Purple-Gold World Series opener ends in scoreless tie

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – ECU starters Jake Agnos and Trey Benton each struck out seven batters while working five scoreless innings as Game One of the 2017 Purple-Gold World Series ended in a scoreless tie Friday evening at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Both hurlers scattered one hit on the day and walked a pair before turning the game over to their respective bullpens. Gold’s Jake Kuchmaner tossed three no-hit frames with a pair of strikeouts, while Purple’s Gavin Williams had three scoreless innings allowing a hit and two walks. Matt Bridges (Gold) gave up a hit, walked one and fanned two and Sam Lanier (Purple) countered with a scoreless ninth striking out a pair. In all, both pitching staffs combined to surrender four hits, walk seven and struck out 20 batters.

Offensively, Seth Caddell (hit, walk) and Chandler Jenkins (two walks) reached base twice in the contest for Gold. Nick Barber also drew a walk while Josh Netterville added double in the eighth inning. For Purple, Andrew Henrickson reached twice (hit, walk), while Dusty Baker singled to left center to start the game. Connor Litton and Jake Washer also reached on walks, and Spencer Brickhouse reached on an error in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With bases loaded in the top of the eighth and one out, Williams got Brady Lloyd to line out to deep right field where Henrickson made the catch and threw Caddell out at the plate to keep Gold off the board. In the home half of the ninth, Purple had the bases loaded with one out and Bridges on the mound. Bridges fanned Bryson Worrell for the second out before Jeremy Whitehead reached on a fielder’s choice where Henrickson was called out at second to end the game.

The Pirates will wrap up their fall practice on Saturday, Nov. 11 with Games Two and Three of the series (doubleheader) starting at 1 p.m. (ET).