MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (21-7) held Holly Springs (8-22) scoreless in a 1-0 victory on Thursday night at Big Rock Stadium.
Mason Duke (Alabama) made his best start of the summer in his third start of the season to improve his overall record to 4-1. The junior tossed seven scoreless innings and only allowed two singles. Duke struck out two Salamanders and didn't surrender a walk.
With two outs, and a 3-2 count, Luke Shadid (Bradley University) blasted a solo home run over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning. Shadid's second home run of the summer was his second of the season and the only run in the contest.
Duke struck out a Holly Springs batter looking to close the second inning and wouldn't allow a base runner until the sixth inning, retiring 10-consective Salamanders.
Second-year head coach Jesse Lancaster turned to pitcher Kenny Wells (Seton Hill) to shut the door in the final two innings. The sophomore faced seven batters in the two innings, striking out one and allowing one lone hit. Wells notched his league-best eighth save of the summer.
Team Records: Morehead City (21-7), Holly Springs (8-22)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City improves to 21-7 overall and 10-4 record at home, remaining in first place of the CPL and in the East division.
- When hitting at least one home run the Marlins are 7-1.
Morehead City is 20-0 when leading after the sixth inning.
- In shutouts, the Marlins are now 3-1.
- The Marlins are 5-1 when playing on Friday nights
- Morehead City 6-0 against Holly Springs.
The Marlins will take on Fayetteville in the third-straight home contest on Friday night at 7.