Naturals Even Series in Corpus Christi with Win
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Cody Jones drove home three runs and Nick Dini scored four times to lead the Naturals over the Hooks at Whataburger Field by a final of 9-4. The victory notched the series at game each to set up a rubber match on Friday night.
Northwest Arkansas (47-37/8-6) tied the score at 2-2 in the second inning using a run-scoring single by Anderson Miller and tied the score on a sacrifice fly by Jones. Dini gave the Naturals a 3-2 lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning over the left-centerfield wall that traveled 379 feet - the second home run of the season.
Richard Lovelady (2-0, 0.00) entered in the fifth inning following the start of Foster Griffin and inherited men on first and second. The hard-throwing left-hander fired 3.0 innings of perfect relief and struck out four batters to earn his second win in his first three appearances for the Naturals.
The Naturals broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning, capitalizing on two fielding errors by the Hooks to take a 5-3 lead and tacked on four more in the eighth inning after stringing together four straight hits to open the frame. The Naturals out-hit the Hooks tonight, 11-9 with Dini leading the way with three.
Miller finished 2-for-4 on the night and Alfredo Escalera chipped in two while Jones finished 1-for-3 and drove home a season-best three runs on the night.
Right-hander, Jake Newberry worked the final six outs and struck out three hitters.
Northwest Arkansas looks to win the series against the Hooks on Friday night with left-hander, Jake Kalish (0-2, 3.18) on the hill against right-hander, Brock Dykxhoorn (2-4, 4.94) counter for the Hooks.
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