Oct. 9, 2002
Overall Series Statistics
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Team Gray defeated Team Scarlet 5-1 Wednesday night to win the shortened Scarlet and Gray World Series at Bill Davis Stadium, 2-1. The teams were originally scheduled to play a best-of-five intrasquad series, however a lack of available pitching forced the elimination of games four and five that would have been played later this week.
In fact, Wednesday’s game was lengthened to nine innings after coach Bob Todd realized their would not be enough pitching between two teams to conclude the best-of-five game series. The game was called after eight innings after the Scarlet team ran out of pitchers.
The Gray jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the third inning. Centerfielder Steve Caravati (So., Dover, Ohio/Dover) got things started with a one-out double. He was then hit in by third baseman Terry Pettorini (Jr., Wooster, Ohio/Wooster) who singled up the middle. A double to left-centerfield by first baseman Paul Farinacci (So., Westlake Village, Calif./Agoura) scored Pettorini from first and give the Gray the 2-0 edge.
That remained the score until the fifth inning when Scarlet managed its only run of the game. A lead off base hit down the leftfield line by third baseman Kris Moorman (Fr., St. Henry, Ohio/St. Henry) led to the run. He moved to second on a base hit by designated hitter Brian Panke (So., Jenks, Okla./Jenks). The two of them moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by leftfielder Drew Thomas (Fr., Mechanicsburg, Ohio/Briggs). Moorman scored on a ground out by Mike Rabin (So., West Chester, Ohio/Lakota East).
The Gray built its lead by three runs in the seventh inning. After a ground out to start the inning, Caravati drew a walk and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. He slid under the tag at home on Pettorini’s fielder’s choice. Farinacci followed with a single through the right side and moved Pettorini to third. Pettorini scored on a toss from the pitcher trying to hold Farinacci at first. Farinacci then scored the final run of the game on a base hit to right-centerfield by catcher Derek Kinnear (Jr., Kenton, Ohio/Kenton).
Right-handed pitcher Doug Carpenter (Fr., Bryan, Ohio/Bryan) got the win for the Gray. He allowed the lone Scarlet run on five hits while striking out three against two walks. Right-handed pitcher Trey Fausnaugh (Fr., Circleville, Ohio/Westfall) got the loss for the Scarlet. In his five-inning effort, he gave up just two runs on seven hits. He struck out two batters and walked another.
For the series, Farinacci, of the Team Gray, went 5-for-9 with a pair of runs batted in. Four other players had four hits apiece, including Christian Snavely (Jr., Defiance, Ohio/Defiance), who had a home run and double in the first game of the series. Kinnear, Drew Anderson (So., Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) and Doug Larason (Jr., Alexandria, Ohio/Johnstown) also had four hits in the series.
The Scarlet and Gray World Series concluded the fall practice schedule for the Buckeyes, who will next open the 2003 season, Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Tournament of Champions Cardinal Classic at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The Buckeyes will play Lamar, Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri State. All three teams were in the NCAA Tournament in 2002.