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Sharp Blasts First Homer of Season in Lexington

April 11, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

COLUMBIA, SC - Brian Sharp blasted the first Columbia home run of the year but the Fireflies dropped the opener to Lexington, 14-3. Sharp finished with a pair of hits, his first multi-hit game of the year.

Columbia (3-4) scored first in the opening inning but it was all Legends after that point. Lexington (4-3) bashed 11 extra-base hits (the most surrendered in a Fireflies game) and scored at least a run in every frame from the third to the eighth.

The Fireflies tallied four extra-base hits as well, so 15 of the game's 21 total hits were of the extra-base variety.

Columbia starter Jose Butto (L, 0-2) was dealt the loss and one-time University of Kentucky pitcher Zach Haake (1-1) picked up the win. He allowed just one hit over five innings.


Top 1: After walking, reaching second on a passed ball and third on a balk, Anthony Dirocie scores on a ground out (Chandler Avant, RBI) - COL 1, LEX 0

Bottom 1: Nathan Eaton drives in Michael Gigliotti with a double - COL 1, LEX 1

Bottom 3: Eric Cole and Freddy Fermin rip back-to-back run-scoring doubles. LEX 3, COL 1

Bottom 4: RBI double for Rubendy Jaquez ... Jaquez later scores from third on a double steal attempt ... Nathan Eaton drives an RBI triple - LEX 6, COL 1

Top 5: Brian Sharp drills first home run of the season - LEX 6, COL 2

Bottom 5: Chase Vallot triples, scores Fermin ... Jeison Guzman knocks in Vallot with a double - LEX 8, COL 2

Bottom 6: Fermin scores Gigliotti with a single - LEX 9, COL 2

Bottom 7: Guzman grounds out, but scores Juan Carlos Negret from third - LEX 10, COL 2

Top 8: Zach Rheams doubles and then scores on a two-bagger from Dirocie - LEX 10, COL 3

Bottom 8: Gigliotti scores on a wild pitch ... Fermin plates a run on a fielder's choice ... Vallot bashes two-run homer - LEX 14, COL 3

Columbia and Lexington are back in action on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The expected starters: RHP Jaison Vilera (0-0, 3.60) Columbia ... LHP Kyle Bubic (0-0, 7.20) Lexington.

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