Carolina Mudcats Win Opening Day Game, 11-2

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The Carolina Mudcats pounded out 14 base hits en route to an 11-2 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash in front of 5,356 on Opening Night at Five County Stadium.

Jesus Aguilar paced the Mudcats’ offense with four hits, including a two-run double. Tyler Holt drove in three runs with three hits. Carlos Moncrief drew four walks, and scored twice.

Clayton Cook (1-0) earned the win by holding the Dash to one run and two hits over five innings, despite allowing five walks. The right-hander struck two.

The loss went to Dash starter Jake Petricka (0-1). The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits over four innings. He walked four, and struck out five.

Cody Allen was fantastic in relief for the Mudcats. Allen faced the minimum over two innings, and struck out five. Jose Flores worked a scoreless inning, and Clayton Ehlert allowed a run in the ninth.

Winston-Salem struck first thanks to a two-out single from Trayce Thompson, plating Nick Ciolli in the first.

Carolina took the lead for good in the second inning. After a single by Jake Lowery and a walk from Moncrief, Ronny Rodriguez belted a triple off the wall in straightaway center. Holt scored Rodriguez with a hit one out later.

The Mudcats added two runs to the lead in the seventh thanks to a groundball double inside the bag at third by Jesus Aguilar. Carolina blew the game open with a six spot in the eighth. The frame was highlighted by a two-run single from Holt. Giovanny Urshela and Jeremie Tice each plated a run with singles, and Lowery drove in his first RBI of the year with a groundball.

Carlos Sanchez drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth for Winston-Salem to round out the scoring.

The Mudcats continue their series against the Winston-Salem Dash at Five County Stadium, April 7, at 6:15 p.m. LH Mike Rayl (0-0, 0.00) will start against RH Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00) for the Dash. Tickets are available through the box office by calling(919) 269-2287 or visiting

Timothy J. Lavallee

Timothy J. Lavallee

Timothy J. Lavallee lives in Wake Forest. He is a married father of a son, a daughter, and a rescued boxer dog named Belle. He is the co-founder of Destination Wake Forest.

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One Response to Carolina Mudcats Win Opening Day Game, 11-2

  1. Carolina Mudcats Win Opening Day Game, 11-2

    DestnationWakeForest (@destinationwf)
    April 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm