|Friday, April 27, 2012
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jesse Goldberg-Strassler
( 517) 485-4500, extension 233
Lugnuts outclass Kane County, complete sweep
LANSING, Mich. – K.C. Hobson and Andy Burns each went deep in support of another great start from David Rollins to power the Lansing Lugnuts (17-5) to a 4-2 victory and a three-game sweep of the Kane County Cougars (10-12) on a Friday Grand Slam School Day at Cooley Law School Stadium.
Lansing’s Midwest League-leading pitching staff shut down Kane County’s league-best offense in the three-game series, allowing just four runs.
Hobson and Burns each went deep in the second inning against Edwin Carl (Loss, 1-2) to give Lansing a 2-0 lead. It was Hobson’s second homer of the series amid a 2-for-4 day. Third baseman Burns went 2-for-4 on Friday, adding a double and scoring a pair of runs in addition to supplying his third long ball of the year.
After sitting out the opener, Burns went 5-for-7 with a double, triple and home run in the final two games of the series.
Lugnuts start David Rollins (Win, 2-0) limited the Cougars to only three hits and one run in five innings while striking out six before yielding to his bullpen.
Kramer Champlin tossed a pair of scoreless innings and Javier Avendano threw a perfect eighth inning.
Jon Berti added an RBI single in the seventh that was misplayed by Cougars right fielder Jorge Bonifacio, allowing Shane Opitz to score and giving Lansing a 4-1 lead.
Those runs proved important during an eventful ninth inning for Ajay Meyer (Save, 8). After an Opitz error kept the Cougars alive, Meyer walked in a run to bring Kane County within 4-2. Pinch-hitter Murray Watts followed with a liner to left field that Kevin Pillar misjudged -- but was able to recover in time to snag and end the game.
The Lansing Lugnuts continue their six-game homestand at Cooley Law School Stadium on an Eat-A-Palooza Saturday, April 28th, at 7:05 p.m., offering the value of $17 ticket for a ticket and all-you-can-eat food inside the ballpark.
Lugs right-hander Marcus Walden (1-0, 2.29) starts opposite Clinton LumberKings lefty Jordan Shipers (1-0, 1.93) in the pitching matchup.
Tickets are available online at the team website at www.lansinglugnuts.com, at the stadium box office, and by calling 517-485-4500.
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