBI ground out by Irish knotted the score at one.

With the same score in the bottom of the fourth, Cooper McMurray led off with a walk. After a fly out, McMurray moved up to second on a ground out and then to third on a Christian Hall single. Mason Maners followed with a base knock to plate McMurray and give Auburn the advantage at 2-1.


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