Courtesy: Emeralds Media Relations
EUGENE, OR – Another pitcher’s duel at PK Park Wednesday as Will Scott got the start and went six shutout innings. The best scoring opportunity of the night for Everett came in the top of the 1st when Jamodrick McGruder took a leadoff walk and wound up at 3rd base with one out and Mike Zunino at the plate. The Golden Spikes Award winner in College Baseball this year grounded out to 3rd and McGruder was tagged out in a rundown. Scott would give up two hits with two outs in the 2nd inning for the only hits he allowed in the game. He would strike out Richie Palase to end the 2nd which started a string of 13 consecutive hitters that Scott would retire through the top of the 6th.
Pat Murphy then handed the ball over to lefty reliever Chris Nunn who allowed an infield single and a walk to set up two on and nobody out in the top of the 7th. Nunn struck out Alfredo Morales and Marcus Littlewood giving him 27 strikeouts in 19.1 innings this year. Still with two on and two down, Janelfry Zorilla hit a sinking liner towards center field that Ronnie Richardson made a do-or-die sliding catch on to save a run and keep the game scoreless through seven innings.
The game remained 0-0 into the bottom of the 8th with two outs untilAlberth Martinez drew a walk from Everett reliever Marcos Reyna. Reyna retired the first eight men he facedafter relieving Scott DeCecco who pitched five shutout innings in his own right. Ronnie Richardson cashed in on the free baserunner by crushing a triple off the wall in left center breaking the scoreless tie. The ball went in and out of the glove of center fielder Janelfry Zorilla and Alberth Martinez was motoring all the way with two outs. Jonathan Roof added an RBI single giving Eugene a 2-0 lead heading to the 9th.
Ems closer Roman Madrid came in and hit Zunino with a 1-1 pitch bringing the tying run to the plate with nobody out. Madrid would get the league’s leading home run hitters Taylor Ard and Patrick Kivlehan on a groundout and a pop out before striking out Alfredo Morales to end thegame. Madrid racked up his league leading 10th save and the Ems have taken over first place by a half game.
The Emeralds will be looking for the sweep tomorrow night here at PK Park, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.