Ammo’s Army Leads Steak Series, 3-1

by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Ammo's Army took a 3-1 advantage in the Georgia College & State University baseball Steak Series Sunday, two days after Cookie's Cats had tied the series. The Army has a chance to win it all if they take Game 5.

In Game 2, Chandler Snell (Loganville, Ga.) again led the offense for Cookie's Cats. The senior was 2-for-4 including a run scored, a RBI, a double and two stolen bases. Dacula native Brett George and junior Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.) each drove in two runs for the Cats. Junior pitcher Matt Kaplan (Alpharetta, Ga.) picked up the win while senior Martin Dewald (Mannheim, Germany) got the save.

Junior Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) hit a two-run homer for Ammo's Army.

With the win, Cookie's Cats tied the series 1-1, but Ammo's Army retook the advantage winning Game 3, 8-7 and then Game 4, 2-0.

The Army scored a run in the ninth inning on an error by the Cats. The Army had 14 hits as Kyle Allen (Conyers, Ga.) and Jason Veyna (Lamar, Colo.) each recorded three.

Dewald suffered the heartbreaking loss for the Cats. However, Richard Pirkle (Norcross, Ga.) had the best offensive day for the entire series so far, going 3-of-5 with a triple, two home runs and six RBI.

Ammo's Army made it two wins in a row taking Game 4, 2-0 in a pitchers duel. Senior Ryan Tabor (Lawrenceville, Ga.) got the win while classmate Brendon Malkowski (Schenectady, N.Y.) finished the shutout for his first save of the series. Tabor went 8.2 innings striking out six and allowing four hits. Malkowski finished the game giving up no hits and striking out one.  Allen scored both runs for the Army while going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.

Redshirt-junior Jason Nicholas (Wright City, Mo.) pitched well for Cookie's Cats going 5.2 innings allowing only one run on a wild pitch in the 3rd inning. Nicholas struck out five and walked three. Snell continued his hot bat going 3-for-4.

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