Turks Top Tom Sox, 7-1

WP: Carlos Chavez (2-0): 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 5 Ks

LP: Quarles (0-2): 2.2, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 Ks

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 13, 2015 – The Turks’ offense came alive in Charlottesville, accumulating 13 hits and six walks on their way to a 7-1 win over the Tom Sox in their first ever visit to C-Ville Weekly Ballpark Saturday night.

With the victory the Turks move to 5-3 in turn dropping the Tom Sox to 2-6.

Jared Baker continued his strong start to the season with a 3-for-4 performance from the plate including a walk, a run scored and two runs batted in. His .379 batting average so far this summer leads the team. Also going 3-for-4 was Shane Billings who started in centerfield after a hamstring injury kept him out of the lineup for the last three games. The 13 hits by the Turks marks the fourth time in eight games that the team has achieved the double-digit hit mark in a game.

Not to be overshadowed, Carlos Chavez took the mound following a one-hour, 13-minute rain delay and tossed a solid five innings. The two-hit, one run effort brings his record to 2-0 and his five strikeouts on the night bring his season total to a team-high 12. Eric Yankey came in in the 6th and contributed two scoreless innings bringing his scoreless inning streak to five. Patrick Herbelin then allowed one run in the final two innings to close out the game.

On the other hand, Furman pitcher Matthew Quarles struggled through 2.2 innings for the Tom Sox. He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks, bringing his ERA on the season to 9.95. The combined effort of five different relief pitchers accounted for the rest of the game for Charlottesville but they allowed another four runs to cross the plate.

West Virginia’s Kyle Davis was the only Tom Sox hitter to have much success against Chavez and the Turks’ pitching staff. He finished 2-for-3 from the plate, the only Tom Sox hitter to have more than one hit. Caleb Robinson scored Charlottesville’s only run in the fourth thanks to a Chris Clayton sacrifice fly.

The Turks return to the diamond on Sunday as they continue their road trip against the Valley Baseball League defending champions Waynesboro Generals. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Kate Collins field.


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