October 3, 2003  


Theory Beats Experiment 18-6! SLAC Community Stunned

By Nina Adelman Stolar

Theory bolted to a five-run first inning lead and never looked back as they clobbered Experiment 18-6 at this year’s annual Theory vs. Experiment Softball Game. The convincing win snapped a five-year Experiment win streak that began in 1998. Wildly cheering Theory fans and supporters had not seen such a complete victory since 1982 when Theory snapped a seven-year victory drought. It was the highest run production for Theory batters in over 20 years.

"There is nothing theoretical about this important victory," said Emeritus Theory Captain Sid ‘Lefty’ Drell (DO). "Captain JoAnn Hewett put together an excellent game plan and the team executed to perfection."

Jamie McGuire (Stanford) accepts the MVP honor awarded by Theory Captain Emeritus Sid ‘Lefty’ Drell (right). (Photo by Nina Adelman Stolar)

There were plenty of heroic efforts by both teams as players struggled under the withering sun. Surface temperature at Roble Field nudged 100 degrees F (38C). The oppressive heat took its toll on overheated players and sweltering fans. However, there was no relief in sight for Experiment—they could only tally three runs through the first seven innings. In contrast, the Theory hitting barrage was relentless and got stronger as the game progressed. Theory scored 13 runs in the final five innings while Experiment could muster only three more runs of their own. Theory mercifully shut out Experiment in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game 18-6.

Much of the credit goes to Theory pitchers Herm ‘The Wiggler’ Winick (SSRL) and Yuval ‘G-man’ Grossman (TH) who frustrated impatient Experiment batters by throwing a devastating selection of unhittable spinners and sky balls.

The first Bill Kirk MVP Award went to Theory Stanford student Jamie McGuire for his sterling batting performance. McGuire’s key base hit in the first inning scored two RBIs. He followed up with three more RBIs in the seventh with a bases clearing home run.

After the game Experiment Captain Mike Woods (EA) remarked, "We were dismayed to see our winning streak snapped. This off-season we’ll negotiate to woo some key SSRL players from THEORY, and we’ll seek new recruits. I’m looking forward to the match up next year!"

For this year’s game highlights and photos, see: http://www.slac.stanford.edu/gen/pubinfo/Softball/game03.html

For more on SLAC Softball, see http://www.slac.stanford.edu/gen/pubinfo/Softball/softball.html


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