ABERDEEN, MD. - Scoring in each of the first five innings, the Aberdeen IronBirds defeated the Connecticut Tigers 8-1 on Saturday night to end a two-game skid. Luke Ringhofer led the way with three RBIs with Ben Breazeale and Ryan Ripken both extending their hitting streaks to 12 games.
I'VE SEEN THIS BEFORE: Connecticut jumped on the board first with an RBI double from Colby Bortles in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Bortles started Friday night's contest with an RBI double as well.
ALL IRONBIRDS: After falling behind in the top of the first, it was all IronBirds from there. Aberdeen scored in each of the first five innings and again in the eighth to run away with the 8-1 win.
Luke Ringhofer tied the game in the first with a sacrifice fly to even the game at one, before an error at short gave the IronBirds a 2-1 lead after one.
The top of the order doubled the run total in the second when Kirvin Moesquit and Mason McCoy both drove in a run to make it 4-1.
In the third, it was Tristan Graham with his second hit of the night to add a run. Graham drove a single to center field that allowed Ringhofer to score and make it a 6-1 game.
Ringhofer knocked in his second run of the evening in the fourth with a line drive to center allowing McCoy to second with one out.
In the fifth, it was Moesquit again, driving a ball to right field for a base hit with two outs making it a six-run contest.
Ringhofer wrapped up his big night with a single in the eighth to score one more, sealing the 8-1 win.
'BIRD WATCHING: Brenan Hanifee improved to 4-0 with a six-inning performance without allowing an earned run … It is Hanifee's fourth quality start of the season in five chances … Ryan Ripken extended his hit streak to 12 with a single to right in the third … Ben Breazeale extended his hit streak to 12 with a single in his final at-bat in the eighth.
UP NEXT: The IronBirds go for the series-win on Sunday at 5:35 p.m. Cameron Ming will make his first professional start.
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