Jackets manhandle RiverDogs in late morning affair

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Wednesday June 17, 2009

Augusta, GA – Three Augusta GreenJackets home runs, including an inside-the-park round tripper from Dom Duggan, powered the Jackets to a 7-2 win over the Charleston RiverDogs Wednesday afternoon at Lake Olmstead Stadium in front of a Camp Day crowd of 3,678 largely comprised of children.

The power came early for the Jackets as Charlie Culberson led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run down the left field line. Josh Mazzola hit an identical looking shot over the left field wall in the third to trigger a five-run third that also featured RBI hits from Culberson, Ehire Adrianza and Vladimir Frias, who knocked in two with a bases-loaded single.

Charleston starter Andrew Brackman (1-5) was chased after three tumultuous innings, yielding all six runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The Jackets would have trouble scoring throughout the remainder of the game as Chuck Nolte and Brad Rulon held Augusta to just one run on four hits over the final five innings of play.

The lone run at the end of the game for the GreenJackets came in a very exciting way, however, as Dom Duggan sent a drive off the very top of the left field wall. It popped high in the air, over the head of left fielder Dan Brewer and back onto the field of play while Duggan raced around the bases, never breaking stride. The relay throw from Addison Maruszak was not in time and Duggan’s first home run of the year became the Jackets’ second inside-the-park home run of the season after Ehire Adrianza’s against Savannah.

Eric Surkamp threw four no-hit innings and retired the first 11 hitters he faced before running into trouble in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Melky Mesa walked off Surkamp to bring in a run. Trey Webb came out of the pen and hit Mike Lyon with his first pitch to bring in another before he struck out Mitch Abeita to end the threat.

Surkamp (4-2) earned his first win at Lake Olmstead Stadium on the season, allowing two runs on four hits over 5.2 innings of work with two walks and five strikeouts. Shane Kaufman relieved Trey Webb three batters into the seventh and allowed one hit and a walk over three scoreless innings to earn his first professional save while striking out three.