TOM SOX DEFEAT ROYALS 11-1 TO BRING WIN STREAK TO FOUR GAMES
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va- The Tom Sox extended their winning streak to four games with an 11-1 blowout of the Winchester Royals on Saturday night. Thomas Francisco (East Carolina) extended his hit-streak to 17 games, matching Dupree Hart’s (2016) franchise record. Francisco finished the night with three hits, three RBI, and one run scored.
A dominant paired pitching performance from Jack Friedman (Georgia Tech) and Carden Mellown (Huntingdon College) paved the way for a big win at CVILLE Weekly Ballpark.
Friedman had his best game yet this season, giving up just one hit in four innings. He turned the mound over to Mellown for the fifth inning with no runs on the board for the Royals. Mellown continued Friedman’s momentum by pitching four productive innings. He struck out four batters and held the Royals scoreless until the eighth when they brought in their first and only run of the day.
Francisco got the Tom Sox offense started in the bottom of the first with an RBI single, which brought in Cayman Richardson (Richardson). Richardson extended his hit-streak to seven games.
The second and third innings saw no runs from either team, but a two-run homer from Brock Edge (Florida) reignited a fire in the Tom Sox batters and put them up 3-0 over the Royals.
Kirby McMullen (Florida) got a piece of the action in his final home game for the Tom Sox, hitting an RBI double to center field in the fifth inning. Francisco then brought in McMullen with another RBI single to stretch the Tom Sox lead to 5.
Josh Simon (VCU) made it three straight multi-run innings for the Tom Sox when he knocked a two-run double to left field. Richardson continued the hot hitting for the Tom Sox by bringing in Simon off a single to center field.
The Royals brought in one run in the top of the eighth, but the Tom Sox responded with RBIs from Francisco, Dan Harwood (Wooster), and Edge to bring the score to 11-1. James Ingram (Johns Hopkins) made his Tom Sox debut in the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to center field as a pinch hitter. Richardson also scored a run later that inning.
Walker Imwalle (Davidson) finished the night up for the Tom Sox striking out one batter and allowing just one hit.
The Tom Sox return to action on Sunday night in Strasburg as they take on the Express at 7PM.