Vogelsang Paces Team Black to Win in Red/Black World Series Opener


In the opening game of the 2012 Cal State Northridge Red/Black World Series, senior outfielder Cal Vogelsang helped lead Team Black to a narrow 3-2 victory over Team Red on Friday afternoon at Matador Field. Vogelsang went 3-for-3 at the plate and made a late catch in the outfield to help preserve the win.

Team Black, managed by assistant coach Sergio Brown, saw production on both sides of the ball. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Jerry Keel, who was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America Team last season, picked up the win after allowing two earned runs in four innings. Keel also recorded four strikeouts and conceded just three hits.

Freshman catcher Michael Najera went 2-for-2 at the plate with three runs batted in and was also intentionally walked once. In addition to his three hits, Vogelsang scored a pair of runs and made a diving catch in the late innings to keep the lead intact.

Junior pitcher Joshua Goossen-Brown earned the save for Team Black.

Team Red kept the game close after allowing early runs thanks to the arm of Brycen Rutherford. Rutherford pitched two scoreless innings of relief for assistant coach Sam Peraza's squad.

The Red/Black World Series continues with the final two games this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch both days is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.