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Suns glad to leave Hickory

May 10, 2004

HICKORY, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns have seen enough of the Hickory Crawdads after a weekend seven-game set, losing five, including a doubleheader on Sunday, 5-3 and 6-2.The Suns (12-18) had numerous scoring opportunities in the second game as they outhit Hickory 8-5, but hit into three inning-ending double plays.

Jonathan Armitage homered for the Suns in the second inning and Jesse Schmidt had a run-scoring single in the fifth inning.

Ryan Sadowski (0-3) was pinned with the loss, allowing only five hits and two earned runs.

For the second time this year the Suns were beaten by Hickory's Yoann Torrealba in the second game.

An error by shortstop Tim Hutting in the third inning opened the doors for four Hickory runs as the Crawdads took a 5-1 advantage.

Hickory (17-13) scored in each of the first three innings of the first game off Suns starter Travis Nesmith (1-4), sandwiching single runs in the first and third around a pair in the second.

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The Suns scored in the third on three singles, the last by Mike Wagner which plated Nate Schierholtz.

Catcher Dayton Buller hit his second homer of the year for the Suns in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 4-2 and Schierholtz hit a sixth-inning blast, his fifth, that brought the Suns to within 4-3.

Hickory closed with a sixth-inning run off Ben Thurmond, who pitched three innings of relief.

The Suns begin an eight-game homestand tonight at 6:35 against Rome to open a four-game series. South Georgia comes in for four games Thursday through Monday.

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