MOBILE – Tennessee starter C.J. Edwards allowed three runs in the first and the Tennessee offense managed just one run against Mobile’s A.J. Schugel as the BayBears finished the sweep of Friday’s doubleheader with a 4-1 win in Mobile.
The loss was Tennessee’s second of the night as they dropped game 1 of the doubleheader 8-1. The Smokies (24-23, 57-59) had won three straight before losing both games on Friday.
The BayBears (27-18, 69-45) lost series opener on Wednesday night, but after Thursday’s rain out, would take both games on Friday at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile.
Schugel (5-2, 3.43) allowed a run on six hits and struck out five in the victory.
Edwards (1-1, 3.21) in his second start back from the disabled list allowed three runs on three hits over four innings. Edwards threw 63 pitches, faced 18 batters and struck out five. He also walked two, retired one via a groundout and four via flyout.
The three run Mobile first featured a leadoff triple from Tom Belza and a two-run single from Gerson Montilla. Edwards also hit a batter and walked one in the inning.
The BayBears led 3-0 after the first and would not score again until getting a run against Tennessee reliever Hunter Cervenka in the fifth. Cervenka gave up a one-out walk to Nate Samson and then a run scoring double to Brandon Drury. Drury also had a run scoring sacrifice fly in the three run first.
Cervenka followed Edwards after he left the game after the fourth. The Tennessee left-hander gave up a run and one hit over two innings. Cervenka also struck out one and walked one in his appearance.
Schugel pitched through the fifth and earned the win. He was followed by relievers RJ Hively and Kaleb Fleck who pitched the sixth and seventh respectively. Hively gave up one hit and struck out one in a scoreless sixth. Fleck worked the seventh in the shortened game and earned the save. He allowed a hit and struck out two while earning his 15th save of the season.
Tennessee stranded five men on base in the loss and were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Mobile stranded three and were 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position in the victory.
Lars Anderson, Dustin Geiger and Luis Flores were all 2-for-3 in the loss. Geiger doubled twice and Flores scored the only run of the game for Tennessee. He scored in the fifth after Pin-Chieh Chen grounded out to first after Flores went to third on a double from Geiger.