Oct. 10, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A suicide squeeze in the bottom of the sixth and final inning gave the White, headed by assistant coach Tom Lipari, a 1-0 victory over the Green in game one of the Michigan State baseball team's Green & White World Series Wednesday at Kobs Field.
The decisive rally started when junior Kyle Hurtt singled to right to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Senior Evan Friedland then walked and a balk call against freshman pitcher Jeff Holm put runners at second and third with one out. Senior Justin Potes executed a suicide squeeze to perfection, plating Hurtt for the only run of the game.
The contest was a pitchers' duel as senior starting pitcher Mike Monterey gave up just four hits and struck out two in four scoreless innings. Junior A.J. Dunn relieved Monterey, striking out three in two innings to earn the win. Freshman Andrew Webb got the start for the Green and hurled four scoreless innings with four strikeouts while only surrendering two hits. Freshman Jeff Holm also pitched well but received the loss after throwing 1.1 innings of relief.
The Green Team threatened to score in the third inning against Monterey when freshman Tyler Newsome singled with one out and then advanced to second base on a wild pitch in the dirt. Senior Brandon Doherty followed by lining a single off to center, where Dennis Jones came up throwing and put the ball right on the plate. Senior Kyle Kunkel blocked the plate and applied the tag on Newsome to prevent the Green from scoring.
Sophomore Chris Roberts led the charge for the Green going 2-for-2 with a double.
The Green and White will meet again Thursday afternoon in a pivotal game two at Kobs Field. First pitch set for 4 p.m. The series is best-of-three, but with a run-differential rule that could enable a team that loses twice to win with a decisive victory in game three.