Oct. 23, 2008
ATLANTA – With a 4-3 win in the four-game finale Wednesday afternoon, the White Team forced a sudden-death playoff and pulled off the upset in the 2008 White and Gold World Series with a two-run victory in the extra inning.
With the series tied, 2-2, head coach Danny Hall determined that both teams would get one inning to win the series. Each team could place a runner on second base and begin with one out while batting in any order that it chose.
The White Team opened the sudden death frame by loading the bases, just to see them cleared with an opposite-field hit by Jason Garofalo to take a 3-0 lead. The squad went into the bottom of the frame with a 4-0 lead and gave the ball to Thomas Nichols, who allowed just two runs to score before shutting the door on the Gold Team.
The World Series, which concludes the 2008 fall campaign for the Georgia Tech baseball team, began Sunday with the Team Gold taking a 6-0 win at Russ Chandler Stadium. The following day, Bryan Prince’s Gold team pushed its lead to 2-0 in the series with a 3-1 victory and looked to be well on its way to a series victory.
Tom Kinkelaar’s White Team mounted a comeback Tuesday afternoon, pulling out a 1-0 victory with a first-inning home run by Matt Skole, before evening the series Wednesday afternoon. The series finale went back and forth before Jay Dantzler smacked a solo home run to give the White Team the lead for good late in the game.
The Yellow Jackets now turn their attention to the weekend, when they welcome back former baseball letterwinners and alums to Russ Chandler Stadium. Sunday afternoon the alums will participate in a baseball alumni softball challenge, with former letterwinners competing in a softball game at the baseball diamond beginning at 12:45 p.m. The softball game will be preceded by a home run derby, and followed by a picnic dinner for all former baseball alums and families. Fans are encouraged to show up Sunday to see the former Yellow Jacket stars back in action at Russ Chandler Stadium. Admission is free.