GreenJackets split doubleheader with Asheville

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Tuesday May 26, 2009

Augusta, GA – Playing in their first doubleheader of the 2009 season, the Augusta GreenJackets dropped a narrow 2-1 decision in the first game of a doubleheader with the Asheville Tourists before roaring back to win game two 2-0, the second shutout of the season for the GreenJackets. The Jackets have now won six of their seven matchups with the Tourists this year.

Asheville struck first in game one with a Thomas Field RBI second-innings single but the Jackets answered the call in the fourth. Juan Perez singled and Andy D’Alessio doubled with one out before the GreenJackets tied the game on a James Simmons groundout.

The pivotal moment came in the fifth off Corgan when Ryan Peisel led off with an infield single, reaching when Charlie Culberson’s throw from deep in the hole at third was low and dropped by Josh Mazzola. The play was ruled a hit. Peisel would score on Scott Robinson’s sacrifice fly to give the Tourists the 2-1 lead they didn’t lose.

Corgan (3-2) was solid in five innings of work, allowing two runs on seven hits without a walk and with three strikeouts. Justin Fitzgerald struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief but the Jackets managed just one hit in the last three innings off Asheville’s Ethan Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth (2-3) went the distance in the seven-inning game, allowing a run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. The only other pitcher in the league to fire a complete game was Augusta’s Kyle Nicholson, a feat accomplished last Monday in Asheville when he fired seven scoreless against the Tourists.

In game two, the GreenJackets pitched out of jams a couple times, giving a complete team effort in a 2-0 shutout win. Augusta got the lead in the fourth on Vladimir Frias’s RBI single to score James Simmons from third.

Aaron King, pitching with a one-run lead in the fifth, was lifted after allowing a one-out triple over Dom Duggan’s head in center to put the tying run at third. Eric Stolp came out of the bullpen to retire the final two hitters of the fifth to preserve the lead.