Colby Gratton was named MVP of the FAU Fall World Series.
Nov. 8, 2007
BOCA RATON, FL - The Florida Atlantic Fall World Series mirrored the MLB version, as Associate Head Coach John McCormack's Blue Squad completed a three game sweep of Assistant Coach Norberto Lopez's Red Squad 8-3. The series was shortened from five games to three due to rain.
"Player acquisition and bullpen management were the keys to the sweep", said Coach McCormack in jest. "The World Series is always competitive and fun. Both sides played well. We (Blue Team) were fortunate two capture the series."
The Red team struck first in the second frame when David Wilson drew a bases loaded walk off starter Tom Segedin. The Blue squad roared back in the bottom half on the inning when Travis Oxga led off with a homerun later followed by a bases loaded walk and an Alex Silversmith sacrifice fly made it a 3-1 game. Ozga got things started again in the 4th with a leadoff single and stolen base. He was then driven in by freshman Colby Gratton's seventh home run of the fall. Danny Cook would follow Gratton with a solo shot of his own.
Riaan Spanjer-Furstenberg followed Will Block's leadoff double with an RBI to cut the Blue lead to four, but the Blue team added another run in their half to push the score to 7-2. A sacrifice fly by Spanjer-Furstenburg closed out the Red scoring in the 6th, but a fifth inning Tom Hatcher homerun provided the Big Blue with their 8th run of the contest. Colby Gratton was named the MVP of the series.
"It was a team effort by our guys. This award could have gone to anyone", said Gratton.
The team will have one more practice before ending the fall season with Scout Day on Friday, November 9.
Youth was served in Game 2, as a pair of freshmen combined for six RBIs en route to a 12-3 romp at FAU Stadium. Joey Burkhalter and Colby Gratton led a ten-run assault, overcoming a 3-2 7th inning deficit.
"We refuse to lose," said Burkhalter, whose RBI double tied the game with nobody out.
Troy Bubley again provided offensive heroics, driving in Travis Ozga with the go-ahead run on a single to left.
Mike Obradovich twirled a scoreless sixth and seventh for his first win of the series.
The two teams will practice on Wednesday before resuming their series on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. Admission is free and all games are open to the public.
The five-game series began Monday with a dramatic 3-2 win by the Blue team, keyed by a fifth-inning home run by Troy Bubley. Senior Mike Obradovich tossed two scoreless innings of relief to pick up the save.
"Our guys pitched great and we got timely hitting," said McCormack of his Blue team's triumph. "That's what baseball's all about."
The Red team drew first blood in the third inning, as Nick Arata scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Will Block. Nick Criaris sustained the momentum with an RBI single scoring David Wilson, who reached on an infield single off of Blue starter Adam Morrison.
Alex Pepe took the tough-luck loss despite a strong performance through 4.2 innings.
All games will be seven innings. The entire five-game schedule will be played, regardless of the score in the series, as a lead-in to the team's annual Scout Day on Friday, November 9 at 1 p.m.
2007 FAU Baseball Fall World Series Schedule
Mon. 10/29 - Game 1: Blue 3, Red 2
Tue. 10/30 - Game 2: Blue 12, Red 3
Thu. 11/6 - Game 3: Blue 8, Red 3
Coach: John McCormack
Infielders: Troy Bubley, Joey Burkhalter, Danny Cook, Jonathan Murphy, Travis Ozga
Outfielders: Colby Gratton, Tom Hatcher, Mike McKenna
Catcher: Alex Silversmith
Coach: Norberto Lopez
Infielders: Nick Arata, Will Block, Sean Bukovich, Riann Spanjer-Furstenburg
Outfielders: Justin Ferreira, Jeremy Griffiths, David Wilson
Catcher: Nick Criaris