Oct. 8, 2013
THE FLATS – Four pitchers for #TeamIsaacs combined for a no-hitter and the offense got going as Isaacs’ team pounded out nine runs and 10 hits and handed #TeamHyde a 9-0 defeat Tuesday afternoon in Game 3 of the White-Gold Series at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The best-of-seven series still favors #TeamHyde, 2-1, and Game 4 is set for Friday at 3:45 p.m. at the Rusty C.
#TeamIsaacs scored on a two-out error in the fifth to break the scoreless tie and blew the game open with a six-run uprising in the seventh. Eight different players combined for #TeamIsaacs’ 10 hits, with senior Mitch Earnest and sophomore Sam Clay each collecting a pair of hits.
After #TeamHyde won the first two games of the series by a combined 15-3, freshman RHP Matt Phillips got the start and set the tone for #TeamIsaacs. The rookie from Milton, Ga., fired four innings of hitless ball, allowing two walks with one strikeout to bounce back from his Game 1 loss and earn the victory (1-1).
After watching his team take the 1-0 lead in the fifth, Isaacs dominated in his three perfect innings of relief with five strikeouts to keep his team in front. Freshman RHP Ben Schniederjans and senior RHP Jonathan Roberts finished it off, each throwing one perfect inning.
A one-out walk in the third was the last base runner for #TeamHyde.
Freshman Connor Justus, who was hit by a pitch in the top of the fifth, eventually scored on a two-out error in the infield as the go-ahead run. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly during #TeamIsaacs’ six-run seventh inning.
Earnest was 2-for-4 with a double in the fourth and an RBI single in the seventh. Clay, a sophomore pitcher who finished 2-for-3 at the plate, hammered a two-run triple to the left-field gap during the seventh-inning onslaught.
Junior RHP Josh Heddinger got the start for #TeamHyde and pitched shutout ball with two hits and three strikeouts over four innings of work but did not factor in the decision. Sophomore Kyle Leach allowed the unearned run in the fifth and was hung the tough-luck loss (0-1).