Former Tiger sets hits record

Coming off a combined 8-for-8 performance at the plate the previous two nights, Colvin wasted no time in extending his hitting streak.

Tyler Colvin came into Sunday's game needing three hits in his first three at bats to tie the Southern League record for most consecutive hits. He did that with a three-run home run in the fourth to propel the Smokies to an 11-1 win over the Carolina Mudcats at Smokies Park. The win, in front of 4,525 fans, is the Smokies' seventh in a row and keeps the team a half-game behind Chattanooga for first place in the Southern League North Division.

He delivered singles in the first and third innings to help the Smokies build a 6-1 lead over Carolina and Mudcats starter Zach Ward (0-1).

Heading into the fourth, Colvin went to the plate needing one more hit to tie the league record for most consecutive hits (11). Colvin would succeed as he drilled a Chris Kelly pitch over the right field wall. The home run was his ninth of the year, and scored teammates Jonathan Mota and Jim Adduci to give the Smokies a commanding 9-1 lead after four.

Two more runs in the bottom of the fifth put the Smokies up 11-1 and Colvin back at the plate. With two outs and runners on first and third, Colvin hit a pitch to Mudcats RF Stephen Chapman. He closed in on the well-hit ball to record the third out and prevent Colvin from breaking the record. Top Stories