CORPUS CHRISTI - Drew Ferguson drove in three runs and scored thrice as Corpus Christi beat Northwest Arkansas 10-4 Sunday at Whataburger Field before 3,811.
Tied at 3 through 6 ½ innings, the Hooks (7-3) scored seven times on eight hits and an error during their final two offensive turns. Ferguson stroked a one-out double in the seventh, ran through a stop sign at third when Ramon Laureano lined a single into right field, and scored by twice avoiding catcher Zane Evans' tag. Laureano crossed on Jon Singleton's ground out.
Then came a 10-batter home eighth against Tim Hill, who'd tidied up for Pedro Fernandez (0-2) the previous inning. Alejandro Garcia, Jack Mayfield, Antonio Nunez, and Ferguson all singled and scored; Ferguson picked up two RBI's, Nunez and Singleton (sacrifice fly) one apiece.
Michael Freeman (1-0), the third of four Corpus Christi pitchers, benefited from the outburst despite walking two in 1 1/3 innings.
The Hooks jumped ahead 1-0 when Ferguson took Corey Ray's one-ball, two-strike, 94-mph fastball and deposited it beyond the Goodwill Zone in left field.
Northwest Arkansas (3-7) then loaded the bases on consecutive singles by Mauricio Ramos, Evans, and Terrance Gore. Brock Dykxhoorn got Logan Moon on a pop up to Singleton in first-base foul territory before Jack Lopez bounced into a 6-4-3 double play.
Corpus Christi doubled its lead in the second, Trent Woodward's lead-off walk conveying to a run after a Mott Hyde sacrifice, wild pitch, and Nunez's single.
The Hooks returned to the long ball an inning later, Garcia's second home run traveling 388 feet to left-center.
Evans' two-run shot off the left-field foul pole after Ramos reached on an infield single pushed the Naturals to within a run in the fourth.
Dykxhoorn covered five frames with 78 pitches (56 strikes). He allowed eight hits, one walk, and struck out two. Ray lasted four innings and was responsible for six hits, two walks, and four strikeouts in a 76-pitch, 45-strike performance.
Northwest Arkansas evened the score off Jacob Dorris in the seventh, Humberto Arteaga's single plating Donnie Dewees. Dewees produced a two-out infield hit and advanced into scoring position on Dorris' errant pickoff attempt.
The Hooks turned three of the day's five double plays in a 25-hit affair that lasted just 2:39 and saw Ferguson, Laureano, and J.D. Davis extend hitting streaks to five games.
Corpus Christi's Cy Sneed (1-1) squares off Monday at 7:05 vs. Zach Lovvorn (1-0). Mrs Baird's presents $1 Hot Dogs & Soda.
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