MOBILE, AL -- The Mobile BayBears defeated the Mississippi Braves 15-0 at Hank Aaron Stadium Sunday evening to advance to the Southern League Championship Series. With the loss, the M-Braves conclude 2013 play. The BayBears will face the winner of Monday's contest between the Birmingham Barons and the Tennessee Smokies.
Mississippi (1-3) managed just four hits while Mobile (3-1) scored 15 runs on 16 hits. Dustin Martin and Mike Freeman led the BayBears with three hits each at the plate. Martin also drove in three runs and scored twice.
The BayBears took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Freeman singled and came in to score on a Martin double to center field, giving Mobile the early advantage.
Mobile scored nine runs on seven hits and three walks in the bottom of the third to jump out to a 10-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The M-Braves used three pitchers, allowing just one extra base hit in the frame.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ender Inciarte and Mike Freeman drew back-to-back walks. Martin followed with a RBI-double to right field, and Garrett Weber delivered a RBI-single to left field to make it a 12-0 game. Raywilly Gomez then grounded out to drive home Martin and extend Mobile's lead to 13-0.
Mobile added another run in the sixth. Nick Ahmed and Keon Broxton singled to put runners at the corners. Inciarte then grounded out, allowing Ahmed to score. Martin followed with another base hit to extend the BayBears lead to 15-0.
Bo Schultz (1-0) tossed six innings for the BayBears, limiting the M-Braves to just one hit and three walks. He struck out four batters. Aaron Northcraft (0-1) started for the M-Braves. He gave up six earned runs on five hits and two walks while fanning two batters in two and one-third innings pitched.
The M-Braves open the 2014 season against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park on Thursday, April 3. Season tickets are on sale now at the Trustmark Park Box Office. Call 888-BRAVES4 or stop by the Mississippi Braves Front Office Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Mississippi Braves (1-3): 0 R 4 H 0 E
Mobile BayBears (3-1): 15 R 16 H 0 E
W: Bo Schultz (1-0)
L: Aaron Northcraft (0-1)
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