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Jax College Baseball Classic: Day One Recap


GAME ONE: Virginia opens Jax College Baseball Classic with walk-off victory

Ford’s two-run double leads Virginia to 5-4 win in 10 innings over Wichita State


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Henry Ford’s two-run double in the 10th inning on Friday vaulted

the Virginia Cavaliers to a 5-4 victory over the Wichita State Shockers at 121 Financial Ballpark.


Virginia (5-0) rallied from three separate deficits in the contest. Wichita State (2-2) initially

grabbed the 10th-inning advantage on Derek Williams’ home run off Cavaliers reliever Aidan

Teel (1-0).


In the bottom of the 10th, Bobby Whalen, who went 3-for-4, reached on a leadoff walk.

Following a fly out, Anthony Stephan singled Whalen to third. Shockers reliever Hunter

Holmes (0-1) hit Ethan Anderson with a pitch to load the bases before Ford drilled a ball off

the wall in right-center to plate two runs and win it for the Wahoos.


The Shockers started the scoring in the second. Jaden Gustafson doubled with one out. Two

batters later, Dayvin Johnson notched an RBI single for the game’s first run.


Virginia rallied to tie in the fourth. Casey Sauke collected a leadoff single before moving to

second on a ground out. Two batters later, he scored on Luke Hanson’s RBI base knock.

With the score tied at one in the fifth, Darnell Parker Jr. socked a home run off Cavaliers

starter Evan Blanco to put Wichita State in front. After a ground out, Camden Johnson doubled before advancing to third on a ground out. He scored on Ryan Callahan’s RBI single to make it 3-1.


With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Godbout reached on an error. After a strikeout, a balk advanced Godbout to second prior to Whalen’s RBI single that drew the Wahoos within one. The score was still 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth. Godbout singled with one out. Following a strikeout, a Whalen base knock put runners on the corners before an error scored the tying run to knot the score at three.


Wichita State hosts Auburn at 1:00 ET on Saturday, with Virginia’s matchup against Iowa to take place at 5:00 PM ET. Fans can purchase tickets on www.JaxCBC.com, and coverage is available on www.D1Baseball.com.


GAME TWO: Seventh-inning bombs spur Auburn by Iowa

Maners, Peirce, Hall each go yard in 7-5 Tigers’ victory


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, both Mason Maners and Bobby

Peirce went yard in the inning to propel the Auburn Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the Iowa

Hawkeyes at 121 Financial Ballpark.


Iowa (3-2) starter Brody Brecht struck out 11 in 6.0 innings of two-run ball (one earned), but

Auburn (5-0) was able to capitalize against the Hawkeyes’ bullpen. Maners greeted new reliever Jack Whitlock (0-1) with a solo home run to tie the game. After a pair of outs, Ike Irish drew a walk. Peirce followed by crushing a two-run bomb to put the Tigers in front at 5-3.


Auburn continued to flash their power an inning later, when Christian Hall led off the frame

with a solo shot. Javon Hernandez followed with a base hit and Maners walked. A sacrifice

bunt pushed the runners to second and third and Cooper Weiss lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 7-3. Down to their last out in the ninth, Michael Seegers singled. Sam Petersen then cracked a two-run shot to get the score to 7-5, but Iowa could get no closer.


The Hawks scored in each of their first two offensive frames. Seegers led off the game to lead off the game. Sam Peterson was then hit by a pitch. After a fly out, a double steal moved up the runners before Davis Cop walked to load the bases. Following a strikeout, Blake Guerin drew a bases-loaded walk for the game’s first run.


In the second, Kyle Huckstorf tripled with one out and scored on a squeeze bunt to set the tally at 2-0. Auburn got on the board in the third. Brecht notched a strikeout to begin the inning but then walked Maners. The Iowa starter fanned another Tiger but then walked Weiss. Irish followed with a base hit to bring home Maners and halve the deficit.


The Hawkeyes responded in the fourth. Gable Mitchell jumpstarted the inning with a double

and scored on Huckstorf’s RBI single to make it 3-1. With the same score in the sixth, Irish reached on a throwing error to start the inning before advancing to second on a ground out. Following a strikeout, Chris Stanfield walked and Hall singled in Irish to pull the Tigers within 3-2. Cam Tilly (1-0) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts to earn the win in relief for Auburn.


Auburn plays Wichita State at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with Iowa’s matchup against Virginia to take place at 5 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets on www.JaxCBC.com, and coverage is available on www.D1Baseball.com.

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