Aug. 16, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- For Arizona State Sun Devil baseball teammates Rod Allen and Franco Pezely, Wednesday night provided the oddest of match-ups at the 2001 National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita, Kansas. Allen, who is playing for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, hit a solo home run off of Pezely, who is playing with the defending champion Liberal Beejays, in the fifth inning to help led the Glacier Pilots to a 7-1 victory.
Allen, who was recently ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the Alaskan League by Baseball America after hitting .315 with a league-high 24 stolen bases, entered the game with Liberal combining to go only 2-for-17 in NBC World Series play. But Allen, who was freshman All-American in 2001 after hitting .389 with 14 doubles, six home runs and 53 RBI and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, went 2-for-4 with three RBI to help lead the Glacier Pilots (4-1) past the Beejays in an elimination game.
While Pezely gave up the solo shot to Allen in the fifth inning, it was the only scar on his debut performance with the Beejays. Pitching during the summer in the Arizona Collegiate Summer League, Pezely was picked up by Liberal, joining Ryan Schroyer and Jeremy West on the roster. Pezely scattered eight hits and struck out four in 5.2 innings.
"I didn't brag about it after the game," Allen said of his home run off of Pezely in an article printed in The Wichita Eagle. "But he's going to hear it when we get back to school."
Also joining Allen, Pezely, West and Schroyer at the NBC World Series is Jered Liebeck (Anchorage), Jon Sheaffer (Anchorage) and Bryce Kartler (Wichita Twins). Anchorage will face Wichita in an elimination game tonight at 10 p.m. at Hap Dumont Stadium in Wichita.