Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sandmen capture World title

Syracuse sweeps Buffalo for crown

The Syracuse Sandmen may have flown a bit under the radar all season and entered the season 13 playoffs as the underdog six seed. But once the playoffs got underway, the focus of the entire baseball world shifted to the Sandmen.

Syracuse blew through each opponent they faced in the playoffs to the tune of a 14-1 record on their way to the franchise's first World Series championship. The Sandmen defeated the third seeded Washington D.C. Blue Coats three games to one in the first round. They then went on to sweep Vancouver in three games in the DCS, Salt Lake City in four games in the NLCS and, finally, the Buffalo Blue Cheese in four games in the World Series.

Sandmen ace Alberto Vidal was dominant throughout the playoffs for Syracuse, winning all four games he started. Vidal posted a 1.80 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 58 strikeouts in 30 playoff innings pitched.

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