JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2007) - The East Tennessee State baseball team wrapped up game one of the Fall World Series with a bang Saturday afternoon from Cardinal Park, as sophomore Ryan Self's (Mount, Juliet, Tenn.) solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning rallied Blue past Gold, 9-8.
Blue struck first with two first inning runs, but the Gold team enjoyed a five-run second inning, and took an early 5-2 lead. The Gold enjoyed RBIs from Nick Belcher (
Phillip Al-Mateen's (Director of Business/Ticket Operations) Gold squad added two more runs in the fourth, as Mendez and freshman Bart Roark (Mountain City, Tenn.) each drove in runs; however, they could not hold onto the lead.
The Blue team, managed by Voice of the Bucs/Network Director Jay Sandos, saw his squad come back from a 7-2 deficit after squandering an early 2-0 lead in the first. The Blue team scored solo runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but a three-run seventh gave Sandos' squad an 8-7 advantage.
Al-Mateen's Gold club did not back down after surrendering the lead, as Belcher scored on Roark's single to left, tying the game at eight. However, Self quickly turned things back around for the Blue team, by leading off the bottom half of the inning with a shot over the right field wall, giving them the 9-8 victory.
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Both teams combined for 17 runs on 26 hits in the offensive slugfest on Saturday.
The Blue team will look for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon starting at noon. The winner of the World Series will enjoy a meal from their favorite restaurant at Barberitos; while the team on the losing end will participate in the Tri-Cities Race For the Cure-5K, on Oct. 7 in Kingsport.
Fans visit www.ETSUBucs.com to find out who takes the Blue/Gold World Series trophy on Sunday.