Braxton Inniss was hitless in his first four at-bats for the Fairbanks Goldpanners against the San Diego Waves on Thursday night at Growden Memorial Park.
The right fielder from the University of Northern Colorado batted at the bottom of the order for the Goldpanners in the second game of the seven-game summer college baseball series.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, the fortunes of Innis and the Goldpanners changed.
He delivered a walk-off triple for the game-winning RBI in a 3-2 victory.
The bottom of the 10th for the Goldpanners started with Waves relief pitcher Jordan Medina retiring Derek Alumbaugh (groundout) and Bryant Nakagawa (fly out).
Medina hit Tony Riley with a pitch and Riley later came home on Inniss’ first triple as a Goldpanner.
It also was the first extra-innings game for the 3-2 Goldpanners, who had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, when they loaded the bases with one out.
Medina squelched the threat by striking out Ben McKay and getting Connor Konishi to fly out to center field.
Griffin McCormick launched a one-out triple and the Goldpanners loaded the bases after Grant DeLappe was issued a walk and Blake Porter was intentionally walked.
Goldpanners relief pitcher Josh Riley, who is Tony’s brother, retired the Waves’ side in order in the top of the 10th. He got Derek Legaza to ground out, Dylan Mackin to fly out and he struck out Bryce Mitchell.
Riley earned the win in a five-inning stint, which he struck out three while allowing three hits and a walk.
Goldpanners starter Drew Necochea worked five innings and was responsible for both runs by the Waves. He registered three strikeouts while allowing nine hits and three walks.
Medina took the loss after a 2 2/3-innings stint. He scattered two hits and gave up a run and three walks while striking out.
Waves starter Everhett Hazelwood and reliever Baer each had a game-high five strikeouts.
Hazelwood gave up three hits, a run and three walks in four innings. Baer threw a two-hitter and allowed a run and walk in three innings.
The Goldpanners were coming off a 5-3 loss in the series opener Wednesday and were outhit 12-6 in Game 2 of the series.
Nakagawa, a catcher from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, led the Goldpanners with two hits Thursday and Mackin, a right fielder from St. Edwards University in San Antonio, had a game-high four hits for the Waves.
The teams tied the game during the first five innings Thursday.
Bryan Rosario scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning. Waves teammate Jacob Igawa batted into a fielder’s choice to bring home Rosario, who reached on a walk and stole second and third bases.
Konishi made it 1-1 for the Goldpanners after coming home on Tony Riley’s one-out, bases-loaded walk.
Konishi hit a one-out single, advanced to second base on Alumbaugh’s single and went to third after Nakagawa was walked to load the bases.
Rosario and Igawa combined again for a run to put San Diego ahead 2-1 in the top of the fifth.
Rosario singled and came home on Igawa’s one-out single and second hit of the night.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, DeLappe tied the game at 2 after scoring from third base during a double-steal attempt with Portert. DeLappe made it home while Porter got caught in a rundown between second and first base.
DeLappe had reached base after getting hit by a pitch from Baer with one out. He advanced to third base on Porter’s single.
The teams meet again at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. Sunday’s game is set for 3 p.m., and the last two games of the series take place at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
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