KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers hit the road for a two-game series against the Green Bay Bullfrogs and came out with a 6-0 shutout win at Joannes Stadium for their fifth victory of the season.
A four-run eighth inning for the Growlers opened the flood gates. Eight Growlers went to bat in the eighth inning with Sam Griggs (Southern Indiana) and Eli Lovell (Kansas City Kansas CC) each picking up an RBI. Kasey Cooper (Arkansas-Fort Smith) roped a two-RBI double off the centerfield wall to give the Growlers the 5-0 lead.
Larry Wood (Northwood) dominated on the mound for Kalamazoo, tossing seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out five Bullfrog hitters. Wood had Green Bay off balance all night, as the Bullfrogs only had one extra-base hit all game. The Essexville, Mich. native picked up his first win of the 2016 season.
Drake Herrman (Pittsburgh State) and Grant Wolfram held on the lead for the Growlers, each pitching an inning in relief and striking out two batters.
Six Growlers picked up hits in the 6-0 win with Nick Hutchins (Southern Illinois) and Griggs each having multi-hit games. Dan Robinson (Central Michigan) extended his team-high hitting streak to seven games, and Dan Leckie (Lafayette College) extended his own hitting streak to six games.
Marcus Shoemaker (Lenoir Rhyne) had the only extra-base hit for Green Bay in the first inning. Shoemaker finished the game 1-for-3.
The Growlers (5-4) look for the road series sweep tomorrow night against the Bullfrogs (3-6) It'll be Tanner Andrews (Purdue) on the bump for Kalamazoo, making his second start of the season. First pitch is set for 7:35 p.m EST from Joannes Stadium.
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