Oct. 20, 2009
ATLANTA – Senior Jay Dantzler and junior Cole Leonida went a combined 4-for-6 with three RBI and three extra base hits to lead the White team to a 6-2 win in game two of the White and Gold World Series Tuesday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The series will continue with a deciding game three Wednesday at 4 p.m. All games are free and open to the public.
Leonida knocked in two of the team’s six runs on the day, one on a solo home run to left field and another on a double to center. The junior catcher also was strong defensively, making two bang-bang plays behind the plate to limit extra runs by the Gold team.
Dantzler’s 2-for-3 outing came on a single and a double, but he was even more effective in putting himself in scoring position as he accounted for two runs on the day.
Senior right-hander Andrew Robinson picked up the win for the White team, giving up just two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win. He walked three and struck out two in the outing. Sophomore Jake Davies worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit.
Junior Chase Burnett got things going for the White side in the bottom of the first with a sac fly to left field scoring Dantzler from third for a 1-0 lead. After a 12-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the second, Leonida won a battle with Gold pitcher Mark Pope sending a shot over the left field wall deep onto the football practice field to extend the lead to two.
The teams would trade runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to make it 4-2, before the White squad added two more on a double by junior Jason Garofalo and a single by Burnett in the bottom of the seventh.
Head coach Danny Hall called the game at 6-2 in the bottom of the eighth due to fall practice time restrictions.
Senior first baseman Tony Plagman led all hitters in the game, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Gold side.
Sophomore right-hander Mark Pope started for the Gold team and allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out two and issued three walks, but was able to force nine groundouts on the afternoon.