Thursday August 28, 2008
Augusta, GA – The Augusta GreenJackets (41-28, 44-21) punched their ticket to the post-season with a 5-1 win over the Hickory Crawdads (30-40, 20-45) on Thursday to win the South Atlantic League Second-Half Southern Division Title. Starter Oliver Odle worked eight innings for the win and Dayton Buller homered and drove in three runs to lead the offense.
Augusta scored twice in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. With two outs in the inning, Andrew Davis connected for a base hit then Buller followed with an RBI triple. James Simmons followed with an RBI single to right field.
The Crawdads got on the board in the fourth inning on a two-out solo homer by Tom Hagan to pull within one. That was Odle’s (10-7) only mistake as the right-hander matched a career high with eight innings thrown. Odle allowed five hits, no walks and struck out seven.
The GreenJackets scored three times in the sixth inning to take a 5-1 lead. With two outs in the inning Buller connected for a two-run homer then after Simmons singled Shane Jordan followed with an RBI triple to increase the lead by four runs. Andrew De La Garza pitched a perfect ninth inning to lock down the win and the series.