PEMBROKE – The Gold team utilized a pair of hits and two untimely miscues to plate four unearned runs in the fourth behind a solid effort from southpaw Justin Yow and rallied for a 6-2 victory over its black-jerseyed counterparts in Game 5 of the UNCP's annual Fall World Series Monday afternoon at Sammy Cox Field.
Derek Funk tripled and drove in a pair of runs to highlight a 3-for-5 plate performance, while teammates Jason Coker and Aaron Parnell both registered 2-for-4 hitting lines to key a 10-hit attack for Gold. Kyle Adair doubled in a run for Black, with two other players registering singles.
Yow (1-1) struck out eight and allowed just two hits over six innings from the hill to pick up the win for the Gold team and get his side back into a series that had been dominated by the Black team. Matt Key finished off the victory with three solid innings of work and picked up a multi-inning save after yielding just one hit and fanning six. All-American Matt McGovern (1-1) offset an 8-strikeout showing by allowing nine hits and six runs in taking the loss for Black.
With a series victory well within reach, Black used errors in consecutive at-bats to plate a lone run in the first, but Gold struck back in a big way in the next half-inning by taking a lead it would not relinquish. Facing the 1-0 deficit in the top of the second, Gold sent seven batters to the plate in the 4-run inning, and then added single runs in the third and fourth frames to blow the game wide open.
With hits at a premium, Black did manage to cut into its deficit with a run in the fourth, getting Joe Mangum aboard via a leadoff error to set the table for a run-scoring double by Adair.