Rome, GA - The GreenJackets (3-0) offense took over on Saturday night (April 7) pounding out 11 hits in route to a 10-1 win over the Rome Braves (0-3). Brian Bocock and Ryan Rohlinger each drove in a pair of runs while starter Ben Snyder allowed just one run in five innings for the win, Augusta’s third straight to open the 2007 season.
Snyder (1-0) followed the lead of the past two starters for Augusta working five solid innings and striking out five while walking just one.
Augusta’s bullpen of Paul Lussier and Jared Cranston worked a combined four shutout innings to nail down the win.
Bocock got the scoring started in the third inning with an RBI single scoring Nestor Rojas for a 1-0 lead. Rojas led off the frame with a single then moved to second base on a base hit by Marcus Sanders.
After Bocock singled in Rojas, Sanders and Bocock performed a double steal to move up to second and third. Sanders then scored on a wild pitch to give Augusta a 2-0 lead. Brett Pill then connected for an RBI double scoring Bocock to put the GreenJackets up 3-0.
The Braves would plate their only run of the game in the fourth inning to trim the lead to 3-1 on an RBI ground out from Chad Lundahl.
Augusta would go on to score two more times in the fifth and seventh inning, once more in the eighth and then two more times in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Bocock finished the night 3-for-4 with three runs scored, three stolen bases and two RBIs. Rohlinger and Brett Pill each drove in a pair of runs in the win.
Augusta will look for the sweep on Easter Sunday with the GreenJackets sending right-hander Henry Sosa to the mound. Rome will look to right-hander Daunte Heath for its first win of the season. Game time is at 2:00 p.m.
The GreenJackets were 5-for-5 in stolen bases on Saturday night and have stolen nine bases in three games. Bocock has five stolen bases on the year.
Augusta’s bullpen has allowed just two hits, no walks and no runs in 12 innings of work over the first three games in 2007.