MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The fall practice season has now come to a close for Georgia College baseball, as Team Moritz takes the 2011 Steak Series 4-2.
Game 4 – The Steak Series resumed with Team Moritz taking a 2-1 game lead into Game 4. Both Game 1 starters were back on the mound for their respective teams. Team Pirillo would jump all over freshman starter Trey Marksberry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) for nine runs in the second inning on eight hits. Pirillo's Padres got too comfortable with the nine-run lead and would eventually drop a slugfest 12-11 in 10 innings. Shawn Haley (Canton, Ga.) picked up the win for Team Moritz with two innings of scoreless relief in the ninth and 10th. Karsten Strieby (Brier, Wash.) was the offensive hero again for Moritz, going 3-for-7 with another home run, his fourth in the series, and three RBI, including the game-winning walk-off single in the 10th.
Game 5 – Team Pirillo would show resiliency with a 10-4 win in Game 5. Moritz’ Taylor Hart (Colbert, Ga.) and Pirillo’s Darin Wiltgen (Reno, Nev.) would battle through the first six innings with the Padres up 3-2. In the seventh, Team Moritz would take a 4-3 lead only to give it back with three runs in the bottom of the inning for Team Pirillo. Coach Pirillo would put the game away with a big five-run eighth, highlighted by a Travis Echols (Suwanee, Ga.) two-run double. Echols would join Daniel Bick (Alpharetta, Ga.) with three-hit days and driving in a pair apiece for the elimination-game victory. Tanner Funk (Kearney, Mo.) would lead Team Moritz with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Freshman Billy Kilmer (Richmond Hill, Ga.) would pick up the win for Team Pirillo out of the pen and Hart would suffer the loss.
Game 6 – Team Moritz earned the 2011 Steak Series Championship after 12-1 rout of a depleted Team Pirillo pitching staff. Jeremy Donaldson (Winder, Ga.) started the fireworks with his third home run of the series in the second inning. Donaldson would add three more hits for a 4-for-5 day with three RBI at the plate while Strieby sealed the MVP Honors with another three hit game, driving in three runs as well. Freshman Alex Joplin (Cumming, Ga.) was stellar in the final game, recording the most dominating performance of the Series. Joplin threw seven complete on 101 pitches while only allowing three hits and giving up no runs.
Strieby finished the Steak Series with four round-trippers and 14 RBI while hitting .464 in the six games. Donaldson also was stellar for Coach Moritz, hitting .462 and with three home runs while knocking in six. Those two were too strong for Coach Pirillo, who goes to 0-1 in Steak Series, while Moritz improves to 1-1. Steak Series titles by a rookie coach has only been done twice, coming from by two-time champion Jamie Ammons (2009 & 2010) and current Bobcat head coach Tom Carty in 2006. Echols drove in seven runs and hit .417 in the losing effort. Haley picked up two wins for Team Moritz out of the pen during the Series.
The Bobcats kick off the regular season Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader with King (Tenn.) College.
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