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Undefeated No More, Catfish Down GreenJackets 5-1

April 17, 2007 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbus Catfish News Release

Greenville, SC - The Columbus Catfish (7-6) stopped the Augusta GreenJackets (12-1) in their tracks Tuesday at Golden Park. The 5-1 final ended Augusta's scorching start of 12 straight wins. LHP Ryan Morse (2-0) gave up just one run on five hits and two walks in six innings to earn the win. He has not allowed more than one run in any of his three starts.

Augusta took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. 1B Brett Pill hit a sacrifice fly right field to score 2B Marcus Sanders.

The Catfish countered with two runs in the bottom of the third. CF Desmond Jennings singled and moved from first base to third on a passed ball. The mishap was ball four to RF Maiko Loyola. Jennings then scored on a double to left field by 3B Cesar Suarez, which moved Loyola to third. Loyola then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by DH Nevin Ashley.

Columbus added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Loyola led off with a double. Then Suarez was hit by a pitch. Loyola scored on a double by Ashley. LF Quinn Stewart then singled home Suarez. 2B Brett Grandstrand laid down a bunt that scored Ashley from third, making the score 5-1.

RHP Brian Baker followed Morse with two scoreless innings. Baker gave up one hit and one walk. LHP Ryan Owen pitched a perfect ninth inning.

RHP Dan Griffin (2-1) was charged with five runs in five-plus innings of work and was charged with the loss. He gave up five hits and two walks.

With the second inning double, Ashley set an active hitting streak to eight games. GreenJackets LF Tyler Graham went 2-for-4 and has hit in each of Augusta's 13 games this season.

Game two of the series will start at 7:00pm Wednesday. For tickets, merchandise or more information call (706) 571-8866 or visit columbuscatfish.com.

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