November 8, 2010

White team feeling blue after stunning comeback

AMERICUS - The Georgia Southwestern baseball 11th Annual Fall Classic Blue vs. White series took place this past weekend.  It was a best-of-five game affair that needed all five to decide a winner.  There was no shortage of drama as the White team stormed out to an early two-games-to-none lead, only to see the Blue team rally to win the next three games and lock down their fifth straight series win.

The MVP of the series was Matt Weaver. Weaver is a junior pitcher from Darton College.  The left hander had a line of 2-0, 7 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Runs and 5 K's. For the second year in a row, a Blue team pitcher is named MVP.

Game 1- Behind a strong performance from senior LHP Zach Whitman, the white team won game 1 10-7. Whitman threw 4 innings, giving up 1 hit, 2 runs, and striking out 6. Top performers offensively for the White were Sr. Jared Allen (2-5, 2 runs), So. Michael Coffey (2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI), and Fr. Taylor Law (1-4, 2B, 3 RBI). The Blue took advantage of some White mishaps in the seventh to score 4 runs, but it wasn't quite enough. Top performers for the Blue were So. John Duran (2-4, 1 run), Fr. Jarrod Taylor (2-3, 1 RBI), and Fr. Stephen Gaylor (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI). Whitman got the win, while Sr. Jody Sellars (3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER) took the loss.

Game 2- Freshman LHP Matt Suggs got the ball for White in Game 2 and turned in another strong performance (4 IP, 6 hits, 1 ER, 3 K's). Down 5-2 in the seventh, the Blue made it interesting with 2 runs, but senior RHP Jared Allen was able to hold on to the 5-4 lead and nail down a save.  Senior RHP Stephen Daneman took the loss for Blue (4.2 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 4 ER). The top offensive performers for White were Sr. Jared Allen (2-4, 1 run, 2 RBI) and Fr. Dylan Thigpen (3-3, 1 run). For the Blue was Jr. Beau Parker (2-4, 1 run), Sr. Jody Sellars (2-4, 1 run), and Sr. Scooter Houston (2-3, 1 RBI).

Game 3- With a chance to wrap up the series, White went to Fr. Jacob Ezell for game 3. Ezell (3.1 IP, 1 hit, 3 ER) pitched well, but ran out of gas in the fourth and surrendered 3 runs.  That would be all that Blue needed to hold on for a 3-2 win. The winning pitcher for Blue was Jr. RHP Gray Carden (2 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs). Series MVP Weaver also turned in 2 scoreless innings, with Sr. Stephen Daneman getting the save. For Blue, the offensive production came from Fr. Jarrod Taylor (1-1, 1 run) and So. John Duran (1-3, 1 run, 1 RBI). White scored two runs on a Fr. Corey Benson (1-2, 1 run, 1 RBI) solo homer and a Jr. Andrew Anderson (0-3, 1 RBI) run batted in.

Game 4- White jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the wheels fell off with Blue scoring 8 runs in the sixth and 3 more in the seventh to win 11-2. MVP Jr. Matt Weaver (1 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs) got the win for Blue and Jr. Bray Bishop (2 IP, 6 hits, 5 ER) took the loss. Jr. Beau Parker (2-4, 1 run, 3 RBI), Fr. Stephen Gaylor (1-5, 1 run, 3 RBI), and Jr. Paschal Poston (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI) were the catalysts for Blue. White struggled offensively with the lone bright spots being Sr. Jared Allen (1-4, 1 run) and Fr. Les Cromer (2-3, 1 run).

Game 5- The finale of the series was all Blue from the beginning. Blue jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the 1st and cruised to a 9-1 victory. MVP Matt Weaver (3 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs) was once again the winning pitcher with Sr. Jared Allen (4 IP, 10 hits, 7 runs, 5 ER) getting the loss. Fr. Jarrod Taylor (2-3, 1 run, 1 RBI), Jr. Paschal Poston (2-2, 1 run, 3 RBI), and Sr. Scooter Houston (2-4, 1 run) were the top offensive performers for Blue.

Blue Team Top Performers- Fr. Jarrod Taylor (.467, 4 2b, 1 3b, 4 RBI), Jr. Paschal Poston (.385, 1 2b, 6 RBI), Jr. Beau Parker (.278, 1 3b, 4 RBI), Jr. Matt Weaver (2-0, 7 IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 5 K's) and Jr. Gray Carden (1-0, 6 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 K's)

White Team Top Performers- Sr. Jared Allen (.316, 2 2b, 1 3b, 2 RBI), So. Michael Coffey (.294, 1 2b, 2 RBI), Fr. Taylor Law (.200, 1 2b, 4 RBI), Sr. Zach Whitman (1-0, 7 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 12 K's), and Fr. Matt Suggs (1-0, 7 IP, 2.57 ERA, 6 K's)