The Purple team captured the championship of the Purple and Gold World Series after defeating the Gold team in Thursday's game 10-9 and completing the series comeback on Friday with a final score of 11-1 at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.
Game four turned into a slugfest as both teams battled at the plate. For the Gold team, Cole McInturff picked up a couple of hits, as did Conner Brown and Bradley Shaban. Junior Billy Logan powered a home run that brought in two runs for Gold.
For the Purple team, Ian Haynes had two hits and four RBIs. Johnny Bladel had three walks, a hit and scored four runs.
Both teams remained relentless until the end when Ian Haynes hit a walk off single up the middle against Gold pitcher D.J. Brown. The Gold had led 9-8 going into the bottom of the seventh.
Freshmen Chris Hanson hit a triple to get on base, until Sophomore Nick Merullo came in to hit a double that brough the run in and made the final score 10-9.
The final game of the series was played on Friday where Purple sealed the deal with a convincing 11-1 victory over Gold. Purple had four early runs in the top of the first and then scored two more runs in the second. The Gold team was able to scratch out one single run in the bottom of the third as Aaron Hoover hit a single, Ryan Kilmon walked and Cole McInturff singled to bring Hoover home.
That proved to be the only run scored by Gold for the remainder of the game as starting pitcher Cody Miller and relief pitcher Tyler Thornton, with the help of a solid defense, shut Gold's offense down.
Senior outfielder Ian Haynes was named as the series MVP after an impressive performance at the plate. He hit for a .438 batting average with five RBIs and ended with seven runs scored and three stolen bases.
Ty McFarland, Johnny Bladel and Chad Carroll were also recognized by Purple for their outstanding performance throughout the series. McFarland had a .538 batting average and six RBIs. Bladel concluded the series with a .363 batting average, seven runs scored and four stolen bases. Carroll hit .333 with seven runs scored and five bases stolen.
Freshman Aaron Hoover was recognized from Gold as being the lead hitter with a .400 average. Conner Brown hit .384 for Gold and wrapped up the series with six runs scored.
The series will culminate with a picnic with the team members and their family members on Saturday, November 12th before the final JMU football home game. The losing team will eat a meal of hot dogs while the winners celebrate with a steak dinner. The 2011 regular season will begin in February. Continue to check JMUSports.com within the next two weeks for the release of the 2011 schedule.