Greensboro, NC (10/08/02) - Team Cardinal scored more runs after its first 12 batters of Game 3 than it had in all of the first two games combined and inched within a game of evening the Guilford College World Series with a 12-0 pummeling of previously undefeated Team Black.
Jackson took the defeat in stride. "Those guys can really hit!" he said.
Sophomore reliever Scott Chewning (aka The Guy that looks like the Guy) fared no better as the hot Cardinal bats broke out and scored 12 runs off the guys in just 2 1/3 innings. By the time senior designated hitter RJ Marks took the hill in the third, the only question was who had to leave for volleyball.
"The Guy will have better days, and so will the guy that looks like The Guy," said a discouraged Marks. "You never really know who is going to deal until after the game is over. Sometimes the reliever looks like a better choice once a game is over, but the starter seemed to be the guy to go with. It's not like we were trying to lose."
Cardinal got the gem of the series so far from starter (and winner) Ciahnan Miller. Miller allowed a bloop single to Jeff Roberts in the fourth and a line drive by Brad Franklin in the fifth, then scattered six walks while striking out nine in going the route for Team Cardinal.
"I was a little shaky early, but the three double-plays really bailed us out," noted Miller. Miller's six walks are a series high, but he allowed only three in his final six innings of work.
Hitting stars were everywhere for Team Cardinal as nine of 11 batters recorded at least one base hit. The biggest blow to the Cards, however, may be the loss of senior third baseman Andrew Duffy with possible torn ligaments in his ankle, suffered while taking a step following his leadoff double in the first.
"Usually I don't have any trouble staying on my feet," Duffy said. "I wasn't even chewing gum when it happened."
Duffy, the trainer on call, diagnosed himself from flat on his back. He said, "I hit that one good, but my ankle hurts."
Duffy doesn't look good on crutches and both teams hope he won't require surgery. He will be reevaluated in about a week and a half. In the meantime, Duffy is wearing trainer Casey Henritz's Achilles tendon immobilizer, which is only slightly too tall.
Game Four beckons Wednesday with overcast skies and a threat of rain. Temperatures have dropped into the 60's, but the colder the better it seems for Team Cardinal. It will send Game 1 starter Mike Balash to the hill to try and even the series. Team Black counters with Brad Franklin. So far in the series both pitchers have been more productive with their bats than their arms, but on any given day, the arms will tell the story. First pitch Wednesday is 2:45. Game 5, if necessary, will be Friday.