6/27/04 – Written by Denise Wampler, JMU Communications Intern
Damian Salcedo (Junior, Oklahoma State)had a disappointing first start for the TURKS; however, he made up for it in an impressive showing tonight, June 27, as the TURKS (10-8) struck out the Braves of Staunton, 16-5, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Harrisonburg. Salcedo went seven complete innings for the TURKS, allowing just one run, on two hits, striking out 12, and walking two. Salcedo was credited with the win and improved to 1-1 on the year. The TURKS offensively manufactured 16 hits and were lead by second baseman, Cameron Clarke (Junior, Oklahoma City University), who went 3-4, including a solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth. Clark’s hitting performance earned him three RBI’s on the night. Shortstop, Gered Mochizuki (Freshman, Yavapai Junior College )went 2-4 with 3 RBI’s, right fielder, Ryan Gotcher (Freshman, SW Missouri State went 2-5 with 1 RBI, first baseman, Joe Kemp (Junior, Indiana University) went 2-2 with 4 RBI’s, centerfielder, Reggie Watson (Junior, Indiana University)went 2-5, and DH Pat Caldwell (Freshman, Yavapai Junior College) went 2-2 with 2 RBI’s, each contributed two hits a piece to the TURKS slugging fest. The TURKS superb pitching performance early in the game, limited the Braves to just one run in eight complete innings. The Braves threatened in the ninth, scoring five runs on three hits; however, closer, Tim Gudex (Sophomore, Iowa University), came in to collect the finals outs of the night, and helped improve the TURKS to 10-8 on the year. The Braves fell to 10-8 with tonight’s loss. The TURKS will be on the road tomorrow, Monday, June 28 for a makeup game at Luray. Tuesday, June 29, the TURKS will travel to Woodstock to take on the River Bandits, and then to Waynesboro on the 30th to take on the Generals. The TURKS will return home to Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on Thursday, July 1, to host the Covington Lumberjacks. Game time for all games is 7:30 p.m. Come out and support your TURKS!