MOREHEAD CITY— Offense was on full display at Big Rock Stadium as the Morehead City Marlins (22-28, 11-13) pounded out 17 runs, including their first grand slam of the season in a two-game sweep over the Petersburg Generals on Thursday night.
Chase Stafford (Oral Roberts) delivered the biggest blast of the night, launching a two-out grand slam in the 3rd inning of the second contest, finishing 2-4 with two runs scored and five RBIs, recording his second home run in as many nights. The Marlins would make quick work of the Generals in the second game, led by a season-best 13-0 blowout win featuring five extra-base hits. All but one starter recorded a hit in the second contest as Dominick Cammarata (Tennessee) kickstarted the efforts with a two-out RBI double in the 1st inning, giving the Marlins all the run support they could need.
Hayden Jones (Oklahoma) pitched his second complete-game win of the season, both coming against the Petersburg Generals. Jones limited the damage allowing zero runs on six hits, pitching the first shutout of the season for the Marlins, striking out six in the winning effort. That followed up an impressive start from Andrew Burnick (Penn), who maneuvered six strong innings allowing just one earned run while fanning seven. In all, Marlins starting pitching has now gone six innings or more in eight of the last 10 games.
In the first win, Dominick Cammarata flexed his power-hitting muscle belting his 8th home run of the season during the first inning. Clubbing his first home run since July 7th (vs. Edenton) was merely the start of an impressive night as the Tennessee product stole his 11th base of the year, while finishing 4-6 with two runs scored and five RBIs over the entire doubleheader. The Marlins would hold on to win the first contest, 4-2, following the impressive start from Burnick, after newest Marlin Ethan Horne (Mt. Olive) entered for the 7th and final inning recording an out before Logan Sherer (UNC Charlotte) earned his first save of the season.
During the second contest, Matt Collins (Texas A&M) posted his team-high 13th multi-hit game of the season finishing with three hits overall but made his largest impact by walking with two outs and nobody on in the 3rd inning, eventually propelling that five-run frame. Aaron Wilson (Hartford) scored four times hitting from the leadoff spot in the lineup between both games, while Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) collected his first triple of the season, a two-RBI shot making it 5-0 Marlins in the second contest. One win quickly turned into another on Thirsty Thursday at Big Rock Stadium as the Marlins have now won three of their four games against the Petersburg Generals on the season, moving within 3 GB of the final playoff spot in the East Division.
The Marlins quickly return to action on Friday night traveling to face the Wilmington Sharks. Following that contest, the Marlins will host Wilmington in the first of a three-game homestead to close out the 2015 Coastal Plain League regular season. For more information on your Morehead City Marlins, continue to explore our website www.mhcmarlins.com and stay updated on the Marlins from your phone by following our social media accounts on Twitter @mhcmarlins, Instagram @mhcmarlins along with our new Snapchat account @mhcmarlins and make sure to like our MHC Marlins Team Page on Facebook!
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