FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
Laird powers USA Baseball past Northwest Florida State 16-2
MOBILE, Ala. – Sean Laird homered twice and drove in five runs as South Alabama cruised to a 16-2 victory over Northwest Florida State Sunday afternoon at Stanky Field.
Northwest Florida State took an early lead a pair of runs off Jags’ starter Miles Ethridge, but USA answered with three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-2 lead. Ryan Bohanan got the Jags started with a triple, and Derek O’Reilly brought him in with a sacrifice fly. Laird put two more runs on the board with a homer to left field. That proved to be all the insurance USA’s pitching would need.
Bergman All-Stars Walk-off With Fall Series Crown (Illinois State)
NORMAL, Ill. – Corey Maines drove in Mike Stalowy with a bases loaded, infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Bergman All-Stars a series-clinching win over the Capra All-Stars, 7-6, in the Redbird Fall Series at Duffy Bass Field Sunday.
Maines and the Bergman All-Stars rallied from a 2-1 series deficit and climbed out of a 4-1 hole after five innings Sunday to earn the fall title with a 3-2 series win. Team Bergman scored five runs in the final three frames to even the score and put together a one-out rally in the bottom of the tenth.
“I’ve never lost a series, so it’s a great feeling to win all four of the series that I’ve played here,” Stalowy, the Bergman All-Stars senior captain said. “We came out flat today and you could see the momentum change in the game. Our dugout picked it up and everybody started getting into the game. Right around the seventh inning, we flipped a switch and turned it on. To cross that plate (as the winning run) is just a great feeling.”
White takes 2-0 lead in VT Fall World Series
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Team White scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to turn a one-run deficit into a four-run bulge, earning a 9-5 win over Team Orange in the process to take a 2-0 lead in the Hokie Fall World Series at English Field on Sunday afternoon.
Nate Clark went 3-for-4 for the White, while Klint Reed and Chris Kay each registered three RBIs to give pitcher Brandon Fisher the win. Buddy Sosnoskie had a home run for the Orange as part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI effort. Mathew Price took the loss on the mound, though just one of his five runs was earned.
Xan’s Zephyrs Salvage 4-2 Win in Sunday’s Pizza Bowl Finale
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Chris Dominguez was 3-for-5 with two RBI, while sophomore Tyler Mathis allowed only two hits over 5 2/3 innings to lead Xan’s Zephyrs to 4-2 win over Jimmy’s Jets in the finale of the 2008 Pizza Bowl intra-squad series on Sunday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Despite Sunday’s loss, the Jets won the best-of-three series 2-1 with an 11-4 win on Friday and a 2-1 triumph on Saturday. Senior catcher Kyle Cheesebrough and sophomore outfielder Josh Richmond were named co-Most Valuable Players for the Jets as each were 5-of-13 (.385) from the plate over the three days. Richmond had a .615 slugging percentage and three RBI, while Cheesebrough had a pair of RBI and a .462 slugging percentage.
In Sunday’s finale, the Zephyrs struck first after Andrew Clark drew a two-out walk in the first and Chris Dominguez ripped a double into the left field corner to put his team on top 1-0.
Trojans sweep Blue Jays
TROY, Ala- The Troy Trojans swept a double header from the Ontario Blue Jays Sunday afternoon 7-0 and 7-0 at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Trojans played an all-around solid first game against the Blue Jays. The best performance came from three Trojan pitchers. Jason Walls started the game and did not allow a hit in four innings of work. He walked two batters while fanning four. Chris Source followed Walls with two more innings of no hit baseball before handing the ball to Josh Storm to close out the game. Storm gave up the only hit in the seventh inning while striking out the side.
Offensively the Trojans collected 10 hits and left seven runners on base. The Trojans scored four runs on five hits in the fourth inning to break the game open. Adam Bryant got it started with a lead-off double. Michael Precise followed with a single and Bryant scored on a double from Daryl Otwell. Charley Williams plated Precise and Brett Henry knocked in Otwell with a single to give the Trojans the 4-0 advantage.