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Waves split twinbill

August 23, 2002

Albany, Ga - The South Georgia Waves split a doubleheader with the Augusta GreenJackets, winning the opener 5-1 before falling 5-2 in the second game in the South Atlantic League Friday night at Paul Eames Sports Complex.

 The Waves (29-31/69-60) scored a pair of runs in the first inning of the first game on a two-run single by Thomari Story-Harden in the opening frame.

 Story-Harden finished the night 2-for-3 as the Waves pounded out 12 hits against Augusta (31-30/65-65) pitching on their way to snapping a four-game losing streak.

Mike Keirstead (3-5) earned his third win in his last four decisions with six shutout innings of work, scattering four hits and walking three.

After the Waves tied the nightcap on an unearned run in fourth, the 'Jackets rallied off a pair of South Georgia relievers in the following frame.

Ryan Brunner's second RBI hit of the night fell softly in between Derek Mann and Franklin Gutierrez in shallow left-center field to plate the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run in the fifth.

 Franquelis Osoria tossed four strong innings for the Waves before Felix Arellan (4-4) allowed Juan Salazar to reach to begin the fifth with a leadoff double in the decisive rally.

Rafael Sanchez (7-12) earned the win with five innings of five-hit ball, allowing an earned run with six strikeouts and a walk and Jason Howell picked-up his 14th save and third against South Georgia with two shutout innings in relief in the seven-inning game.

 The two teams meet Saturday in the fourth game of their five-game series at 7:05 p.m. at Paul Eames Park. Leigh Neuage (0-2) will get the call for the Waves while Augusta counters with Brett Rudrude (6-7).

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