Osprey Win Home Opener 9-8

The Missoula Osprey used a four-RBI night from left fielder Chris Jarrett and solid pitching from their bullpen to open the 2010 home schedule in style, getting a 9-8 win over the Billings Mustangs on Friday in front of 2,862 fans at Ogren Park Allegiance Field.

Chris Jarrett had two of Missoula's 12 hits, while Richie Rowland added a 3-for-4 night with a run scored for the Osprey (1-4). Eric Groff added two hits, including a two-run home run, and Roidany Aguila had his first two-hit night in an Osprey uniform, plus scored twice and drove in a run.

That was enough offense to back the pitching, especially the bullpen, which picked up starter Randy Hamrick by allowing just two runs (one earned) over the final five innings while collecting three strikeouts. Trey Watt pitched the fifth and sixth innings, allowing just an unearned run; while Casey Upperman (1-0) pitched two batters into the eighth. Will Harvil collected the final six outs to pick up his first save in a Missoula uniform.

Jarrett's big hit of the night was a three-run home run that tied the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the fifth inning. He then helped preserve the lead when he ranged back on a deep fly ball by Devin Lohman and snared it just before reaching the outfield fence.

The Osprey broke the 7-all tie with two runs in the home half of the seventh inning. With the bases loaded, Raul Navarro singled home a run, and Adam Eaton was then hit by a pitch to push the Osprey lead to 9-7. The Mustangs would get a run in the top of the eighth, but did not threaten again.

Osprey Eggs

  • Adam Eaton has now hit safely in his first five pro games.  Going back to his season at Miami University, Eaton has a 28-game hitting streak.
  • Harvil has allowed just two hits and no walks in his five innings of work this year
  • The first four batters in the Osprey lineup combined to drive in 8 of the 9 runs

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