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Baseball Wraps Fall World Series, as Red Clinches with Perfect Friday
Nov. 10, 2017

BOCA RATON, Fla. – After three days, nearly six hours, and 21 innings of competition, the Red team defeated their Navy counterparts in Florida Atlantic University baseball’s Fall World Series, 9-5, giving Assistant Coach Greg Mamula the win and bragging rights over fellow assistant Brett Schneider heading into spring. This year’s iteration of the FWS featured a match play scoring system, with a point given to the team that won each inning. Overall, Red outscored Navy, 18-9, including six perfect innings and a 7-0 score Friday.

Quotable                            

“I was happy for Coach Mams (Mamula), it’s his first World Series win since he got here, and I know that was grating on him. They did it in no-hit fashion (today), which is impressive,” said Head Coach John McCormack. “The World Series to me is great, I get to sit back and watch and see how guys react in a little bit of a stressful environment. It’s more of an impartial look at the guys, I sit up in the box and take notes, and it’s the last real evaluation we have in the fall, because today is our last day and next week we’ll go back to individual stuff. There’s been some really good performances: Jake Miednik was awesome today, and Pedro (Pages) and (David) Miranda really, really carried the Red Team offensively, and Joe Montes has helped out as well. It’s just enjoyable to watch the guys compete, and it’s a good time for all.”


 

 

The Turning Point

After a back-and-forth middle eight innings that saw two lead changes and two ties, Red took a slim 6-5 edge going into the final day. But their offense was off and rolling early, with the first four batters reaching in their final at-bat, including a two-run single up the middle by Pedro Pages.

The Finish

Red scored three times in that frame and the next, and once more in the third. With Jake Miednik perfect in all three of those innings (and in his four-inning stint overall), the Series victory was clinched for his squad midway through day three. Mike Ruff followed with two more flawless innings, combining for a perfect six innings for Red to wrap the event.

The Bats

Day One

  • Red pushed three across in the bottom of the 1st, on successive RBI singles by Pages, Gunnar Lambert and Killian McCray, and based on the aforementioned scoring system, earned the first point of the Series
  • Navy got two back in the top of the 2nd, both coming on a two-out triple by Richie Nizza, and looked primed for a point to tie, but Red saw Cody Wilson reach on a single, Joe Montes double him in, and Montes score on a two-run home run to right by David Miranda. That gave Red a 2-0 points lead
  • Pages had the next run-scoring hit, a double in the bottom of the 4th to plate Miranda. That also marked the 12th hit of the game for Red to that point
  • Navy tallied two more in the top of the 6th, on an RBI triple by Diamond Johnson, scoring Steven Revilla, and Johnson scoring on a throwing error at third base. Red was kept off the board, giving Navy their first point to cut the deficit to 3-1
  • “Udie” Andru Summerall knocked in Tyler Frank with a single in the top of the 7th for Navy, which closed the gap further. Though they did not score in their final at-bat, Red still took a 3-2 lead at the conclusion of the first day
  • Pages was 4-for-4 on Wednesday. That, combined with Miranda’s 3-for-4 showing, made for more hits for the duo (seven) than Navy had all day (six); Red had 13 hits total on the first afternoon

Day Two

  • Navy got on the board first in the day’s second inning (9th of the Series) to knot things up at 3-3. Two runs scored: Jacob Pino knocked in the first with an RBI single, and the second came around on an error
  • After Red threatened but couldn’t score in the top half, Revilla launched a solo home run in bottom of four to give Navy their first lead at 4-3
  • Miranda answered for Red in the fifth with his second home run of the Series, an absolute no-doubter to right, tying things up
  • An inning later, with Miranda on base, Pages followed suit with blast of his own, this one deep to left-center to continue his hot hitting in the Series. With Navy not scoring in their ensuing half, Red regained the lead at 5-4
  • Once more, the event was squared up, on Summerall’s first-pitch home run to right to lead off the bottom of the 7th for Navy
  • Red was down to their final out in the 8th, but McCray reached on an error and scored on a single to center by Mariano Ricciardi
  • That run was enough for Red to have the advantage for the second straight day, now at 6-5
  • Miranda had his second straight multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 for Red, while Revilla was 4-for-5 for half of Navy’s hits on Thursday

Day Three

  • After Pages’ two-run single in the opening frame Friday, Ricciardi added a third run for Red with a single in the gap, and they’d take a two-point advantage at 7-5
  • In the day’s second inning, Miranda clobbered his third home run of the Series (one on each day)
  • During the same at-bat, Pages drew a two-out walk, Lambert hit a screamer down the first base line for an RBI double, and McCray followed with a run-scoring double of his own in the gap. A scoreless bottom half for Navy pushed the Red lead to 8-5
  • Miranda notched his fifth RBI, second of the day, with a double to the fence to score Montes, who had doubled the at-bat prior. Coupled with a zero, the Red victory was clinched at 9-5 with three innings left
  • Jeremy Kennedy-Davis extended the 4th with a two-out double
  • After that, the bats were quiet on both side, as Red took the win by a 9-5 final score

 

The Arms

Day One

  • The opening half-inning saw Navy put two on and one out, but Red starter Nick Prather got out of the jam with a strikeout and flyout
  • Prather struck out the side in the top of the 3rd inning as well, the 4-5-6 hitters in the Navy lineup
  • Chris Moore matched his counterpart with a 1-2-3 bottom half of the 3rd, including a strikeout, and Prather once more did the same in top of four, ending it with a punchout. At that point the sophomore had retired seven straight
  • Ruff relieved Prather in the 5th inning and kept the advantage, and Marc Stewart replaced Moore in the bottom half of that same frame, also scoreless
  • Weston Clemente wrapped the day on the hill for Red, giving up a run in the top of the 7th
  • Zach Schneider became the third Navy pitcher and dealt a 1-2-3 bottom half (groundout-strikeout-strikeout), closing it to that one-run gap

Day Two

  • Kyle Marman took the ball for Navy and pitched a perfect opening frame, while Vince Coletti drew the second day start for Red and also had a scoreless first (technically the 8th inning)
  • Marman wriggled out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation in his fourth inning of work and allowed just one hit and no runs during his stint
  • Eric Keating relieved Marman for Navy in the day’s fifth inning, while Red sent out Jordan Poore to replace Coletti
  • As his offense had back-to-back innings with home runs, Poore was perfect in his two innings of work
  • Nick Swan came on in the 7th for Navy, and was helped out by a nice running catch by leftfielder Blake Sanderson for the inning’s first out
  • For Red, Drew Peden was next, also in the 7th. He served up Summerall’s home run to tie it but recovered to strand a runner at third for no more damage
  • After a hard-luck unearned run scored against him in the 8th, Swan got a strikeout to keep it at a one-run inning
  • Peden kept his squad ahead by going strikeout-walk-flyout-strikeout in the final inning. He had four of the Red staff’s 10 strikeouts; Coletti and Poore had three each

Day Three

  • The final day matchup to start was Blake Sanderson for Navy and Red trotting out Miednik
  • After a three-spot against Sanderson, Miednik clinched a two-point lead for his Red team with three straight strikeouts, throwing just 16 pitches
  • An inning later, Miednik was perfect again, and Red moved ahead by three
  • Stewart came on for the second time in the three days, for Navy in the 3rd. After a run scored against him, he stranded a runner at third with a strikeout
  • Meanwhile, Miednik made it 9 up, 9 down with a 1-2-3 3rd, the last two by punchout
  • Stewart kept Red off the scoreboard for the first time Friday in the 4th
  • The final frame for Miednik included two more strikeouts. His line was four innings, no hits or walks, and eight strikeouts
  • For the 5th, Zach Schneider scaled the mound for Navy and as he did Wednesday, did not allow a runner (he would do the same to close out the 6th inning). Ruff matched Schneider in his two-inning stint, completing the perfect six innings for Red

 

What's Next

Friday marked the official end of fall team practice for the squad. The annual Iron Owl competition begins on Monday, and will last throughout next week. The first day of spring practice is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26, two weeks ahead of the team’s first game of 2018, Feb. 16 versus George Washington at FAU Baseball Stadium.

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