Bulldogs Fall World Series wraps up with Blue Team win

November 6, 2008

by Caitlin Crawford

A competitive Fall World Series for the Bulldog baseball program came to a close Saturday as the Blue Team fought back from a two game losing streak to defeat the White Team and claim an overall series victory.

After the White Team won decisively over the last two intrasquad scrimmages Tuesday and Friday 10-4 and 10-5, it looked as though the Blue team had finally steadied themselves enough to stage a comeback in the final game of the series.

Jamey Bradshaw, a sophomore relief pitcher, came into the game Friday night hoping to build on his progression throughout the offseason schedule and to throw strikes in his first live game experience heading into the 2008-09 season.

With a strong effort on the mound, Bradshaw left little doubt about the young team’s pitching staff being ready to play this season.

Bradshaw pitched for 4.1 innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven batters Friday night, but as the Saturday scrimmage swung around, the Blue Team was ready for a battle.

Jeb Stefan, the Blue Team’s starting pitcher Saturday, started off the game with a very strong effort on the hill.

Stefan pitched for 5.1 innings, giving up only five hits and allowing one run.

In Stefan’s five innings, he struck out seven batters and relief pitcher Alex Richard came into the game allowing the White Team only four more runs.

Leading the White Team was junior shortstop Nick Grunenwald and outfielder Justin Gordey.ΓΏ

Both players had four hits collectively and two RBIs for their team.

Despite Grunenwald and Gordey’s efforts, the Blue Team continued their offensive showcase at the plate by swinging away and racking up run after run.

Junior Patrick Thomas, Blue Team center fielder, led his squad with three hits, while the Blue Team’s sophomore second baseman Chris Juneau, catcher Justin Lynch and left fielder Joey Ford had two hits each.
With a combined 15 hits, the Blue Team wrapped up the series with a 12-5 win over the White team.

Sunday the two teams played the final seventh game of the Tech World Series and the Blue Team (5-2) grabbed its fifth win, 8-4, over the White Team (2-5).

Tech baseball will resume action in February 2009.