Lars Davis was a double short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a HR, a triple, three RBI and two runs to lead the Orange to a 13-5 win over the Blue and a 3-1 Blue and Orange Series victory.
Sept. 25, 2006
The Orange team nearly hit for the cycle in the first inning and Lars Davis was a double short of it for the game as the Orange finished off its Blue and Orange World Series title with a 13-5 win, taking the series 3-1. Davis went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, three RBI and two runs, and Daniel Webb was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run to lead the Orange.
"Offensively, the Orange swung the bats very, very well," Illinois coach Dan Hartleb said. "The tough thing about playing intrasquad games is one side isn't going to look good."
Also for the Orange, Brandon Wikoff went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI, Craig Lutes was 2-for-3 with a run, Dominic Altobelli tripled, and Mike Giller, Nick Stockwell and Ty Milner each scored twice.
"We've really progressed from a hitting standpoint this fall," Hartleb said. "Now we need to mature in how we mental separate our hitting from our defense and one at bat from the last. We've made progress in some areas, but we still have a long way to go to be the team that the coaches and the players know we can be this spring."
Michael Sterk picked up the win for the Orange, giving up three runs - two earned - on five hits in 3 1/3 innings while walking three and striking out two. Jake Toohey finished the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits with a strikeout.
Lee Zerrusen took the loss after giving up nine runs, four earned, on eight hits with one strikeout. Mike Stankiewicz threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two walks with one strikeout. Joe Bonadonna finished the final 2/3 of an inning, striking out both batters he faced.
Orange 13, Blue 5
Orange 270 013 - 13 14 1 Blue 210 020 - 5 7 4 WP: Sterk; LP: Zerrusen.