Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach Pelicans use big inning to beat Carolina Mudcats

Jacob Rogers
Jacob Rogers Courtesy of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans had just one hit through the first five innings.

But the club turned things around with two swings of the bat in the sixth.

Mark Zagunis hit a game-tying solo home run, and Jacob Rogers followed with a two-RBI double later in the frame to give the Pelicans the lead, and Myrtle Beach held off Carolina for a 4-1 victory at TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.

“I got ahead in the count 1-0 and put a good swing on the ball,” Zagunis said of his long ball. “But everyone did a great job getting on base and not being selfish and Rogers battled up there and came up big for us.”

Pelicans starter Jen-Ho Tseng allowed one run on five hits and one walk and struck out two in 4 1/3 innings for a no-decision.

Myrtle Beach reliever Michael Heesch picked up the win as he tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, and James Pugliese tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the Pelicans.

“They did a great job from Tseng to Heesch and then [Pugliese],” Zagunis said. “They all obviously did a good job; any game that we give up only one run we expect to win.”

Zagunis was the only Myrtle Beach batter with multiple hits as he was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

“I actually have been feeling pretty good at the plate,” Zagunis said. “I’ve been struggling a little bit numbers-wise, but I’ve been working hard to get some of my power back and I think it’s starting to come. I definitely feel good out there.”

After the big sixth inning, the Pelicans added another run in the bottom of the seventh as Trey Martin scored after Mark Zagunis reached base on a fielding error by Carolina shortstop Johan Camargo to give Myrtle Beach’ a permanent 4-1 lead.

Joey Meneses hit an RBI single in the fourth inning for Carolina’s lone run.

Meanwhile, Mudcats starter Blair Walters received the loss as he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings.

After wrapping up a six-game series with the Mudcats, which Carolina took 4-2, Myrtle Beach hits the road for a four-game series with Frederick starting Monday at 7 p.m.

“It’s good to get on the road with us winning our last game in the series, that’s for sure,” Zagunis said. “Hopefully we snap out of the funk we’re in a little bit offensively and defensively and just starting playing a little better as a team. But it definitely was a big win for us.”

Contact MAX McKINNON at 626-0302 or on Twitter @mmckinnonTSN.

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