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Team Bain Wins to Even Baseball Fall World Series
Tanner Vavra had three hits and scored two runs as Team Bain evened up the series. (Steve Woltmann)
Tanner Vavra had three hits and scored two runs as Team Bain evened up the series. (Steve Woltmann)

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Valparaiso University baseball team held game two of its Fall World Series on Tuesday afternoon, with Team Bain defeating Team Wormington by a score of 7-3 to even the series at one game apiece. 

Team Bain held an early 2-0 lead after the first inning as Mark Johnson (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and Tanner Vavra (Menomonie, Wis./Menomonie) had back-to-back singles, with both scoring on a Spencer Mahoney (LaGrange, Park, Ill./Lyons Township) single and sacrifice fly by Elliott Martin (Irvine, Calif./University).

Team Wormington answered back in the top of the second inning as Billy Cribbs (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) had an RBI single to score Andrew Bynum (Huntington Beach, Calif./Ocean View), who had doubled earlier in the inning.

However, Team Bain continued to put runs on the board, highlighted by a third inning which produced singles by both Vavra and Michael Morman (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic ) followed by a Mahoney triple. Once again, Team Wormington responded in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer by Bynum. But that would be as close as Team Wormington would get as Team Bain scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and two runs in the sixth.

Team Bain was led by a trio of hitters: Mahoney, who finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs; Vavra, who was also 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored; and Morman, who contributed a 2-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI, two walks and three runs scored.  Freshman Trevor Haas (Chicago, Ill./Hersey) earned the win on the mound, going 4.1 innings giving up just five hits and striking out three. Sophomore Zack Walsh (Batesville, Ind./Batesville) got out of a second and third with one out jam with a strikeout and popup in the fifth inning. He also pitched a scoreless sixth and was followed by junior Sean Kennedy (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township), who finished the game with an easy seventh inning, striking out two.

Team Wormington was led offensively by Bynum, who went 2-for 3 with a double, a two-run homer, and two runs scored. Cribbs added two hits and an RBI.

Game three of the Fall World Series will take place on Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at Emory G. Bauer Field.