HICKORY, NC - The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up the series victory with a 5-3 win against the Savannah Sand Gnats, before 1,890 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium on Sunday evening.
The Crawdads (31-25, 67-58) scored first with a run in the bottom of the second inning against RHP Michael Fulmer (L, 7-6). 3B Drew Robinson led off with a walk, before racing home on an RBI triple off the center-field wall by LF Alejandro Selen, putting the 'Dads up, 1-0.
The Sand Gnats (24-31, 65-57) battled back by scoring twice in the top of the third inning. RF Charley Thurber started the stanza with a walk and advanced to third on a double to left field by DH Matt Reynolds. A C Cam Maron RBI single scored Thurber and moved Reynolds to third. Reynolds then scored on an RBI groundout from 3B Brian Harrison for the 2-1 lead for Savannah.
Hickory reclaimed the lead with two runs of its own in the bottom of the third. With one away, SS Nick Urbanus singled and then took second base on a groundout. DH Zach Cone and 3B Drew Robinson followed with consecutive two-out RBI singles, lifting the 'Dads back in front, 3-2.
LHP Will Lamb kept Hickory ahead through his fourth and final frame, before RHP Arlett Mavare (W, 5-5) took over on the mound to start the fifth inning.
After Mavare's first scoreless inning of work, the Crawdads stretched the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one down, Urbanus doubled his way into scoring position, and then moved to third on a passed ball. RF Trever Adams singled Urbanus home to make it 4-2.
The Crawdads added another run to the lead in the bottom of the sixth. C Jorge Alfaro led off the inning with a solo home run over the left-center field wall, increasing the Hickory lead to 5-2.
Savannah struck with a solo shot by 2B Brandon Brown in the top of the seventh to pull within two runs of tying it, but that was as close as they would come. RHP Taylor Dennis (S, 2) relieved Mavare on the mound to start the eighth and dealt two scoreless frames, closing the 5-3 win for the Crawdads.
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The Crawdads kick off a three-game series against the Rome Braves on Monday at 7 p.m. Monday is 2-for-1 Senior Night, presented by Kingston Residence, with bingo during the ballgame! Also, Monday is Fans' Choice Night. Gates open at 6 p.m.
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