Bottom of the Express order comes up big in win
It doesn't matter where they hit as long as they hit.
The six, seven and eight hole hitters in the Eau Claire Express batting order combined for eight hits and six RBIs in a 9-1 on the road against the Rochester Honkers.
Drew Turbin went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the seventh to go along with four RBIs, Jeff Hendrix went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Brent Gibbs went 3-for-5 with an RBI to help the Express offense collect 14 total hits.
Peter Hendron made sure the offense didn't have to work too hard, however, as he turned in seven solid innings on the mound while giving up just one run and striking out five. Matt Panek pitched the final two innings for the orange and black.
The Express opened the scoring the in the top of the second when Turbin knocked in Brian Mundell on an RBI single. Later in the inning, Turbin scored when Gibbs singled him in.
The Honkers scored one in the bottom of the third, but the Express responded right away. In the top of the fourth, Hendrix doubled in Mundell on a hard hit ball to centerfield.
In the next inning, Peter Van Gansen doubled home Brady Burzynski, and All-Star Daniel Salters knocked him in on a single.
Eau Claire completely put the game away in the top of the seventh. With Salters and Mundell on base, Turbin launched his second home run of the season to give the Express an 8-1 lead. Later in the inning, Lane Milligan drove in Jeff Hendrix on a single to close the scoring.
It was the first win of the year for the Express against the Honkers. They'll look to do the same thing tomorrow at Mayo Field as Brett Seeburger takes the mound for his first start of the season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.