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.
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