Wednesday April 29, 2009
BOWLING GREEN, KY-- Ari Ronick was nothing short of dominant for seven shutout innings as the Augusta GreenJackets picked up their fifth win in seven games, a 7-0 whitewashing of the Bowling Green Hot Rods Wednesday afternoon at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Ronick (1-1) allowed just one hit – a second-inning single by Mike Sheridan – en route to his first victory of the year. The only other base runners he allowed came on the two walks he dealt in the sixth. Ronick struck out three to add the exclamation mark to a fine outing.
Augusta got the bats moving early behind Ronick. Dom Duggan led off the game with a single and scored on Josh Mazzola’s sacrifice fly. Matt Klimas singled in the second to drive home Juan Perez, who doubled with one out, for the game’s second run.
The GreenJackets wouldn’t add to their lead until the seventh when Duggan hit into a fielder’s choice with two runners aboard to score a run. Ryan Lormand followed with a single to bring two more home. The rout was on in the eighth when Ben Woodbury’s bases loaded double brought home a pair to put the Jackets up by seven.
Justin Fitzgerald and Trey Webb tossed an inning each in relief of Ronick, allowing a hit apiece and preserving the shutout – the first of the year for the GreenJackets, winners of five of their last seven games. In each of those last seven, the GreenJackets have slugged nine or more hits.
Frank De Los Santos took the loss for the Hot Rods, firing five innings and allowing two runs – both earned – on six hits without a walk and three strikeouts.