August 18, 2002
Hickory, NC - The South Georgia Waves remained perfect on their current road trip after handing the Hickory Crawdads a 7-4 loss in a South Atlantic League game at L.P. Frans Stadium Sunday.
The Waves have won five in a row and seven consecutive away from home including a recent four-game sweep of the Kannapolis Intimidators to begin their eight-game Northern Division road swing.
Sean Pierce hit a pair of homers, his third and fourth of the season and
second and third of the road trip as the Waves (28-26/68-55) edged Hickory (30-25/74-51) ace Chris Young.
South Georgia fell behind 4-0 as Leigh Neuage surrendered two runs in each the third and fifth innings before giving way to the Waves' bullpen in the sixth as South Georgia began to click offensively.
The lead was whittled to 4-1 when Derek Mann tripled to begin the sixth and scored on an RBI groundout by Thomari Story-Harden. Pierce belted a solo shot in the seventh to right-center field off Young in the seventh to make a 4-2 game and the Waves paraded eight men top the plate in the eight to cap the comeback.
Young was lifted after Franklin Gutierrez singled and Mann walked in the eighth. Carlos De Los Santos (3-2) checked in and allowed the Waves to tie the score on another RBI groundout from Scott Gillitzer and a sac fly by Jose Garcia. Edwin Bellorin delivered his fifth RBI single of the road swing with two outs to give the Waves the 5-4 lead before Pierce took an 0-2 De Los Santos breaking ball over the left field fence for his second home run of the night.
Ross Hawley (1-2) tossed two and third hitless innings to earn the win and Andres Astacio tallied his first career save, inducing Brandon Chavez into a flyout to right to end the game with the bases loaded.
The Crawdads stranded 14 runners on the evening.
The two teams meet in the second game of their four-game series Monday night at 7:00 p.m.