Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baseball: Western Carolina's Fall World Series

The Gold Team rallied from one game down to take the final two games over the Purple Team in the best of three series to win the WCU Fall World Series at Hennon Stadium in Wednesday night's finale.   

"Overall, I thought it was a very competitive set of World Series scrimmages," said WCU head coach Bobby Moranda. "There was a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy. I am looking for that type of activity to carry over into the spring in our quest for a Southern Conference championship."

The coaching staff selected a pair of MVP's for the fall series.  Julian Ridings was named offensive MVP while Jordan Smith was tabbed pitching MVP.  Ridings is a  Shelby, N.C., native  and hit 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles, driving in seven runs during the three-game series.   Freshman right-hander Jordan Smith is from Liberty, N.C., and  worked five innings of two-hit baseball, striking out three without a walk in securing the win which evened the best-of-three series.

The Fall Series concludes practice for this year, but first pitch for the new season is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18 against Morehead State in Cullowhee.