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Forum staff reports , Published August 04 2012

RedHawks extend Newman winning streak to 13 consecutive games

FARGO – Eric Campbell had a hunch he was going to get an off-speed pitch on the outside portion of the plate in his third-inning at-bat Saturday night.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks third baseman made good on that premonition. The right-handed swinging Campbell smacked a two-run home run off the foul pole in right field. That early homer helped fuel the RedHawks to a 9-5 victory against the Lincoln Saltdogs in American Association baseball before 4,263 fans at Newman Outdoor Field.

“He’s dangerous,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of Campbell. “He’s looking for pitches to drive. He’s not against a ball away from him going the other direction. He does that really well.”

The RedHawks (48-25) continued their home hot streak, winning their 13th consecutive game at Newman. F-M hasn’t lost at home since July 1 and now has a 22-13 home record.

“We should win here,” Simunic said. “This is a good crowd. It’s a good environment. Our fans our good, they come out here and cheer us on. It’s always customary that we’ve done well here so I don’t see any reason why this team can’t follow suit and be similar.”

Saturday it was early offense powered that RedHawks to victory.

F-M scored three runs in the third inning to build a five-run lead. Nic Jackson started the rally with an RBI fielder’s choice, which set the stage for Campbell. Campbell lunged a bit at an outside pitch from Lincoln left-handed starter Tommy Palica. Campbell’s low liner just snuck over the wall in right field and sliced into the foul pole, taking advantage of a gusting wind that was blowing out to right field. Jackson scored in front of Campbell, who staked F-M to a 5-0 lead at that point.

“He threw a changeup away,” said Campbell, who finished 2-for-5 to raise his season batting average to .368. “It really wasn’t a very good swing, but I barreled it. I don’t know how it stayed fair, but I’m glad it did.”

Lincoln (29-44) climbed back into the game in the seventh inning. Saltdogs designated hitter Stephen Holdren, who bats left-handed, cracked a grand slam over the wall in right field to trim the F-M lead to 7-5.

The RedHawks countered in the home half of the seventh, however, adding two more runs. Carlo Cota and Ryan Stovall each had RBI singles to give F-M a 9-5 lead.

“We came back and scored those two runs after they hit the grand slam,” Campbell said. “A lot of teams kind of fold a little right there and let them back into the game a little bit. I think that kind of put us back to where we needed to be, comfortable enough to finish the game.”

All nine batters in the F-M lineup had at least one hit Saturday and six RedHawks finished with multiple-hit nights.

“When we start putting some heat on some people we can put some runs across the board,” Simunic said. “We’re getting contributions from everyone. … The ability to score in bunches and multi-numbered runs in innings, it’s big.”

NOTES: Right-hander Alex Caldera (8-2, 3.41 ERA) is slated to start today for the RedHawks. Lincoln is expected to counter with right-hander Ryan Sheldon (5-2, 3.89 ERA). … RedHawks closer Tom Boleska has 22 saves this season. That’s one away from the team record. … RedHawks right fielder Ryan Stovall went 3-for-5 on Saturday to improve his season average to .284.

LINCOLN REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Smith cf 4 1 2 0 Pnprse ss 4 1 2 0

Rohan 1b 5 1 1 0 Stovall rf 5 2 3 1

Espnsa 2b 4 1 1 0 Jacksn cf 4 2 2 2

Holdrn dh 4 1 2 4 Cmpbll 3b 5 1 2 2

Provnchr rf 4 0 1 0 Gaston lf 5 0 1 1

Forgtch lf 3 0 0 0 Dlgdo dh 5 1 2 0

Wilder 3b 4 1 1 0 Rdrgz 1b 5 1 2 0

Chcoa ss 4 0 0 0 Jnnngs c 4 1 1 0

Miller c 4 0 2 1 Cota 2b 4 0 1 1

Totals 36 5 10 5 Totals 41 9 16 7

L 001 000 400–5 10 3

FM 203 101 20x–9 16 1

2B–Stovall 2 (11). HR–Holdren (7), Campbell (5). HP–Smith (8), Forgatch (4). SB–Provencher (14), Provatch (7), Penprase 2 (37). LOB–L 9, FM 10. E–Provencher (8), Chacoa (9), Miller (3), Penprase (18). DP–L 1, FM 2.

LINCOLN

IP H R ER BB SO

Palica, L 5 8 6 5 2 7

Parker 1Xc 7 3 3 0 2

Quinowski 1Zc 1 0 0 0 2

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Herron, W 6Xc 6 4 4 2 4

Moran 0 1 1 1 0 0

Fuqua 1Zc 3 0 0 0 1

Zenko 1 0 0 0 1 0

Umpires–Home: Childe. First: Carroll. Third: Gunton. Time–2:43. A–4,263.

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