Suns return to .500 mark

June 06, 2002

ALBANY, Ga. - It's not their home field, but the Hagerstown Suns are making themselves awfully comfortable in their first trip to Paul Eames Park.

Justin Knoedler's double off the left-field fence in the seventh inning Wednesday night pushed Hagerstown to 4-3 victory over South Georgia and got the team back to .500 for the season in the South Atlantic League.

Hagerstown (30-30) struck first when Tyler Von Schell singled with the bases loaded in the first inning, and Brian Carter and Kevin Alexander both scored.

The Waves (32-27) got one back in the first and tied it at 2-2 in the fourth before Branden Florence hit his second homer in two nights in the top of the sixth. His solo blast gave the Suns a 3-2 lead.


Another run by South Georgia in the bottom of the sixth knocked out Hagerstown starter Ryan Hannaman, but James Gregg (2-0) got out of a jam and got the win after the Suns scored in the seventh.

Rob Meyer singled and moved to second on Mark Walker's bunt. Knoedler, an SAL All-Star representative at catcher, followed with his gapper to win the game.

Gregg gave up just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief. All-Star closer Ryan Meaux got the last two outs for his 11th save.

Suns Today: at South Georgia

Time: 7Radio: WHAG 1410

Probable Starters:

Suns - Francisco Liriano

S. Georgia - Brian Pilkington (4-1, 4.14)

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