Coming into the game, Beesball was clearly on top of the world. They had just taken a series against arguably the best team in the entire country: number one Florida State. After doing this, they decided they needed some revenge to sweeten the taste of victory. That revenge would come in the form of the dwagz. Behind freshman LHP Ben Parr's strong performance, the Yellow Jackets beat the dwagz by a final score of 4-1.
The Yellow Jackets did not wait long at all to get the scoring started against their in-state rival, scoring in the bottom of the first inning. With junior CF Daniel Spingola on first and one out, sophomore LF Matt Gonzalez came up to the plate. On the 3-1 pitch, Gonzalez hit an opposite-field double, which was more than enough for Spingola to score from first. Gonzalez took third after a wild pitch to junior 1B Thomas Smith, who was later hit by a pitch. The pitcher for the dwagz would walk the next two batters (junior DH AJ Murray and freshman SS Connor Justus), bringing home Matt Gonzalez. After freshman 3B Brandon Gold struck out, freshman RF Ryan Peurifoy came up to the plate and walked on five pitches. This would be the end of the line for uga's starter and also the end of the scoring for the inning.
The Yellow Jackets scored another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. After walking and taking second base on a wild pitch, senior C Mitch Earnest scored after senior captain and 2B Mott Hyde singled up the middle.
The dwagz finally scored in the top of the eighth inning. After doubling to lead off the inning, freshman 2B Mike Bell scored after two groundouts.
Starting the game for the Yellow Jackets Tuesday night was freshman LHP Ben Parr. In his 6.0 innings of work, Parr allowed no runs on four hits while striking out seven batters and walking two. Coming on in his relief was another freshman LHP: Tanner Shelton. Shelton only pitched the seventh inning, but pitched it perfectly, striking out two batters. Pitching the eighth innings was freshman RHP Ben Schiederjans. In his 1.0 inning of work, Schniederjans allowed a run on one hit. Newly-nicknamed senior captain and RHP "Trusty" Dusty Isaacs came on in the ninth inning to close the game for the Yellow Jackets. Trusty Dusty pitched a perfect ninth inning, recording three outs in only 12 pitches (seven strikes).
Starting the game for the dwagz was redshirt-senior LHP Patrick Boling. In his 0.2 innings of work (hahahahaha), Boling allowed three runs on two hits, with a strikeout, three walks and a hit batsmen. Coming on in his relief was redshirt-senior RHP Dylan Cole. In his 3.0 innings of work, Cole allowed no runs on two hits with no strikeouts and a walk. He also allowed a triple. Up next for the dwagz was redshirt-junior RHP Ross Ripple. In his 1.1 innings of work, Ripple allowed no runs on no hits with a strikeout and two walks. Up next was redshirt-sophomore RHP Pete Nagel. In his 0.1 innings of work, Nagel allowed one run on one hit and walked a batter. Finishing up the sixth inning was junior LHP Jarrett Brown. Brown allowed no runs on a hit in his 0.2 innings of work. Pitching the final 2.0 innings for the dwagz was junior RHP Heath Holder. Holder allowed no runs on no hits with a strikeout and a walk.
Beesball has been rocking lately! They will look to keep it going this weekend against the Maryland Terrapins. Friday's game will be at 6:30 PM and will be available on 91.1 FM WREK.