The calmness of T.R. Hughes Ballpark (pictured) after 27 runs, 32 hits, 8 errors, and 11 pitchers.
(O'Fallon, Missouri) – The Evansville Otters
scored a season high in runs, withstood a late River City
rally, and held on for a 16-11 win on Sunday night.
The victory is the first for Evansville at T.R. Hughes Ballpark since June 29, 2008 and also assisted the Otters in avoiding a series sweep.
Evansville held an early edge, and built up a 13-3 lead after a six run, fifth inning. River City stormed back though, cutting the deficit to 15-10 by the end of the next inning.
Both teams would add a run in the eighth and the Rascals were hungry for even more. Otters closer Eric Massingham
was called in to pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in a 16-11 game. He faced pinch hitter Curran Redal who looped the ball to shallow left field. Shortstop Jon Karcich
sprinted over to the spot, made a lunging catch, keeping the bases loaded.
Massingham finished the three hour and fifty one minute marathon, by pitching a scoreless ninth inning and prevailing for the 16-11 win.
Evansville improves to 6-9 this season in the wild win, as River City falls to 12-3.
Infielder Frank Martinez
went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and four runs batted in. First baseman Andrew Kuhn
also recorded the first four hit game for any Evansville Otter this season. Outfielder Alex Foltz
finished 1 for 4 with his first home run this season, three runs scored, and three runs batted in.
(2-1) is the winning pitcher, as James Sullivan (2-1) takes the loss and Massingham earned his third save.
There were a total of 27 runs, 32 hits, 8 errors, and 11 pitchers used in the contest.
Evansville is off on Monday and will begin a three-game homestand at Historic Bosse Field on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. It is Deaconess Home Services Night at the ballpark and fans can enjoy $1 popcorn at the game.
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