Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Erceg’s stellar night at dish propels Carolina Mudcats to sweep of Pelicans

Jesse Hodges had two hits for Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, but it would prove to be far from enough for the Pelicans in a loss to Carolina.
Jesse Hodges had two hits for Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, but it would prove to be far from enough for the Pelicans in a loss to Carolina. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Final score

Carolina Mudcats 8, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2

Turning point

With the Mudcats up 1-0, Lucas Erceg’s grand slam off of Myrtle Beach pitcher Justin Steele broke things open.

Offensive star

Carolina third baseman Lucas Erceg was 3-for-5 with five RBIs, leading the Mudcats to a series sweep of Myrtle Beach.

Decision takers

Winner: Carolina’s Conor Harber (3-7) went five innings, giving up a run while scattering four hits. He struck out four, while walking two Myrtle Beach batters.

Loser: Myrtle Beach’s Justin Steele (6-7) went five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits. He struck out six in a losing effort.

By the numbers

3Carolina earned a three-game sweep of Myrtle Beach courtesy of Wednesday’s victory at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

10.5Number of games Myrtle Beach is out of first place in the Carolina League’s second half.

11 The number of strikeouts by Pelicans pitchers, as well as how many hits they gave up to Carolina batters on Wednesday night.

Keeping record

Myrtle Beach is 12-20 in the second half of the Carolina League slate. The Carolina Mudcats improve to 15-18.

On deck

The Pelicans hit the road to begin a four-game set with the Potomac Nationals on Thursday. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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