FAYETTEVILLE – Chris Oliver
and Brandon Moore
combined for a five-hit shutout as White defeated Cardinal, 3-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Baum Stadium.
The victory gives the White team a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series. Game five of the series is scheduled for Thursday at 3 p.m. Redshirt senior left-handed pitcher Trent Daniel will start for White, while senior lefty Tyler Wright will start for Cardinal.
The White team continued to put zeroes on the scoreboard in the series, recording a shutout for the third-straight game. Oliver started and earned the win after tossing 6.1 innings and giving up four hits with three strikeouts. Moore came in and picked up the save, striking out two and allowing one hit in 2.2 innings.
Trey Killian started for Cardinal and pitched well, but took the loss. Killian allowed one unearned run on four hits and struck out four in five innings.
was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the White team offensively. Jacob Mahan
drove in two runs and went 1-for-2, while Brett McAfee added two hits and scored a run.
Cardinal had five hits in the loss, with five different players recording one hit each. Dominic Ficociello
, Eric Fisher
, Jacob Morris
, Joe Serrano
and Tyler Spoon
each had a hit.
Neither team was able to get anything going offensively for the first five innings. White broke through with the game’s first run in the bottom of the sixth. Willie Schwanke began the inning with a double that one hopped the right field fence. After the next two batters struck out, Schwanke advanced to third on a wild pitch. Vinson then hit a soft liner to third that third baseman Jordan Farris wasn’t able to handle, allowing Schwanke to score from third with the game’s first run on the error.
White tacked on some insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. Wise led off the inning with a single to center, but was thrown out at second on a bunt attempt by Garrett Rucker. A base hit to center by McAfee put runners on first and second. Mahan then doubled to the right-center field alley, scoring both base runners to give White a 3-0 lead.
Cardinal brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but was unable to push any runs across. With one out, Serrano doubled down the left field line and then advanced to third on a groundout to first by Fisher. Spoon was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners for Ficociello. Moore got Ficociello to ground out to short to end the game and give White a 3-0 win.