Mitch Hilligoss wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 33 games as visiting Charleston topped Rome, 6-3, on Sunday.
Hilligoss opened the game with a single to left field to edge closer to the South Atlantic League record set by Scott Seabol (35) in 1999. Hilligoss struck out in the third, walked and scored in the fifth, grounded out to second base in the sixth and fouled out in the ninth.
The 21-year-old third baseman is hitting .369 (50-for-137) during the run with 10 doubles, a triple and 13 RBIs.
Seth Fortenberry and Austin Jackson hit back-to-back RBI singles to spark a four-run fifth-inning rally for the RiverDogs (26-24). Christopher Malec, who had two RBIs, followed with a sacrifice fly and Kyle Anson walked with the bases loaded to give Charleston a 5-3 lead.
Concepcion Rodriguez hit an RBI double in the second for the Braves (17-32). After Fortenberry cranked a solo homer, his seventh, to knot the score in the third, Tyler Flowers lifted a sacrifice fly and Jon Owings delivered a run-scoring double in the bottom half to make it 3-1.
RiverDogs starter Michael Dunn (5-2) gave up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and a walk over five innings. Jonathan Hovis pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save.
Braves starter Kyle Cofield (2-5) yielded five runs on five hits over 4 2/3 frames, walking five and fanning two.
Marissa Rega is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.