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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Big Train Make Aces Walk Off; Baseball History Night Recap; BT now #22!

Big Train Beat Aces on Walk Off Single by Bass
Big Train Walk-Off!
Big Train Walk-Off!
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. Grosswould 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 broughtTucker 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 rewardedResnik 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! 
Baseball History Night a Success!
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian Interview at Bethesda Big Train
ESPN's Tim Kurkjian Interview at Bethesda Big Train

Baseball History Night was a great success at Povich Field last night as ESPN's Tim Kurkjian, famed baseball author Paul Dickson, and former Nationals closer Chad Cordero all came out to the ballpark to take part in a great atmosphere for fans.

As he speaks about in the clip above, Kurkjian spoke with both the Big Train and the visiting Alexandria Aces before the game about the difficulty that is professional baseball. Dickson, the author of the scorecard used by Big Train scorekeepers, signed copies of his recently published book about baseball pioneer Bill Veeck. Cordero came with his family and signed some autographs for Big Train fans in the park.
Big Train Now Ranked #22 in the Nation

Coming off of last year's national championship, the Big Train started a little slow at 3-9. However, before this week's rankings, the Big Train had gone on a run. After winning 17 of 20 games, the Big Train have catapulted onto the national radar and are now ranked #22 in the country according to Perfect Game USA. 

To see this week's rankings, click here

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