PEARL, MS-In a game that saw two Braves position players on the mound, the Huntsville Stars pounded the Mississippi Braves 13-0 in the series finale at Trustmark Park. With the win, Huntsville took the series three-games-to-two. The M-Braves travel to Montgomery to start a 10-game road trip tomorrow before returning to Mississippi on April 30.
The Stars (10-5) scored 13 runs on 12 hits. The M-Braves managed six hits and committed one error. Matt Lipka and Cedric Hunter led the Braves offensively with two hits at the plate.
Gavin Floyd retired the first nine batters before giving up back-to-back singles to Josh Prince and Hainley Statia to start the fourth. A wild pitch and a passed ball allowed Rogers to score on unearned run and put the Stars out front 1-0.
In the top of the fifth, Adam Weisenburger singled and Nick Shaw walked. Prince then singled to load the bases with two outs. Statia was hit by a pitch, allowing Weisenburger to score and put the Stars out front 2-0. After Ryne Harper came in to relieve Floyd, Nick Ramirez delivered a two-run single. Jason Rogers followed with a two-run double to make it a 6-0 game.
Huntsville plated six runs in the eighth to extend its lead to 12-0. The Stars started the frame with four straight hits followed by three consecutive walks. After another base hit from Statia, Ramirez grounded into a double play. Rogers flew out to end the inning.
The Stars added one more run in the ninth on a Greg Hopkins sacrifice fly to make it 13-0.
Floyd (0-1) worked 4.2 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on four hits and a walk. He struck out six batters. Tyler Cravy (2-1) tossed five frames, limiting the Braves to just three hits while fanning six batters to pick up the win.
The M-Braves hit the road for a 10-game road trip starting Saturday in Montgomery. In game one of the series, Braves right-hander David Bromberg (0-1, 2.89) counters Biscuits righty Victor Mateo (1-2, 6.46). First pitch is slated for 6:35 PM at Riverwalk Stadium. Mississippi does not return to Trustmark Park until Wednesday, April 30.
Huntsville Stars (10-5): 13 R 12 H 0 E
Mississippi Braves (6-9): 0 R 6 H 1 E
W: Tyler Cravy (2-1)
L: Gavin Floyd (0-1)