Box Score: W, 4-3
The Big Train earned their first walk off win of the season on Wednesday night as a single by Michael Bass (UNC-Wilmington) beat the Alexandria Aces 4-3 at Povich Field.
Jordan Gross (Tulane) took the mound for the Big Train last night, and gave the team a solid effort, giving up just three hits whilst recording six strikeouts. Gross would not get a decision but kept the team in the game through five innings.
After falling behind 3-0 after three innings, the Big Train would finally get on the board in the fifth, as singles by Avondre Bollar (San Diego State) and Michael Bass set up a two-run single by Mike Miedzianowski (High Point) to bring the Big Train back within one.
Having just flown across the country to become the newest member of the Big Train, Brock Larson (San Francisco) came into the game to make his Big Train debut in the sixth inning. He gave the team team two scoreless innings to keep the deficit at one run.
Brendan Hendriks (San Francisco) would make his teammate's work worth it in the bottom of the seventh, as he narrowly beat the ball to first on a near double play by the Aces that would have ended the inning. Instead, his RBI groundout brought Tucker Tobin (George Mason) in to score and tied the game at three.
Will Resnik (High Point) came in to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, and stopped Aces offense by giving up no hits and striking out two. The offense rewarded Resnik for his efforts by giving him his first victory of the season.
A lead off single by Brennan Middleton (Tulane) got the winning run on base in the ninth inning. Middleton then broke for second and a bobble by the catcher led to an easy stolen base with no throw. Michael Bass was then able to get a ground ball through the infield and Middleton scored by sliding under the tag at home.
The fact that this is the Big Train's first walk off win of the season is not shocking as walk off wins can only be obtained at home. Before last night's win, the Big Train's average home victory came by a margin of 7.9 runs a game.
Come see if the Big Train can keep their hot streak going on Friday night, as the team takes on the Southern Maryland Nationals at Povich Field! It's Homer Bobblehead Night, which means the first 400 fans will receive a FREE Homer bobblehead! i9 Sports will also be holding a pregame flag football clinic at 6:30, so be sure to get to the ballpark early so you don't miss out on the fun!