The Woodward News

Sports

June 22, 2012

Travelers start tourney 1-1

Woodward, Okla. — OMAHA, Neb. – Woodward went 1-1 Thursday on the opening day of the College World Series Tournament.

The Travelers opened the day with a 9-4 loss to Gailesville, Ill., then bounced back to defeat Chico, Calif. 3-1.

Woodward, 16-12, will face St. Mary's out of Colorado Springs today at 9:30 a.m. On Saturday, the Travelers will play Walton, Ind. at 8 a.m. (the game was rained out on Wednesday night) and Elkhorn, Neb., at 2:30 p.m.

Against Chico, Woodward's Shawn Hunter tossed a 4-hitter and the Travelers scored twice in the top of the 7th inning for the win.

Woodward took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Mason Marshall singled and came on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Alvarez.

Chico evened the score in the 3rd on 2 hits and a fielder's choice.

It stayed 1-1  until the 7th.

With one out, Connor Ross reached on an error and Marshall doubled. Clayton Stoup hit a sacrifice fly to break the tie, then Alvarez doubled to score Marshall.

Hunter finished strong, striking out the side in the bottom of the 7th. For the game, Hunter had 12 strikeouts, including the last 5 hitters he faced.

A 5-run 3rd inning doomed the Travelers against Gailesville.

Woodward led 2-1 after 2 innings, but the Illinois team broke loose in the third inning and took control.

Gailesville had 14 hits against Traveler pitchers Alvarez and Cameron Ray. Alvarez started and took the loss and Ray relieved during the 4th inning.

Woodward got 2 runs in the first inning as Ross was hit by a pitch and Marshall singled. Ross scored on the back end of a double steal and Stoup singled home the second run.

Zach Friesen led off the 5th inning with a home run, then in the 7th, Alvarez singled and scored on a grounder by Friesen.

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