|Crawdads swat GreenJackets, 8-3, for series win|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Friday, 29 April 2011 22:02|
The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up the series win against the Augusta GreenJackets with an 8-3 victory before 1,661 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium on Friday night.It marks the fourth consecutive series win for Hickory. The Crawdads (15-7) jumped in front with three runs in the bottom of the second against losing pitcher Shawn Sanford (2-2) for an early 3-0 lead. A one-out single by Jhonny Gomez got the 'Dads going. Kellin Deglan followed with an RBI double off the right-center field wall. With Deglan at third base and one out, Jurick Profar struck belted a run-scoring double and he scored on an RBI single by Odubel Herrera.
Winning pitcher Roman Mendez (4-0) retired the first six batters he faced. The GreenJackets (7-15) managed to get on the board in the third. Dan Burkhart and Ydwin Villegas led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Both advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Carlos Willoughby drove in a run with a ground out to second base, making it 3-1.
Jake Skole put the contest out of reach as he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth---the third grand slam the Crawdads have hit this season---which gave Hickory a commanding 7-1 lead. Skole's grand slam also leaves the Crawdads just two shy of tying the all-time record for grand slams in a season. Hickory hit five grand slams in the 1999 season. Profar hit a solo home run in the sixth, making it 8-1.
NOTES: The Crawdads host the Kannapolis Intimidators for Long Sleeve T-Shirt Giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, presented by Galaxy, Ragu and KICKS 103.3FM! First Pitch is at 7 p.m., gates open at 6 p.m. Saturday will also be College Night! All fans that wear a college shirt will get a half-off ticket! Don't miss Ladies Night on Saturday as well!
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