June 21, 2009 - Loves Park, Ill. – The Rockford RiverHawks used hits big and small to defeat the Evansville Otters on Sunday, 8-4. The RiverHawks banged out 10 singles while Todd Martin and Matt Mazurek each hit a two-run home run.
Jason James had three singles, which extended his hitting streak to 19 games. That accomplishment tied a RiverHawks record also held by Ben Fjelland (2002) and Aaron McEachran (2005). During the streak, James has a batting average of .506.
Mazurek provided the game-winning hit in the bottom of the fifth with his two-run home run to left field. The blast put the ‘Hawks up, 6-4. Todd Martin added to that lead in the sixth inning with a deep drive to the right-field beer garden. Martin was 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Tanner Watson (2-0) earned his second win of the year in his first appearance at Road Ranger Stadium since 2007. Watson allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. John Muller relieved Fabian Gomez in the ninth inning with two runners on base to earn his seventh save. Calen Sutton (0-1) gave up all 15 of Rockford’s hits and took the loss in his first start of the year for Evansville.
The RiverHawks’ win ended a three-game losing skid.
The series continues against the Otters on Monday night at 7:05 p.m at Road Ranger Stadium. It is a corporate buyout night. Tickets are complimentary to fans, courtesy of WIFR.
The RiverHawks are members of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league in its 17th season. The RiverHawks host the 2009 Frontier League All-Star Game at 7:05 p.m. on July 15. Advertising and ticket information is available by calling (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com. Most games are broadcast live on ESPN 1380, and on the team website.