KNOXVILLE (UTSports.com) - The Orange Team used a five-run fifth inning Wednesday to secure game three of the five-game Tennessee Baseball Orange & White World Series by a score of 11-4 at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Orange squad has rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the series after being no-hit in a game-one loss.
Sophomore third baseman Tanner Moore, a first-year Vol who transferred from ETSU, led the Orange offensively, going 3-for-5 with two triples and a game-high five RBIs.
“This was one of the first days that I’ve actually had a pretty good offensive outing during the fall,” Moore said. “If you’re seeing the ball well, eventually they’re going to fall in. It was just one of those days.
“Our outfield played well,” Moore added when assessing his team’s overall performance. “The big thing was that our pitchers got in and got out. They got us back in offensively so we could keep our bats going.”
For the White Team, junior Cody Brown drove in three runs on a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate.
“It’s been a while since we’ve seen some live pitching,” Brown said. “All of our guys are starting to see the ball well.”
Brown also offered his thoughts on the Vols’ newcomers after nearly four full weeks of fall practice.
“Every single one of them is out here competing every single day,” Brown said. “They all work really hard. We played nine innings today, and it was long. But they all competed the entire day. In the next couple weeks, we’ll really be able to find out how much talent everybody has.”
Brown laced a two-run double in the home half of the first inning to give the White Team an early 2-0 advantage. His squad did not score again until the eighth inning, however, at which point the game was already out of reach.
The Orange used a combined five runs on six hits during the second and third innings to take a lead that it would never surrender. Sophomore designated hitter Yan Gomes had two hits and two RBIs during that flourish, and solo RBIs from junior right fielder Ryan Jones, Moore and sophomore infielder Alan Wright completed the barrage. Heading into the fifth frame, the Orange held a 5-2 lead.
True freshman outfielder Kentrail Davis jumpstarted the Orange Team’s big fifth inning with a triple down the right-field line. Shortstop Danny Lima then singled to left, plating Davis. After a successful steal of second base by Lima, Gomes collected his third hit and third RBI of the game with an infield single.
Following a walk by sophomore first baseman Jeff Lockwood later in the frame, Jones collected his third hit of the game—this time a single to left field that loaded the bases. Moore then quickly cleared the bases with a three-run triple to straightaway centerfield. Gomes, Lockwood and Jones all crossed the dish to push the score to 10-2. Jones finished the day 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and is Tennessee’s top hitter through three World Series games (5-for-6, .833).
Brown’s third RBI of the game and a defensive miscue in the home half of the eighth plated two more runs for the White Team and cut the score to 10-4.
The Orange added a single run in the ninth, bringing the final tally to 11-4.
Right-hander Aaron Everett was the tough-luck pitcher during the Orange’s offensive outburst in the fifth. Everett allowed five runs on five hits while walking one and recording one strikeout in 1/3 inning.
Orange starting pitcher Joey Rosas settled down after a shaky first inning to collect the win. The Cottonwood, Ariz., product breezed through his next three innings of work to finish the day with four complete innings, giving up two runs on three hits. The junior southpaw walked one and struck out a pair.
The Orange bullpen did its job to preserve the healthy lead. Right-handed senior Zane Stone came on in the fifth and worked two shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out one. Sophomore lefty D.J Leffler made quick work of the White Team in the bottom half of the seventh, retiring the side in order during his perfect inning of action. Left-hander Bryan Morgado logged a pair of Ks during a perfect ninth inning.
White Team starting pitcher Ryne Simpson took the loss after throwing four innings and giving up five runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out two.
White Team relievers Bryan Powell and Nick Hernandez each enjoyed hitless performances Wednesday, with Powell tossing 1 2/3 innings and Hernandez pitching one full frame.
Games four and five of the Orange & White World Series are set for Sat., Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.