FAYETTEVILLE – Game five of the Cardinal-White series was suspended after the 14th inning with the game tied at three on Thursday evening at Baum Stadium.
Game five of the series will resume on Saturday at Noon. If needed, game six will be played immediately following game five.
Neither team was able to score after the top of the seventh as the bullpens for both teams dominated the other team’s offense. The White bullpen tossed 11 shutout innings, combining for 15 strikeouts. The Cardinal bullpen pitched nine innings, giving up just one run and combining to strike out nine.
Ryne Stanek tossed four shutout innings for White, striking out five. Colby Suggs struck out six over 2.2 hitless innings, while Jake Acker pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. For Cardinal, DJ Baxendale allowed just one run and struck out four in four innings. Nolan Sanburn pitched four shutout innings, while Jacob Morris had a scoreless frame to his credit.
Both teams had chances to score in the late innings and into extra innings. In the top of the ninth, White had runners on first and third with one out, but Jimmy Bosco grounded into a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Cardinal had the bases loaded with one out, but Colby Suggs was able to strike out the next two batters to end the inning. Cardinal had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 14th with one out, but again White was able to escape the jam.
Eric Fisher had three hits, including a homer and two RBI, to lead White at the plate. Joe Serrano also added two hits and a RBI. Cardinal was led by David Masters, who went 2-for-6 with a RBI. Sam Bates and Matt Vinson also had a RBI for Cardinal.
Cardinal struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first. Bo Bigham singled to start the inning and then moved to second on a walk to Dominic Ficociello. A walk to Dane Phillips loaded the bases. Sam Bates then hit a grounder to second. The second baseman’s throw to short was dropped by the shortstop, allowing each runner to move up a base and scoring Bigham. After a strikeout, Vinson hit a fly ball to right that was dropped by Derrick Bleeker in right field. Bleeker was able to throw to second base to retire Bates for the second out. The second baseman then threw to third where Phillips was tagged out to end the inning. However, before the double play was completed, Ficociello scored from third to put Cardinal in front 2-0.
Cardinal stretched the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth. Bates singled to center to lead off the inning. A throwing error by the pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt allowed Bates to advance to second. Morris then walked and Bates moved to third on a wild pitch. After a strikeout to Vinson, Morris moved to second on a stolen base. Masters drove in a run with a single to center field.
White got back in the game with two runs in the top of the fifth. Fisher started the inning with a solo homer to right field. Bleeker then drew a four-pitch walk. A double to the left-center field alley by Joe Serrano advanced Bleeker to third. After the next two batters struck out, Bleeker was able to score when the catcher attempted pickoff throw to third hit Bleeker and rolled into foul territory.
White tied the game and scored the final run of the night in the top of the seventh. Fisher led off the frame with a single to center and then stole second base. With one out, a wild pitch advanced Fisher to third base. Serrano laid down a suicide squeeze bunt up the third base line. Fisher was able to score on the play and Serrano reached base on the bunt single.