WACO, Texas -- Baylor baseball began its annual five-game intrasquad Sic `Em World Series on Friday evening at Baylor Ballpark, and Team Green came away with a 9-1 win over Team Gold.
Gold struck first in the top of the second inning. Hunter Seay led off with a single and scored on a double by Jacob Wyeth. However, Green had an answer in the bottom half. Tucker Johnson started the frame with a single, and an out later, Chase Wehsener doubled home the tying run.
Both teams' starting pitchers then settled in. Green's Cody Bradford tossed six innings and gave up one run with six strikeouts and no walks. Gold's Jacob Ashkinos threw five innings, allowing one run with four strikeouts and one walk.
Green's Collin Garrett then came in for two scoreless innings to set up a huge bottom of the eighth for his team. Andy Thomas began the rally with a leadoff single, and Green loaded the bases with a walk by Johnson and bunt single by Ryan Bertelsman. Wehsener then delivered another big hit with a two-run single. Davion Downey followed with an RBI double. After Levi Gilcrease singled on a bunt that forced a bad throw to first to score another run, Richard Cunningham and Nick Loftin walked to load the bases. Davis Wendzel hit a sacrifice fly and Thomas capped the rally with a two-run double for a 9-1 lead that stood.
Top hitters on the day for Green included Wendzel (2-for-4, two doubles, one RBI), Thomas (2-for-5, one double, two RBI, one run), Johnson (3-for-4, one walk, one run), Bertelsman (2-for-5, two runs), Wehsener (2-for-4, one double, three RBI).
Gold's Cole Haring, Seay, Tucker Cascadden, Wyeth, Kyle Horn and Billy Mote all had one hit apiece.
The series resumes Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. The remaining three games after that will be on Nov. 16 at 5 p.m., Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. All games are free and open to the public.