WKU Baseball closed out game one of its intersquad Fall World Series Thursday afternoon at Nick Denes Field, with Team Black earning a 6-0 win over Team Red in the series opener.

With the win, Team Black now holds a 1-0 edge in the three-game series.

“Defensively we handled the ball really well,” said Team Black Sr. Vice President Kevin Lambert. “From innings one through five, our pitchers started off with an 0-1 count. They filled up the strike zone except for one batter, and really competed. Offensively, we played the short game really well. We were aggressive and [Jackson] Swiney and [Jake] Kates came up with some really big hits.”

Team Black deployed four pitchers en route to the shutout, with Dalton Shoemake, Jack Lambert, Jake Kates and Connor Stephens all seeing time on the bump. Shoemake earned the start, tossing two innings of hitless ball while striking out a pair. Lambert then entered in relief, throwing two frames while whiffing one batter. Kates later struck out two in one inning of work before Stephens came in to close things out in the final frame while collecting two strikeouts of his own.

Kates performed well at the plate as well, going 1-for-2 with a two-run long ball. Jackson Swiney also impressed offensively, collecting three RBI with a home run of his own while adding a walk. Junior Coleman also went 1-for-2 in the contest while adding one walk and one steal, with Lambert contributing a 1-for-3 effort to go along with an RBI-double.

Team Red utilized three pitchers for the game one matchup in Collin Lollar, Ryan Luckett and AJ Peters. Peters produced the best showing of the trio, tossing 1.1 innings of hitless ball while adding a strikeout.

Offensively, Richard Constantine and Eric Riffe collected the teams’ lone hits on the night. Riffe went 1-for-2 with a double, while Constantine produced a 1-for-3 effort.

“I expect us to come out hot,” said Team Red Sr. Vice President Ray Zuberer III of his game two goals. “It all starts on the bump. Things just didn’t go our way today, but that’s baseball. I expect us to get a win tomorrow – just come out hot, swing the sticks, fill up the strike zone, play the short game well – and the Red Team will come out on top tomorrow.”

The squads will pick back up Fall World Series play tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. CT.

-@WKUSports-

Matt Keenan

Assistant Director

WKU Athletic Communications / Media Relations

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