Crancer finished the day with two hits and four rbi. The home run by Crancer, an opposite field shot, was his fourth of the year. Michael Fisher continued his torrid hitting by picking up two more hits and reaching base four times. Fisher finished the series with eight hits and reached base eleven times. Seven different Jackets had two or more hits today.
Coach Danny Hall continued to experiment with the young Jacket lineup by moving Patrick Long from third to second and Jeff Ussery from second to third. Matt Harper started his second straight game in left before giving way to Chris House. House came through with another key hit. His 2-run single in the eighth put the game out of reach for Duquense.
Tim Ladd came in for the Jackets in the sixth and pitched two innings giving up four runs. Freshmen Zach Von Tersch and Will Hirsch both pitched one-two-three innings in the eighth and ninth respectively.
New and Notes - Tim Gustafson looks to start the season with the Rome Braves. His parents were at today's game. Duquesne rightfielder Brian Bernardo picked up two assists today. He threw out Danny Payne at the plate and Jeff Ussery at first after he rounded first base on a single.
The Jackets team batting average went over the .300 mark for the first time this season. Crancer leads the team with a .536 average followed by Payne at.417, Fisher at .341 and Wieters at .326. Wieters caught all three games of the series. This is an oddity in Coach Hall's system. Normally the backup catches one game of the series. Fisher continues to play a very solid shortstop for the Jackets.
Many of the teams in the South played doubleheaders yesterday because of the impending weather. This led to a large contingent of major league scouts showing up at the game today. Several teams sent multiple scouts to watch some of the future Jacket draft choices.