DURHAM – First year catcher Andrew Yu hit a two-run home run late in the eighth inning to propel Team Crabtree past Team Hoyle, 3-1, in the fall World Series opener on Friday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Yu, a native of Nashville, Tenn., Took the fifth throwing of the stick and sent it over the left field wall to secure the victory.
First-year student Israel Menelik opened the scoring late in the fourth inning for the winning team when he walked to get a runner on base. The Lake Elsinore, Calif. Native then stole second place, slipped to third place on a mistake and scored over wild terrain, making the most of his time on the base trails.
The Hoyle team tied the game in the next frame after a graduate student Chris Davis threw a ball into center field to score senior Damon lux of the second.
Junior Marcus johnson and second Luc Renard were both stellar on the mound at the start of the rounds. Johnson started for Team Crabtree, striking out seven batters in four innings of work without a hitting. Fox was the Hoyle starter, amassing nine in four innings and allowing only one hit and one walk.
Graduate student Jean Natoli took the win in the bullpen, allowing just one run on three hits in four innings of work. Natoli also recorded six strikeouts.
Team Hoyle will look to tie the series on Saturday as the two teams face off in Game 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.