Baseball ends fall with extra inning game

Cody Overbeck had had enough. In the bottom of the 11th, he sent one out of the park for a 5-4 Blue win over the White as his team claimed the Fall Series 2-0.

With the victory by the Blues, fall ball is over. There will be no third game Sunday afternoon.

"I guess it couldn't have ended any better," said Overbeck, who played third base for the Blue team. "It was a good fall and that was a good way to end it."

Overbeck, who got the hit off redshirt freshman pitcher Jake Morgan, was 2-for-5 in the game with the lone home run and RBI. He said the best of three series was enjoyable for the team.

"This was fun," Overbeck said. "There were a lot of fans here both days. This was by far the most fun we've had this fall. We all enjoyed it. We'll get to eat pizza and wear our t-shirts now."

The winning team gets pizza and a championship t-shirt signifying their win in the Fall Series.

Winning Coach Rob Reinstetle said the competition was fierce.

"This was awesome," said the second-year Rebel assistant coach. "The way these guys played, you couldn't ask for a better ending to the fall than a game that goes extra innings and ends with a walk-off home run. It was a great ending. We got a lot of things done and learned lot about this team, which was very good to see."

Losing Coach Carl Lafferty said for the most part it was still all good despite the loss.

"It was a tough loss for my team, but at the end you look at it and know this was a good fall," said the former UM catcher. "A lot of guys battled head to head for a lot of positions, and the fans got to catch a glimpse of that tonight. It was competition at its best. It was an extra inning game where every single player was in it for every single pitch. That's special."

Winning pitcher Scott Bittle felt it was his best day of the fall.

"It was really good to end the fall on a positive note," said Bittle, who went five innings, allowing only two hits with seven strikeouts. "We've been working on some stuff this fall. I think it really showed tonight."

The Blues took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a 3-run home run by DH Kyle Mills after Overbeck had singled and Cullan Kight had walked.

The White team got four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. Logan Power singled to score Michael Hubbard who had doubled before him. After Matt Smith got a base hit, Tim Ferguson drove in Power with a double to right field. A Logan Williams single scored Smith and Ferguson.

Things remained that way until the bottom of the seventh when Kight launched one over the right field wall into the tennis courts to tie it at 4-4.

The pitchers took over at that point as Bittle and Morgan finished it out. It wasn't until Overbeck's shot to the left field terrace four innings later that this one was over.

One of the highlights of the game was the first appearance of the fall in a contest for junior RHP Cody Satterwhite, who had been rested and worked only in the past three weeks or so since pitching for Team USA in the summer.

"It feels good to pitch again," said Satterwhite, who could be one of the weekend starters in the spring as opposed to being in a relief role as he's been most of his first two years at UM. "This was a real competitive situation. Each batter comes up there focused, so it's challenging,"

Satterwhite went two innings, allowing only one hit with one strikeout, facing the minimum while hitting 96 on the gun.

"I just wanted to see if I was there, make sure I was ready, and I felt really good," he said. "I haven't thrown to batters since Cuba, I guess. Seeing batters is a little different. You just take this and work on stuff. You see where you're at and how you're throwing and what your stuff's like. I just gotta keep going and improve and stay healthy."

So what did Lafferty feel like when Overbeck's ball left the park?

"I wanted to throw up," he said. "I'm a competitor. I wanted to win. He's one of the stars of this team. To see him hit a walkoff on the last day of the fall is terrific. I look forward to seeing him hit a walkoff to send us to Omaha in the spring."

Stats from the final fall ball contest of the season:

White hitters:

SS Sean Stuyverson – 0-5

CF Michael Hubbard – 1-5, double

LF Logan Power – 2-5, SB

1B Matt Smith – 2-5

2B Tim Ferguson – 1-5, RBI

3B Logan Williams – 2-5, 2 RBI

DH Cliff Vaughn – 1-5

C Brett Basham – 2-5, SB

RF Jeremy Travis – 0-5

White pitchers:

(Starter) Rory McKean – 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, 1 home run

Jake Morgan – 4 and 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, 2 home runs, 1 hit by pitch

Blue hitters:

CF Jordan Henry – 0-4, walk

2B Zach Miller – 0-4, HBP, SB

SS Evan Button – 1-5

3B Cody Overbeck – 2-5, RBI, HR

RF Michael Guerrero – 1-4

1B Cullan Kight – 2-3, RBI, HR, walk

DH Kyle Mills – 1-4, 3 RBI, HR

LF Fuller Smith – 1-4, SB

C Kyle Henson – 0-4

Blue pitchers:

(Starter) Cody Satterwhite – 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 strikeout

Nathan Baker – 3 innings, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts

Wade Broyles – 1 inning, 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 strikeout

Scott Bittle – 5 innings, 2 hits, 7 strikeouts

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