Suns rally to earn split with Bats

May 14, 2000

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Robert Cosby's clutch, two-run single set off a Hagerstown's four-run third inning Sunday and lifted the Suns to a 6-3 victory and a split of a doubleheader with the Greensboro Bats.

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Greensboro scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh when Cosby threw away a grounder to allow Pedro Santana to score for a 2-1 win in the opener.

The split allowed Hagerstown to remain a half-game behind Greensboro for fourth place in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division, seven games behind leading Piedmont.

The Suns (18-19) relied on its maligned bullpen in a spot start situation to gain the split. It came after it had blown the lead in the opener.


Hagerstown trailed when starter Dana Reece served up an RBI double to Dion Washington for a 1-0 deficit in the second.

But the Suns came back by tagging starter Keith Dunn (1-4) in the third. Auntwan Riggins led off with a single to center and advanced when Reed Johnson reached on a throwing error by Greensboro's Jeff Nettles.

After Josh Holliday walked, Cosby put Hagerstown on top with a single to left. Holliday scored when Dunn fired a pickoff throw to second into the center field that outfielder Wily Mo Pena bobbled for a double error. Cosby scored on Chris Weekly's single.

Marc Bluma (1-1) allowed a solo homer to Pena in the fourth, but held on for the win.

Hagerstown added two runs in the fifth when Holliday drew a one-out walk and Cosby singled to set up a Aaron Fera sacrifice fly. After Weekly singled, Mike Snyder drove in the final Suns' run with an RBI single.

In the opener, Hagerstown acted on its trademark - scoring early but surrendering the lead late.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead off starter and winner Brandon Claussen (4-0) when Johnson tripled and scored on Fera's one-out double to left center field.

Travis Hubbel lasted until the first batter of the seventh when he allowed Elvis Corporan a leadoff double. Justin Stine came on in relief and allowed Brad Ticehurst to sacrifice pinch runner Angel Valdez to second.

Rob Hamann (3-2) entered and was touched for an RBI double by Santana before Cosby's errant throw.

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