BayBears Crank Out 18 Hits

Punching out a season-high 18 hits, the Mobile BayBears swung their way to a 9-1 victory over the Jacksonville Suns at the Baseball Grounds on Tuesday night, claiming two of three in the first leg of a seven-game road trip. Collin Cowgill led the attack with four base-knocks.

Jacksonville starter James Houser (0-1) recorded seven outs before the BayBears (45-38, 9-6) scored their first run. Evan Frey was hit by a pitch with one out in the third inning, then stole second before Collin Cowgill drilled his 10th home run of the season. Cowgill is now second in the Southern League with 56 RBI.

Jacksonville (47-38, 7-8) pulled a little closer against Josh Collmenter (6-2) in the bottom of the third, as Ozzie Martinez doubled and later scored on a double play ground ball off the bat of Brandon Tripp. Vinny Rottino followed that with an infield single, and the Suns wouldn't get another hit until there were two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

By that point, the BayBears were already leading comfortably. They picked up a run in the fourth as Ollie Linton's sac fly scored Cyle Hankerd. In the fifth inning, Kory Casto knocked home Frey with a single while Cowgill and Casto came home on a base hit by Hankerd plus an error by Rottino in left.

The BayBears continued their onslaught against Wade Korpi in the final two frames, tagging him for three runs on six hits. Linton doubled and touched the dish after a two-bagger by Frey in the eighth. RBI singles by Taylor Harbin and Linton in the ninth put the visitors up by eight.

Every BayBear position player in the starting lineup had a hit with Cowgill leading the team on four knocks. Josh Ellis and Kyler Newby each fanned two while working a perfect inning out of the bullpen. Collmenter ended up with seven innings of one-run, six-hit ball and five strikeouts.

BayBear Bits

  • Ellis has now worked 14.1 scoreless frames for the BayBears
  • Collmenter's 1.59 ERA would lead the Southern League if he had enough innings to qualify
  • Catcher Sean Coughlin was placed on the 7-day DL with a strained right elbow before the game

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