Zach Gallen goes eight innings for the win
Zach Gallen goes eight innings for the win
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Navy Wins Close Fifth Game Of FWS
Release: 10/12/2013

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- In a back and forth fifth game, the Navy team took a late come from behind 4-3 victory over the Blue team in the 2013 Fall World Series.

Despite keeping the Navy team - which has yet to lose a game in this year's FWS - contained for most of the contest, the Blue team couldn't close it out, allowing the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The Blue team started off strong with three consecutive one-out singles to take a 1-0 lead off the Navy team's freshman right-handed starter Zach Gallen in the top of the second inning.

Sophomore Taylore Cherry took the mound for the Blue team opposite Gallen and posted a strong six-inning performance in which he struck out six, while allowing just two runs on five hits.

After the Blue team's productive second inning, Gallen and Cherry combined to allow no runs and just two hits in the next two and a half innings, before the Blue team would strike again.

This time a solo homerun by catcher Korey Dunbar increased the Blue team's lead to 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning. But a Skye Bolt two RBI triple - his seventh and eighth RBI of the FWS - answered and tied the score in the bottom of the inning.

The Blue team didn't wait long to once again claim the lead, though. Two singles, a wild pitch, and a RBI double by shortstop Alex Raburn broke the tie, giving the Blue team a 3-2 edge.

But they wouldn't be able to hold on to that lead as Chris McCue - who came on in relief for the Blue team in the seventh - allowed a single to Bolt before Matt Rubino recorded his second double of the series to drive in the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Gallen, who recorded a strong eight-inning outing while allowing just three runs, turned the ball over to Zach Rice in the ninth inning to record his first save of the fall with a 1-2-3 inning, giving the Navy team a 4-3 win.

The Fall World Series continues at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Boshamer Stadium with the sixth game of the series. The game is open to the public and admission is free.

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