Bowling Green, KY) – First baseman Mike Sheridan smacked a 2-run single in the bottom of the first inning, and the Hot Rods (7-8) never looked back, beating West Virginia 5-1 on Thursday night at Bowling Green Ballpark. The win moves Bowling Green to 3-4 on their 8-game home stand, giving the team a chance to finish their first home stand with a .500 record on Friday night.
Hot Rods starter Frank De Los Santos (1-0) earned his first win of the season, throwing five shutout innings. De Los Santos had to work for the win, as he allowed two base runners in the first inning and two more in the fourth, before working out of those jams without any damage.
Once he avoided trouble in the first, the Hot Rods put him at ease with a two-run bottom half of the inning. With one out, Tim Beckham singled but was erased on a force-out from Jake Jefferies. With Jefferies at first and two out, Henry Wrigley continued his recent tear, roping a double to left field, advancing Jefferies to third. That’s when Sheridan came through with a lined single to right field to make it 2-0 Hot Rods. The runs batted in were Sheridan’s 6th and 7th on the season, moving him into third place on the team.
Bowling Green added two more runs in support of De Los Santos in the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, they got RBI groundouts from Jason Tweedy and Jason Corder to bump the lead to 4-0. A run scoring single by Jake Jefferies pushed the lead to 5-0 in the seventh before West Virginia got its only run in the top of the eighth inning.
Sheridan finished the game with three hits, while Wrigley picked up his first three-hit game of the season as well. For Wrigley, West Virginia pitching has been just what the doctor ordered, as he’s now 7-12 with a home run and three doubles in the series.
The Hot Rods try to make it three of four from the Power on Friday night. RHP Chris Andujar (2-1, 2.25) faces lefty Tyler Cox (0-1, 15.75) in the series finale beginning at 7:05 PM.