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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 21:36

Hickory Crawdads Win Series Against Charleston

Joe Jackson drives in all three runs for Hickory Joe Jackson drives in all three runs for Hickory Hickory Crawdads

The Hickory Crawdads kept their hot streak going Wednesday afternoon with a 3-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs, giving the 'Dads their first series sweep of the year while also pushing their season-best win streak to five straight games.

In front of 2,383 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium, the 'Dads took a detour from their recent slugfest wins with a pitcher's duel victory. Hickory relievers Ricardo Rodriguez and Anyelo Leclerc combined to toss five shutout innings from the bullpen, while catcher Joe Jackson drove in all three runs for the 'Dads offense.

Both teams jumped on the board with single runs in the first, with the RiverDogs scoring on a RBI groundout by Aaron Judge before the Crawdads answered with a RBI single from Jackson to tie the score at 1-1.

Starting pitchers Akeem Bostick of the Crawdads and Luis Severino of the RiverDogs would settle into the game after that, with the 1-1 score holding until the 5th. It was in the bottom of the 5th that Jackson came through again, delivering a 2-out, 2-RBI double off the right field wall to give the 'Dads their 3-1 advantage.

Rodriguez (3-1) would hold the 'Dogs at bay for the next four innings en route to earning the win, while Leclerc worked around a pair on 9th inning singles to close out the game and earn his first save of the season. Severino (1-2) took the loss despite having a quality start, with three runs allowed on eight hits over six innings pitched.

Newly added Crawdads reliever and former Boston Red Sox setup man Daniel Bard did not pitch.

Jackson finished the game 2-3 with a double, three RBI and a walk, while Nick Vickerson (2-3, 2 2B, BB, R) and Evan Van Hoosier (2-4, SB, R) also posted multi-hit games.

The Crawdads (31-27) are now a season-high four games over .500, while the RiverDogs (27-32) losing streak extends to seven straight. The 'Dads will remain at home over the weekend and play host to the West Virginia Power for the first time this year. First pitch for game one on Thursday is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

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