MOUNT PLEASANT - Eric Wrozek scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday afternoon at Theunissen Stadium, as the Gold defeated the Maroon, 4-3, to take a 3-2 series lead.
Wrozek produced the run without any help but that of the Maroon's Dylan Rheult. Wrozek walked with one out and stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch and then scoring on another wild pitch.
Each team scored in the first inning with the Maroon taking a quick 1-0 lead on a Jordan Adams RBI single through the right side that plated Tyler Hall. The Gold came back with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning however, getting a sacrifice fly from William Arnold to score Pat Mackenzie before Jordan Dean scored on a wild pitch.
The Maroon tied things up in the top of the fourth inning as Neal Jacobs grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing Randon Henika to score. The Gold responded once again in the bottom half, as Sam Russell scored an unearned run on a Maroon error.
Despite the loss, the Maroon got an outstanding performance out of their starter Ryan Longstreth. The senior went eight innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out eight. His counterpart, Jon Weaver, pitched six strong for the Gold, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out five.
Renzi picked up the win for the Gold despite giving up the tying run in the top of the ninth. The freshman pitched two innings of relief, striking out two. Rheult suffered the loss for the Maroon.
Mackenzie led the Gold at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Houlihan and Nate Theunissen each recorded two hits for the Maroon squad.
The Chippewas are back in action at Theunissen Stadium Sunday for game six of the series at 1 p.m.
2011 Fall World Series
One: Gold 3, Maroon 1
Game Two: Maroon 3, Gold 1
Game Three: Gold 8, Maroon 2
Game Four: Maroon 6, Gold 2
Game Five: Gold 4, Maroon 3