NCAA College World Series Game #11: #3 Oregon State vs Mississippi State

The NCAA College World Series continues with Game #11, which features unranked Mississippi State looking for a single win to send them to the Best-Of-Three Championship Series, as they face #3 Oregon State. Coverage begins at 2:40 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport.

Muckdogs Stun Cutters

Batavia, N.Y.. – After holding Batavia scoreless through the first seven innings, the Crosscutters watched their five-run lead go by the wayside in 6-5 walk-off loss to open the road trip.

Matt Vierling got the Crosscutters night going early, singling to center field and reaching 2nd base on a error on the third pitch of the game. After a Keudy Bocio sacrifice bunt that placed Vierling on 3rd base, Vierling raced home on a wild pitch by Batavia starter Alberto Guerrero to give the Cutters a 1-0 lead.

Brayan Gonzalez capped the Williamsport scoring in the opening frame with a RBI double down the left field line, scoringBen Pelletier from 2nd base to extend the Crosscutters lead to 2-0. The RBI was the 2nd of the season for Gonzalez and his first since Opening Night.

Williamsport extended their lead in the top of the 5th inning, as Keudy Bocio singled sharply through the left side, scoringStoney O’Brien from 2nd base to give Williamsport a 3-0 lead against the Muckdogs starter. For Bocio, it was his 2nd run batted in on the year.

Cutters starting pitcher Ethan Lindow gave the Cutters five shutout innings in his second start of the season. The lefty worked around three hits and three walks while striking out five Muckdogs batters while looking for his first win of the season.

The Cutters offense added on to their lead in the top of the 6th inning against Batavia reliever Dylan Cyphert. CatcherNerluis Martinez led off the frame with a single, then scored on a Stoney O’Brien RBI ground out to 3rd base, making it 4-0 Williamsport, on O’Brien’s 1st RBI of the season.

Matt Vierling singled to center field, chasing home Jesus Henriquez with two out, advancing the Crosscutters lead to 5-0. For Vierling, it was his third hit of the night and gave him his 2nd RBI on the year.

Rafael Carvajal relieved Lindow, giving Williamsport two shutout innings out of the bullpen. Carvajal allowed a walk and a base hit while striking out a pair during his outing before being relieved by Oscar Marcelino in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Marcelino struggled, allowing all five batters he faced to reach base on two walks, two hits and a hit batter, before being removed for Jose Jimenez with the bases loaded and two runs already home.

Jimenez retired all three batters he faced in the 8th inning, but allowed an inherited run to score on a sacrifice fly by Denis Karas. Batavia scored three runs in all in the bottom of the 8th inning, all charged to Marcelino, cutting the Williamsport lead to 5-3.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Jose Jimenez retired the first batter he faced only to walk the next to put a runner on first base. After the walk, Pat Borders made the move to the bullpen to get closer Luis Ramirez.

Ramirez nearly got the game-ending double play on the first batter he faced, getting Demitirus Sims to hit a grounder to Jesus Henriquez at 3rd, who threw on to 2nd for the 2nd out of the inning. Unfortunately the relay throw from Brayan Gonzalez was late and wide to 1st base allowing Sims to reach.

Jerar Encarnacion blistered a single over the leaping glove of Gonzalez at 2nd base moving Sims to 3rd base. Encarnacion moved to 2nd base on the play on a error by Gonzalez trying to handle the throw back into the infield.

J.D. Osbourne tied the game, singling through the left side against Ramirez, chasing home both Sims and Encarnacion, handing Ramirez his first blown save of the year.

After a walk to Albert Guaimaro to put the winning run at 2nd base, Harrison White pinch ran for Osbourne. Sean Reynoldsscored White with a single into right field, giving the Muckdogs the 6-5 walk off win.

The Crosscutters continue their six-game road trip tomorrow night in Batavia against the Muckdogs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium

Cutter Carvings – Cutters starting pitching has not allowed a run over their last 28 innings of work… Williamsport pitchers had not allowed a run over their last 26 innings before the Muckdogs scored in the 8th inning…The Crosscutters have lost both of their games on the road in walk-off fashion…

Pitching Dominates Doubledays

Williamsport, P.A. – For the second-straight night, Crosscutters pitching denied the DoubleDays from crossing home plate, as Williamsport blanked Auburn 2-0, earning the three-game series sweep.

Jhordany Mezquita picked up where Gustavo Armas left off, delivering another strong start in his Crosscutters debut.

Mezquita allowed a first inning single to Jason Martinson, but was able to induce the inning-ending double play to toss a scoreless first inning.

After working around a base hit in a scoreless second inning, picking up a pair of strike outs, Mezquita struck out the side in a perfect third inning of work.

Mezquita ran into his only trouble of the night in the top of the 5th inning, allowing a pair of two-out single, but after a quick mound visit from pitching coach Hector Berrios, Mezquita struck out Cole Daily to end the frame and keeping the game score free.

Mezquita finished the night tossing five shutout frames, allowing four hits and striking out six. He finished the night not allowing a single walk.

The Crosscutters had multiple scoring chance in the early stages of the game, getting a triple in the bottom of the 1st from Rafael Marchan, but failing to score.

Abdallah Aris relieved Mezquita in the sixth inning and was outstanding, blanking the DoubleDays over three innings. The southpaw allowed one base runner on a single, and struck out a pair of Auburn batters to earn his first win in his first outing for Williamsport.

Williamsport started the second inning with back-to-back singles but had the next three batters retired, failing to score in the frame.

The Cutters also failed to score runners in scoring position in the forth inning after a Seth Lancaster double and in the fifth, leaving Matt Vierling on 2nd base.

Rafael Marchan was able to break the scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, singling through the drawn in infield to score Vierling, who led off the frame with a triple to left-center, giving the Cutters a 1-0 lead. It was Marchan’s 2nd RBI of the season.

Ben Pelleiter added an insurance run in the eighth, doubling off of the glove of Ricardo Mendez in deep center, scoring Marchan to extend the lead to 2-0. For Pelletier, it was his 2nd RBI on the season.

Luis Ramirez closed the door in the top of the ninth inning, striking out two Auburn batters in a perfect outing to earn his 2nd save of the season.

The Crosscutters start a six-game road trip tomorrow night in Batavia against the Muckdogs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Dwyer Stadium

Cutter Carvings – Cutters starting pitching has not allowed a run or a walk over their last 23 innings of work… It was the first three-game sweep of the season for the Crosscutters… The Crosscutters two triples, giving them two games with multiple triples and it was their fourth game with at least one triple…

NCAA College World Series Game #8: #5 Arkansas vs #9 Texas Tech

UPDATE: This game is in a delayed start due to rain. Coverage will resume at 3:20 p.m. on sister-station NewsTalk 104.1 & 1600 WEJS.

Day 5 of the 2018 College World Series begins as #9 Texas Tech looks to record back-to-back upsets as they face #5 Arkansas. Coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport.

Armas Twirls Seven Scoreless

Williamsport, P.A. – Crosscutters right-hander Gustavo Armas continued a string of solid starts as he tossed seven shutout frames en route to his first win as Williamsport blanks Auburn 4-0.

Gustavo Armas saw his second pitch of the game laced into right-center for a lead off single off of the bat of Gabe Canning. But Armas got a little help from his battery mate, Rafael Marchan, completing the strike’em out-throw’em out double play to clear the bases in a scoreless first.

After a one-out double by Isreal Pineda, it was Armas’ defense that came up big as third basemen Seth Lancaster made a fine diving stop and a strong throw to retire Cody Wilson in a scoreless second inning.

Armas, who had a very economical night on the mound worked around a two-out single in a scoreless third inning and then worked a perfect frame in a scoreless forth inning, utilizing his defense for two of the three outs.

The Cutters starter induced numerous ground balls throughout his outing, which helped him work around a two-out single in the top of the fifth inning. In all, Armas induced nine ground ball outs in his outing.

After Jonathan Guzman collected a lead off base hit in the bottom of the 5th inning, and advancing to 2nd base on a productive ground out by Lenin RodriguezEdwin Rodriguez scored Guzman with a RBI single to left to give the Crosscutters a 1-0 lead.

Armas recorded his second perfect inning of work in the top of the 6th inning, retiring the DoubleDays in order. To which the Cutters offense responded to help their hurler.

With Rafael Marchan on 3rd base, Danny Mayer drilled a Trey Turner offering 413 feet over the wall in left-center for his first home run of the season, advancing the Williamsport lead to 3-0 in the bottom half of the 6th and giving Mayer his 3rd and 4th RBI of the season.

Jonathan Guzman later in the inning, scored Seth Lancaster with a RBI single off of reliever Jhonathan German to make it a 4-0 Cutters lead. It was the first RBI of the season for the Williamsport shortstop.

Armas finished his night, working around a throwing error in the top of the seventh inning, picking up his seventh strikeout in the process.

Randy Alcantara entered in relief in the top of the eighth inning and would allow just one base runner, on a base hit over two shutout innings to close out the game and the win for Armas and the Crosscutters.

The Crosscutters wrap up their three-game set against the Auburn DoubleDays tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Cutter Carvings – Jonathan Guzman started the season 0 for 13 before his 5th inning single… Edwin Rodriguez is 5 for 7 with two doubles and two RBI in the first two games of this series… The seven innings was the longest outing for Armas in a Crosscutters uniform…

Doubledays at Crosscutters

The Williamsport Crosscutters continue their three-game set against the Auburn Doubledays this evening with the middle game at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. Coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport, a proud member of the Cutters Baseball Network.

NCAA College World Series Game #7: #1 Florida vs #13 Texas

Day 4 of the 2018 College World Series continues with the top-ranked Florida Gators finding themselves fighting for their tournament life, facing the #13 Texas Longhorns. Coverage begins at 3:10 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport.

NCAA College World Series Game #6: #6 North Carolina vs Mississippi State

The NCAA College World Series continues as Loyalsock alum and Colorado Rockies 12th-Round selection Kyle Datres and his #6 North Carolina Tar Heels look to move to 2-0 as they face unranked Mississippi State in Game #6. Coverage begins at 10:40 a.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport.

Bats Erupt In Win

Williamsport, P.A. – A night after failing to plate a single run in 10 innings, the Crosscutters pounded out a season-high 13 hits en route to a season-high seven runs in their 7-3 win over the Auburn DoubleDays.

In what seems to have become a trend, the Williamsport Crosscutters received another brilliant start, this time from right-hander Juan Escorcia, who retired the first 10 batters he faced to open the night.

Escorcia allowed just two base runners on the evening, including the lone base hit he surrendered, which came in his final inning of work. He finished allowing the one hit over five shutout innings, striking out seven DoubleDays batters without allowing a walk.

The Crosscutters offense, who failed to cash in on a scoring chance in the 3rd inning, were able to score the game’s first run in the the bottom of the 4th inning on a Danny Mayer RBI ground rule double to right field, giving Williamsport an 1-0 advantage.

Williamsport added on to their lead in the bottom of the 5th inning, using a Edwin Rodriguez RBI double that plated Jesus Henriquez, upping the lead to 2-0. Matt Vierling picked up his first RBI of the season with a two-out RBI single that score Rodriguez to give Williamsport a three-run lead at 3-0.

Auburn would crack the scoreboard in the top of the 6th inning, using a lead off triple from Nick Choruby to set the table. Cutters releiver Denny Martinez uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Choruby to scamper home and cut the deficit to 3-1. Martinez would get out of the inning, allowing the one run.

In the top of the 8th inning, the DoubleDays plated two more runs, again using a wild pitch after a triple to score Paul Caulfield making it 3-2 against Cutters reliever Anton Kuznetsov. Auburn plated the second run of the inning when Jamuri Blash grounded into a double play, allowing Choruby to score from 3rd to tie the game at 3-3. Kuznetsov limited the damage to the two runs in the inning.

In the 8th inning, Williamsport’s offense came to the aid of the pitching staff, plating four runs to retake the lead for good. In the frame, Williamsport got a RBI single from Ben Pelletier, an two-run triple from Seth Lancaster which was followed up by a RBI triple from Jesus Henriquez that nearly cleared the right field wall.

Kuznetzov finished the game, working around a two-out single to get the Crosscutters the 7-3 victory in front of the home crowd. The left hander finished the night allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two.

Crosscutters pitchers combined to strikeout 14 Auburn batters and walk just one, which is impressive, as the DoubleDays struck out just 18 times total in their three-game series against Batavia to open the season.

The Crosscutters remain at home as they continue a three-game set against the Auburn DoubleDays tomorrow night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. At BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

Cutter Carvings – No Crosscutters starting pitcher has yet to factor into a decision this season…The four runs in the 8th inning are the most scored by the Cutters in a single inning this year… Williamsport totaled five extra base hits, three doubles and two triples in the win…

Doubledays at Crosscutters

The Williamsport Crosscutters begin their second series of the season, welcoming the Auburn Doubledays into BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field. Coverage begins at 6:40 p.m. on FOX Sports Williamsport, a proud member of the Cutters Baseball Network.