By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
FALMOUTH, M.A. - The Whitecaps were able to stay hot with their fifth straight win.
Once again, it took the Whitecaps a few innings to get going, but it was all Whitecaps from the sixth inning on. After Being tied at one through five innings, the Whitecaps took charge and beat down the Commodores 7-1.
“We have something really special happening right now,” Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik said. “It seems to me they are pulling for each other and having fun, and all of them want to win a championship.”
The Whitecaps took the 1-0 lead in the first inning after Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) doubled to bring in a run.
Shortly after, the Commodores tied the game with a home run in the third inning.
Picking up in the sixth, the Whitecaps scored three runs to jump back out in front.
The first two runs in the inning came from Spencer Jones again. Jones doubled for his second time on the day to make the game 3-1. Jones has been red hot for the Whitecaps and is now batting .342.
In the next at-bat, Kurtis Byrne (TCU) singled to make the game 4-1.
In the seventh, the Whitecaps picked up two more runs.
Trey Faltine (Texas) doubled to lead off the inning. Tyler Dellerman (Charleston) then stepped up and hit a double as well to bring Faltine home.
Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest) made it 6-1 after singling to left to bring home Dellerman from second.
Going into the ninth, the Whitecaps were leading 6-1 until Trey Faltine stepped up.
Faltine added the exclamation on the Whitecaps win by hitting the scoreboard to make the score 7-1.
“I've been working with coaches every day and it finally seemed to pay off,” Faltine said. “This game helps a lot because I didn't have the best success early, but I just stuck with it.”
Brendan Girton (Texas Tech) started the game for the Whitecaps. Girton went four innings, had four strikeouts, and allowed one run.
Pete Hansen (Texas) came in relief and got the win. Hansen went four innings, had five strikeouts, and allowed one hit.
“This is what I watched on tv all year with Pete Hansen and we are starting to see it now for the Whitecaps,” Shevchik said.
Dylan Simmons (Florida State) came in to pitch the ninth. Simmons had two strikeouts and closed the door on the Commodores.
The Whitecaps are now (15-7-2) and have won five in a row. The Whitecaps will be heading to Orleans tonight at 7 p.m to take on the Firebirds.