ARLINGTON, Texas – Daniel James worked four one-run innings to help push Team Smith to a series-evening 5-3 win over Team Bocchi in the second game of the UTA baseball Fall World Series, on Friday evening at Clay Gould Ballpark.
After Team Bocchi opened the series with a 2-1 win on a walk-off hit from Easton Johnson in the ninth inning on Wednesday, Team Smith answered to even up the series. Game three – of a potential five-game series – will be played on Saturday at 9 a.m. CT at Clay Gould Ballpark.
Behind the pitching of James – a senior All-Conference selection – and a three-run fourth inning, Team Smith coached by UTA assistant Fuller Smith edged Team Bocchi, coached by assistant coach Joel Bocchi. James, a native of Lubbock, Texas, allowed just two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in his four frames. Carlos Tavera worked three innings in relief, with Ryan Buss worked the final two innings with just a hit and walk allowed for the save.
Trae Patterson worked three innings in the start, with senior southpaw Jake Wilcox adding three innings in relief. Sophomore Dylan Schneider, who worked a shutout appearance on Wednesday, tossing two innings with just a hit allowed.
Team Smith got a two-hit game from Josh Minjarez, Jakob Nunez and Noah Vaughan, with Christian Hollie and David Renning each adding hits. Bocchi's Boys were paced by two-hit games from RJ Williams, with Johnson, Boone Montgomery, Omar Salinas, Phil Berthiaume and Ty Sawka collecting hits.
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