by Tyler Peck, sports information graduate assistant
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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - Cookie's Cats battled back after being down three games to one and tied the series winning Game 6, 16-10. However, Ammo's Army was able to bounce back in Game 7 of the Georgia College & State University Steak Series and win 14-13.
The Cats were led by a trio of seniors. Sean Harrell (Martinez, Ga.) went 4-for-6 with a double, three RBI and four runs scored. Harrell made an appearance after being out for a few weeks due to a mild hamstring injury. Matt Pitts (Brunswick, Ga.) chipped in with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and three runs. Andrew Evans (Milledgeville, Ga.) had an explosive day with seven RBI going 4-for-4 with a double, a home run and scoring three runs.
Junior Shawn Ward (Martinez, Ga.) led the Army hitting 3-for-5 including a grand slam in the fifth inning to give the Army the lead but unfortunately they were not able to hold it.
Game 7 was another slugfest for both teams with the Army winning 14-13.
Early on, the Cats had a commanding 9-1 lead going into the sixth inning behind the arm of Dillon Waters (Martinez, Ga.).
The Army finally came alive and scored 13 runs in the final four innings of the game. Freshman Shawn Haley (Canton, Ga.) was the offensive hero for Ammo's Army. Haley was traded mid- series due to injuries but went 6-for-6 on the day, scoring three times and driving in two runs, including the game tying run in the ninth inning. Haley was a home run shy of the cycle. Classmate Michael Jeanes (Peachtree City, Ga.) had the best pitching performance of anyone in the series. Jeanes threw three hitless innings while striking out five, making him the winning pitcher.
Cookie's Cats were led by Harrell's two hits and got three hits from Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.).
The Steak Series MVP will be announced at the Annual Steak Dinner on Monday, Dec. 7.
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