The annual Spring Hill College baseball team's Purple/White Fall World Series saw the Purple squad take a 4 games to 1 victory over the White team at historic Stan Galle Field.
The Purple team won Game 1 in a 6-5 decision with senior pitcher Nick Schmiemeier of St. Louis, Mo., going five strong innings and giving up just one run while striking out four batters and walking two with two hits allowed. Sophomore Keller Douglas of Covington, La., picked up the save after closing out the bottom of the 7th inning with the tying run on 2nd base. At the plate, sophomore Ryan Stevens of Theodore, Ala., had a three-run homer in the 4th inning while junior Alex Bumb from St. Louis had two hits with two RBI and junior Brian Sims of Mobile had two hits. The White team was led by freshman Blake Toscano who had two hits as freshman Alex Rodriguez took the loss.
Game 2 saw the White team turn the tables by winning 5-4 in a nail-biter. Sophomore Jack Howard of Decatur, Ga. was the winner going five innings, giving up just one hit with two hit batters, two walks and two strike outs. Wesley Parrish earned the save with two strong innings of relief. Parrish gave up one run on a passed ball, struck out one and walked one. On offense, Chris Grupp had two hits and scored two runs. For the purple team, Mason Hutson had the only hits as Sims scored two runs. The losing pitcher was freshman Paul Sullivan in relief giving up two runs in the 6th inning. Freshman starter Jonathan Billings lasted five innings giving up three runs, striking out one, walking three and allowing just two hits.
The Purple team rebounded from the loss to take a 6-2 win in game 3. Stevens had a big night with two hits and four RBI. Sophomore Tyler Hutson of St. Louis got the win in relief of senior David Dupuy from Mobile. The Purple team scored four runs in the 6th inning off senior reliever Jeff Keenum of Biloxi, Miss., to open a 6-2 advantage. The Purple team slapped out nine total hits as freshman Michael Gogreve had two safeties on the day. The White team totaled five hits at the plate. Sophomore Dan Pitfield of Mandeville, La., started for the White team and gave up one run in five innings of work.
Game 4 was won by the Purple team in a 3-0 outcome. Purple was led by the strong pitching of Schmiemeier and Douglas who together allowed just one hit over seven innings of work. Schmiemeier went six strong innings with one hit, seven strike outs with no walks and Keller closed it out giving up no hits. The white team's only hit was by sophomore Andy Robbins of Kirkwood, Mo., with a single up the middle in the 4th frame. The Purple team scored one run in the 1st, one in the 4th and one in the 6th innings. The White team only allowed two hits on the night, but wild pitches scored two of the Purple runs. Freshman Chris Rodriguez was the losing pitcher giving up two runs in 3.1 innings of work. Trey Marshall and Pitfield finished the game for the White team. Mason Hutson and sophomore Rick LaForce of Irvington, Ala., had the only hits for the Purple team.
The deciding Game 5 was won by Purple 5-3 to win the series. Tyler Hutson got the win in relief of Jonathon Billings as Douglas earned the save. Wesley Parish picked up the loss for White in relief giving up three runs in the 7th inning to break open a 2-2 game. Mason Hutson had two hits for the Purple and Jacob Mattrella had two hits and scored two runs. For the White team, Grupp and Alex Ramirez each had a pair of hits.
The Badgers will open the 2013 season at home on Saturday, February 2, with a 1 p.m. non-conference doubleheader versus Rio Grande University at Stan Galle Field.