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Winning Streak Ends in Pensacola 13-9

June 23, 2007 - American Association (AA) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

The Aviators four game winning streak came to an end Friday night when Coastal Bend authored a horrific fourth inning to drop the first of three games against the Pensacola Pelicans 13-9. The Aviators staged a late rally and even had the bases loaded and tying run at the plate with 2 out, but fell short of a miraculous comeback.

With Kevin Hull on the mound one night after his scheduled start against his former team Fort Worth was rained out, things looked good for the Aviators early. In the top of the second Juan Figueroa drew a lead off walk from Pelicans starter Todd Androsko and advanced to second on a groundout. Stephen Morales then doubled to the gap in right center, scoring Figueroa and giving Coastal Bend a 1-0 lead. With 2 out the Aviators got a single and a stolen base from Brian Fryer to put runners at second and third before right fielder Matt Spencer lifted a soft liner to left scoring two and extending the lead to 3-0.

The Pelicans tied the game 3-3 on a solo homerun from Marcos Rodriguez in the bottom of the second and 2 runs in the bottom of the third which came as the result of a leadoff walk and 3 singles in the inning.

The Aviators quickly grabbed the lead back when Morales hit a 2-run homer in the top of the fourth to give the Aviators a 5-3 advantage. But in the bottom of the inning the wheels came off for Hull and the Aviators defense. After surrendering a single and recording a groundout, Hull hit light-hitting catcher Josh Ragar and shortstop James Lofton committed and error to load the bases for Pelicans second baseman Cesar Aranguren. He drew a walk which forced in a run to make the score 5-4 before Richardo Cordova's single to right tied the game once again. Unable to minimize the damage, Hull walked Rodriguez and hit his second batter of the inning, third baseman Trino Aguilar, each of which forced in a run to give Pensacola a 7-5 lead. Hull was pulled for Miguel Martinez, but the nightmare inning continued. JD Foust committed the second Aviators error of the inning when he threw wide of first on JD Reininger's grounder to third and the Pelicans had a comfortable 9-5 edge. When it was all said and done, the errors, walks, and hit batters helped Pensacola score 6 times on just 2 hits.

Trailing 13-6 in the ninth, Bryon Smith hit his fifth homerun of the season, a 2 run shot to keep it interesting. But after scoring another and loading the bases against Pelicans closer Hunter Davis, Lofton could not extend the game, grounding into a fielder's choice that saw the final out recorded and the Aviators win streak snapped at 4 games.

With the loss, Hull's record drops to 4-3. The Aviators, now 18-21 will send JR Pickens (2-0) to the mound tomorrow for game two of the series which begins at 6:05pm. The game can be heard locally on KOPY 1070 AM or online.

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