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FLOCK TAKE SERIES OPENER OVER THE CRABS

15 hits, strong starting pitching highlight victory

(Waldorf, Md., August 6, 2014) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 8-4 on Wednesday afternoon in the opener of a three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the Ducks 15-hit outburst

Long Island took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning off Blue Crabs starting pitcher Daryl Thompson. A two-run double from Bill Hall and a RBI single from Brandon Bantz did the damage.

Southern Maryland trimmed the deficit to two in the bottom of the second on a C.J. Ziegler solo home run off Ducks starting pitcher Shaun Garceau.

The Ducks added to their lead in the fifth on a pair of two-out RBI base-hits from Bantz and Joash Brodin. Cody Puckett then increased the lead to 6-1 in the seventh with a solo home to left-center before a run-scoring passed ball and RBI single from Adam Bailey in the eighth extended the lead to 8-1.

The Blue Crabs responded with three runs in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI single from Jake Opitz and a pair of bases-loaded walks drawn by C.J. Ziegler and Jamar Walton, but they would get no closer.

Garceau (9-3) picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits while striking out five over six innings of work. Thompson (3-4) took the loss, yielding four runs over four and one-third innings on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

Bailey and Bantz led the Flock with three hits apiece, while three other Ducks contributed with two hits.

Long Island will continue its three-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Thursday. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Right-hander Mitch Talbot takes the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Brad Meyers. Fans can follow all the action live online, with streaming audio available on the Ducks official YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

Long Island will return home on Tuesday, August 12 to kick off a six-game homestand with the opener of a three-game series against the Sugar Land Skeeters. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive 15th Anniversary Season Commemorative Posters, courtesy of Newsday. Tickets for the game and every Ducks regular season home game are now on sale. Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or by CLICKING HERE.

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Game Date: 08/06/2014
Long Island Ducks  8 AT Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  S Maryland         AB  R  H BI   AVG
F.Lentini RF        6  2  2  0  .311  J.Mitchell CF       4  1  2  0  .295
B.Harris 3B         4  2  2  0  .283  B.Stevens SS        5  0  0  0  .237
L.Ford CF           4  0  0  0  .333  J.Opitz 3B          4  1  1  1  .276
B.Hall DH           4  1  1  2  .213  L.Murton DH         4  0  1  0  .262
A.Bailey LF         4  1  3  1  .294  C.Ziegler 1B        3  1  3  2  .291
C.Puckett 2B        5  1  1  1  .276  J.Walton RF         2  0  1  1  .225
B.Bantz C           4  1  3  2  .297  A.Maruszak LF       4  0  0  0  .152
J.Brodin 1B         5  0  2  1  .244  J.Skelton C         4  0  0  0  .213
D.Lyons SS          5  0  1  0  .278  A.Zazueta 2B        4  1  1  0  .257
                   41  8 15  7                           34  4  9  4

L Island             3 0 0   0 2 0   1 2 0 -  8 15  1
S Maryland           0 1 0   0 0 0   0 3 0 -  4  9  2
2B--F.Lentini (30), B.Hall (2), B.Bantz (2), C.Ziegler 2 (23).
HR--C.Puckett (7), C.Ziegler (10). RBI--B.Hall  2 (6), A.Bailey (57),
C.Puckett (53), B.Bantz  2 (12), J.Brodin (46), J.Opitz (52), C.Ziegler  2
(55), J.Walton (16). SB--B.Bantz (1). E--B.Harris (7), A.Zazueta (12),
D.Thompson (6). 
LOB--L Island 11, S Maryland 7. DP--A. Zazueta(2B) - B. Stevens(SS) - C.
Ziegler(1B), J. Opitz(3B) - C. Ziegler(1B), J. Brodin(1B) - D. Lyons(SS),
B. Stevens(SS) - C. Ziegler(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
S.Garceau (W,9-3)               6.0   5   1   1   0   5   1    5.26
J.Lansford                      1.0   1   0   0   1   1   0    2.88
E.Niesen                        0.1   3   3   3   2   0   0    3.54
B.Lorin                         0.2   0   0   0   1   0   0    1.94
D.Kopp                          1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    3.38
                                9     9   4   4   4   6   1
 S Maryland
D.Thompson (L,3-4)              4.1   6   4   4   3   4   0    5.68
B.Grening                       1.2   2   1   1   0   0   0    6.59
E.Morlan                        1.1   4   3   3   2   1   1    5.09
C.Manning                       0.2   1   0   0   0   0   0    4.36
O.Santos                        1.0   2   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9    15   8   8   5   5   1
WP--E.Morlan (1). SO--L.Ford, B.Hall 2, C.Puckett, J.Brodin, J.Mitchell,
B.Stevens, J.Opitz, A.Maruszak, J.Skelton 2. BB--B.Harris, L.Ford, B.Hall,
A.Bailey, B.Bantz, J.Mitchell, C.Ziegler, J.Walton 2. BF--S.Garceau 21
(507), J.Lansford 5 (149), E.Niesen 6 (193), B.Lorin 3 (173), D.Kopp 3
(89), D.Thompson 23 (326), B.Grening 7 (185), E.Morlan 10 (103), C.Manning
2 (149), O.Santos 4 (11). P-S--S.Garceau 75-50, J.Lansford 22-12, E.Niesen
25-13, B.Lorin 7-3, D.Kopp 19-13, D.Thompson 98-57, B.Grening 28-19,
E.Morlan 43-26, C.Manning 6-3, O.Santos 13-9. 
T--3:04.  A--3155

Plate Umpire - Kris Green, Field Umpire #1 - Matt Beaver, Field Umpire #2 - John Distel