Silver Hawks Make It 6 Straight with Shutout

The South Bend Silver Hawks held the West Michigan Whitecaps to just four hits in a 3-0 shutout victory Saturday night for their sixth straight victory and their seventh in the last eight games. With the win, South Bend moves ahead of West Michigan for sixth place in the Eastern Division standings.

South Bend scored first on Saturday night, tallying two runs in the top of the second against left-handed starter Jade Todd (LP, 0-3). David Nick started the rally with a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Bobby Stone followed with a double off the wall in left, scoring Nick for a 1-0 lead. Stone scored with two outs in the inning on Keon Broxton's ground ball that was kicked for an error, putting the Silver Hawks in front 2-0.

Silver Hawks starter Charles Brewer (ND) did not allow a run in his time on the mound, but fell victim to a pitch count and departed before reaching five full innings. Over 4.2 innings, Brewer allowed three hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

Chris Odegaard (WP, 2-0) took over in relief and stole the show. Odegaard retired all seven batters he faced, striking out six to earn his second victory of the year.

For the second night in a row, the Silver Hawks added an insurance run in the top of the eighth. Chris Owings had a one out double and scored on Bobby Borchering's single to center to extend the lead to 3-0. The RBI marked Borchering's team-leading ninth run batted in this season.

Keny Sosa (ND) pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth, leaving the tying run on base before turning it over to Bradin Hagens (SV, 2) in the ninth. Hagens struck out the first two hitters and then fielded a comebacker for the final out, carrying the Silver Hawks to their second shutout win of the season.

Hawk Droppings

* Matt Davidson extended his team-high hitting streak to nine games with a single

* Keon Broxton snapped his triples streak at three games by failing to hit a three-bagge Saturday night.  Broxton ranks first in the Midwest League with five triples.

* The Hawks have allowed only 11 runs during their six-game win streak, which averages to less than two runs per game

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