Red's big inning evens Fall World Series

By: Seth Campbell
Published: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Arkansas infielder Matt Goodheart walks to the dugout Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, during practice at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas infielder Matt Goodheart walks to the dugout Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, during practice at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville

Two days after scoring a combined 23 runs in the first game of the Fall World Series, it looked like pitching was going to command Game 2, but an 11-run bottom of the sixth pushed the Red team to an 11-0 victory. 

Designated hitter Matt Goodheart started the barrage of runs with a solo shot to right-center field off of freshman right-hander Nathan Rintz.

The Red team was far from done. After a walk to Braydon Webb, Brady Slavens got his first hit of the inning with a line drive to right field, scoring Webb and giving Red a 2-0 lead. That would end the day for Rintz.

Freshman right-hander Nathan Wohlgemuth came in to stop Red's rally, but instead he gave up two hits, two walks and Red extended its lead to 6-0.

Sophomore right hander Miller Pleimann relieved Wohlgemuth for Black, but he gave up a double, two singles and a three-run home run to Slavens, which gave Red an 11-0 advantage. 

Red starter Kole Ramage pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out three. His counterpart for Black, Caleb Bolden, countered with four scoreless innings, three walks and three strikeouts. 

Before the breakout sixth inning, the story of the seven-inning game was runners left on base. The teams combined to leave 15 runners on. 

In addition to his solo home run, Goodheart went 3 for 4 with a pair of runs driven in and two runs scored. 

Red evened the best-of-seven Fall World Series at 1-1. Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said earlier in the week that all seven games will more than likely be played no matter the results of previous games.

Game 3 will be played Monday at 3 p.m. Fans are not allowed to watch at Baum-Walker Stadium, but the series is being televised on SEC Network+.

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