CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- The Navy team swept the Blue team in the opening series of the 2013 Fall World Series on Sunday, taking the third game by a score of 9-3.
Junior right-hander Luis Paula took the mound for the Navy squad, allowing just three runs on five hits in his outing. Paula worked opposite the Blue team's freshman starter Thomas Rogers.
It didn't take long for the Navy team to get on the board, once again scoring their first run in the top of the first inning.
A leadoff single by Michael Massardo started the action, followed by a wild pitch, and ground out that advanced him to third, where he was able to score the first run of the contest on a sac fly from shortstop Michael Russell.
An RBI for Wood Myers in the bottom of the second inning would tie the score at one for the Blue team, but the Navy Team answered with a one-run third inning followed by a four-run fourth to take the lead once again, this time for good.
The Blue team's best chance for a comeback came in the top of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with a walk and two singles and only one out.
Paula walked in one run and allowed a sacrifice fly to Alex Raburn to score the Blue team's second run of the inning, before handing the ball over to Zach Rice who loaded the bases once again when he hit Tyler Ramirez with pitch.
But Rice was able to escape the jam when he got the Blue team's Myers to go down swinging, preserving the Navy team's lead.
A couple of errors by the Blue team in the sixth inning allowed the Navy team to score two more, increasing their lead to the game's final score of 9-3.
Rice combined with right-handers Andrew Smith, Jack Geraghty, and Chris McCue for 3.1 scoreless and hitless innings of relief for the Navy squad.
North Carolina's FWS continues next weekend with the second series starting Friday, October 11 at 6 p.m., followed by the second and third games of that series on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.