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Thing 2 Uses The Long Ball To Salvage Game 3 Of Series

Nov. 17, 2017

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV baseball's Fall World Series came to a close Friday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium when Thing 2 held on for a come-from-behind, 7-6 win over Thing 1. Thing 2 fell behind by five runs after 1.5 innings of play before it used three solo home runs and a three-run triple to turn the scoreboard in its favor, as it salvaged the final game of the three-game intrasquad set.

Thing 1's offense got things started with an RBI single by Caleb Summerhays in the first inning to stake itself to a 1-0 lead. Nick Ames upped his team's lead to four runs when he smashed a three-run home run in the second.

Thing 2 countered in the bottom of the second with a home run of its own, a solo shot by Jack Wold, as well as a three-run triple by Dillon Johnson that pulled the team within one run.

Wold and Bryce Bullock teamed up for two more solo dingers for Thing 2 in the third and fourth innings, respectively, to put their squad in the lead for good at 6-5. Nick Rodriguez added the would-be, game-winner in the fifth, an RBI single.

Trailing by two heading into its final at- bat, Thing 1 got a solo homer from Max Smith, the Fall World Series' MVP; however, that was the last run the team would score, as the potential game-tying run - Summerhays was left stranded at second base after a walk and a stolen base put him in scoring position.

THE TURNING POINT: Thing 2 swung the game's momentum its way when it scored four runs in the bottom of the second en route to a seven-run outburst over four innings..



STAT OF THE GAME: A total of four home runs were hit in the third and final game of the Fall World Series; Thing 2 knocked three of those out of the park - all solo shots.

REBEL OF THE GAME: Wold hit two home runs; the first of which started Thing 2's comeback bid, while the second knotted the score at 5-all through three innings of play.

FALL WORLD SERIES MVP: Smith went 4-for-9 in the series with five RBI and three runs scored. Three of his base hits went for extra bases with two homers and one double.

*Thing 2's Paul Richy earned the win in two innings of scoreless relief, as he struck out one against two hits and one walk.
*Thing 1's Tevita Gerber was credited with the loss after he surrendered two runs in two innings of relief. Gerber was touched for two hits, but struck out one.
*Thing 2's Austin Anders picked up a save in one inning of relief.

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