FAYETTEVILLE — Senior left-handed pitcher Randall Fant and junior right hander Ryne Stanek combined on a four-hit shutout as White defeated Cardinal, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon in game three of the Cardinal-White series. The victory gives White a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game four of the series will be played Wednesday with game time scheduled for 3 p.m. The pitching staff for the White team was outstanding as Fant and Stanek combined for the team’s second-straight shutout in the series. Fant earned the win on the mound, working the first eight innings and scattering four hits, while striking out two. Stanek recorded the save with a scoreless ninth inning, which included two strikeouts. Jalen Beeks and Colby Suggs each pitched for the Cardinal team. Beeks started and took the loss after surrendering three runs, two earned, on seven hits and striking out nine. Suggs struck out four and gave up just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings. Brett McAfee was the offensive star of the game for the White team, finishing the game with three hits, including a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the first. Jacob Mahan went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Joe Serrano accounted for half of the Cardinal team’s four hits, finishing the game with a 2-for-3 performance. Josh Alberius and Jordan Farris each had one hit. White wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning as McAfee sent the fourth pitch he saw from Beeks over the wall in center field, just to the left of the batter’s eye. The White team struck again in the bottom of the third inning with two runs. McAfee started the rally with a single to right and then advanced to third on a double down the left field line by Mahan. A balk by Beeks scored McAfee and advanced Mahan to third. After the next two batters were retired, Isaac Hellbusch drew a walk. Hellbusch them attempted to steal second on a delayed steal attempt. Jean Ramirez’s throw to second hit Hellbusch and went into center field, allowing Mahan to score from third to make the score 3-0. The Cardinal team offense was never able to get on track as White closed out the game with a 3-0 win. Game four of the series is scheduled for Wednesday with first pitch set for 3 p.m. Sophomore Chris Oliver will start for the White team, while freshman Trey Killian will start for Cardinal.
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