Oct. 14, 2011
PITTSBURGH –University of Pittsburgh junior Alex Caravella pitched three scoreless innings in relief to lead Vegas to a 3-2 win over Navy in the second game of the program’s Fall World Series.
Vegas also won the first game, 8-3. The third and final game was scheduled for Friday, but has been cancelled due to the weather.
Caravella entered the game with two on and no outs in the third inning and promptly loaded the bases with a walk to the first batter he faced. Centerfielder Stephen Vranka helped Caravella escape the jam, throwing a Navy runner out at home following a flyball out. Caravella finished the inning off with a strikeout.
The lefty had little trouble in his final two innings of work, allowing one more batter to reach base with another walk. He picked up the win, tallying five strikeouts, two walks and no hits.
The Vegas offense needed just four hits to score its three runs. Kevin Johnson led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a balk. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Derik Wilson, and scored on a groundout by Casey Roche to give Vegas a 1-0 lead
Navy took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning as Michael Douglas smashed a two-run home run over the left-center field fence. That was the last hit of the game for Navy.
Vegas tied the game in the fourth inning. Vranka led off with a double and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Johnson. He advanced to third on a one-out single by Roche and scored on a balk.
Ronald Sucre led off the next inning for Vegas with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Boo Vazquez. He scored the go-ahead run on Brad Johnson’s groundball to the shortstop.
Navy left six runners on base in the five-inning contest, including a missed opportunity with the bases loaded and two outs in the first inning.
Elvin Soto and Steve Shelinsky had singles for Navy.
Joe Harvey started on the mound for Vegas. He went two innings, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out three.