Savannah, GA - The Savannah Sand Gnats swept a doubleheader from the Augusta GreenJackets Tuesday night by scores of 6-5 in game one and 3-1 in the nightcap. The Gnats are now 3-2 on their season-opening homestand.
The first game featured a dramatic ending, and the Gnats' first win in their final at bat of 2014. L.J. Mazzilli drove home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh with a bases-loaded walk.
Savannah (3-2) had trailed 5-4 heading to the sixth inning until leftfielder Stefan Sabol tied the game with a blast to leftcenter field. This marked the fourth game in a row in which a Gnats batter hit a home run.
The late scoring made a winner of reliever Dawrin Frias, who struck out three in his two innings of work for his first win of 2014. RHP Kevin McGowan saw five runners cross the plate on his watch, but only three were earned runs. McGowan was finished after five innings, where he struck out five batters.
Game two was less tense, as the Gnats led all the way. In the bottom of the first, Victor Cruzado and Jared King both singled and after a wild pitch, scored on LJ Mazzilli's single into centerfield.
Game two starter Dario Alvarez was sharp, fanning five batters in his four innings of work while keeping the GreenJackets (1-3) off the scoreboard.
The Gnats finish their season-opening homestand Wednesday night. RHP Ricky Knapp takes the ball for Savannah against RHP Chase Austin for Augusta. Proceeds from tickets to Wednesday's Pack the Park Night purchased through Phi Pigma Kappa will benefit American Diabetes Association and the 22nd Annual Kiss a Pig. Interested parties should contact Marianne Poppell at 912-224-4869. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Gates to Historic Grayson Stadium open at 6 pm. The radio pregame show on News/Talk 630 and sandgnats.com begins at 6:45 pm.