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September 3, 2011 - Carolina League (CarL) Winston-Salem Dash

LYNCHBURG, VA (SEPTEMBER 3, 2011) - A flurry of Lynchburg runs in the middle innings and a bevy of squandered scoring chances buried the Dash on Saturday night as the Hillcats won 7-2 in the series opener at City Stadium. Winston-Salem left 12 men on base and went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position in a game that dealt a significant blow to the Dash's hopes for a fourth straight trip to the postseason.

Winston-Salem (36-32, 68-70) scored a run in the first on Ian Gac's RBI single and loaded the bases with one out against Gary Moran. In an inning that set the tone for the rest of the night, Mike Blanke struck out and Jared Mitchell grounded out to second to leave the bases loaded, costing the Dash an excellent opportunity to build a bigger lead.

The Hillcats (29-37, 59-77) immediately responded against Cameron Bayne in the bottom of the inning. Keenan Wiley led off with a walk and scored on a double by Joey Terdoslavich to level the game. The double was Terdoslavich's 51st of the season, tying the 65-year-old Carolina League record held by former Durham Bull Woody Fair.

The game remained tied until Terdoslavich hurt the Dash again in the fourth. The All-Star first baseman homered on Bayne's second pitch of the inning to give Lynchburg a 2-1 lead.

The Dash were able to tie the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Gac that brought home Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch and reached third on a double by Andy Wilkins. The run batted in was Gac's 95th of the year, the most in the Carolina League.

Bayne (12-8), the CL wins leader, struggled in fifth and sixth innings as the Hillcats seized control of the game. Three of the first four batters reached base safely against Bayne in the fifth with Wiley driving in a run on a sacrifice fly and Andrelton Simmons giving Lynchburg a 4-2 lead with an RBI double.

The Hillcats extended their lead in the sixth as Shawn McGill, Ryan Query, and Wiley all drove in runs to increase the advantage to five.

Winston cracked doubles with less than two outs in both the seventh and eighth innings, but could not get either man home from second base. The Dash loaded the bases in the ninth inning on three Eliecer Cardenas walks, but Nick Ciolli grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game and finish off a night of misery for the offense. The team tied a season-high with 12 men left on base, eight left in scoring position.

Moran (2-1) picked up the win with six innings of work and two runs allowed. Bayne lost for the fourth time in five starts after giving up all seven runs in 5.2 innings.

The loss dropped the Dash two games back of Kinston in the loss column for first place in the Southern Division. If the Indians win on Saturday (they were leading Potomac 8-4 in the ninth inning at the time of this release) they will have a magic number of two heading into the penultimate day of the 2011 regular season. Kinston has a doubleheader on Sunday and if both games go the K-Tribe's way, they would clinch a playoff spot likely before the Dash begin their game at Lynchburg.

The series continues on Sunday evening when LHP Matt Wickswat (5-6, 4.25) opposes LHP Matt Talley (--, --). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. and the audio broadcast begins at 5:45 on www.wsdash.com .

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