South Bend, IN - Parker Markel hurled his seventh straight quality start, leading the Bowling Green Hot Rods (38-24, 76-56) past the South Bend Silver Hawks (30-32, 65-67) 10-4 on Sunday afternoon at Coveleski Stadium. Josh Sale and Cameron Seitzer each drove in three runs apiece, improving the Hot Rods to 20 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The Hot Rods have won nine of 12 on the road in August.
After scoring three runs with two outs in the first inning on Saturday night, the Hot Rods staged another early two-out rally on Sunday. In the bottom of the second, Josh Sale drove in Cameron Seitzer, who was on due to an error, from third base with a two-out line drive into left centerfield. After infield singles from Juniel Querecuto and Taylor Motter to load the bases, Kes Carter also singled into center, scoring two runs to provide the Hot Rods with a 3-0 lead.
More two-out scoring ensued for the Hot Rods in the top of the third inning. Jake Hager began the inning with a double to left field. With two outs and Hager still at second base, Seitzer lined a two-bagger of his own into the left-centerfield gap to drive in Hager. Matt Rice then singled up the middle to put Bowling Green in a 5-1 advantage.
Josh Sale added another two-out RBI-double in the top of the fifth inning, placing the Hot Rods on top 6-2. Through the first two games in the series, the Hot Rods have scored 12 two-out runs and 20 runs overall.
Although South Bend made it close again on Sunday, the Hot Rods bullpen was able to hold on to the lead. Starter Parker Markel allowed just one earned run in six innings to earn the win. The 21-year-old right-hander is now 9-0 with a 2.18 ERA since July 3 and has not been beaten in 11 straight starts.
The Silver Hawks had two opportunities to surge back into the game on Sunday, but stranded the bases loaded in both the sixth and eighth innings. Jake Partridge notched the final four outs to pick up his fifth save of the 2012 campaign.