CORPUS CHRISTI - Rogelio Armenteros and Josh James combined on a three-hit shutout as Corpus Christi dropped Arkansas 5-0 Saturday night at Whataburger Field before 4,971.
Armenteros (1-0), who covered five frames with 80 pitches (50 strikes), struck out eight while allowing three base runners. Singles by Tyler Marlette and Justin Seager and Joey Wong's base-on-balls were all the Travelers could muster against Armenteros. The right-hander effectively mixed a four-pitch arsenal, touching 94 miles per hour.
James notched his first save, facing two over the minimum and striking out three as Corpus Christi captured the series' rubber game. Arkansas fell to 3-6.
Ramon Laureano's first home run of 2017 pushed the Hooks (6-3) to a 3-0 third-inning advantage. He drilled a full-count, 386-foot shot into the Corpus Christi bullpen with Antonio Nunez and Drew Ferguson aboard. Nunez opened the sequence by doubling into the left-field corner and Ferguson was struck by a Brett Ash pitch.
Ash (1-1) exited after four innings, four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts. His relief, Kyle Hunter, was tagged by Ferguson for a first-pitch double into left. Two outs later, Ferguson was home as the result of J.D. Davis' RBI single the same direction.
Davis' initial homer, a two-out blast off Hunter in the seventh, accounted for the final margin.
Travelers reliever Thyago Vieira threw a fastball clocked at 100 mph in the eighth.
The Hooks change opponents Sunday at 3:05 as Northwest Arkansas comes to town for three games. Brock Dykxhoorn (0-0) pitches for Corpus Christi against Corey Ray (0-1) on H-E-B Kids Day. Young families can enjoy an Easter egg hunt beforehand on Stripes Diamond.
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