Nunez Slugs Charleston to 5-0 Win Over Hickory

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Reymond Nunez led the Charleston RiverDogs offense with four RBI and a homer in a 5-0 victory over the Hickory Crawdads Friday night in South Atlantic League play at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 4,891 fans. The shutout was Charleston's seventh of the season.

The RiverDogs are now 43-34 on the season and 4-5 in the second half. They are in fifth place in the Southern Division for the second half of the season. The Crawdads now move to 45-34 on the season and 6-3 in the second half. They are in first place of the Northern Division for the second half of the season.

Reymond Nunez continued his hot hitting Friday night as he went 3-4, drove in four runs, blasted a home run, and made a fantastic play in the field at first base. He has been trouble for the Crawdads all season long. In eight games against Hickory, Nunez is hitting .426 with three homers and 13 RBI.

Charleston wasted no time as they struck for two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Cito Culver and Angelo Gumbs led off the frame with back-to-back singles and then stole third and second, respectively. Both scored on a Nunez two-out single to center field to give the RiverDogs an early lead.

Crawdads starting pitcher Andrew Faulkner (2-2) settled down from there as he would only surrender one more run on the night. In 5.2 innings of work he allowed three runs on seven hits, walked two batters, and recorded five strike outs, but was tagged with the loss.

The RiverDogs extended their lead with a two out rally in the fourth. With two outs and no one on base, Jake Cave walked, went to second when Wes Wilson was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a Danny Oh single and then scored the third Charleston run on a passed ball.

In the bottom of the seventh, Nunez ripped a two-run line drive home run over the left field wall to extend the Charleston lead to 5-0. The homer was Nunez's eighth of the season.

Hickory managed just three hits off the stellar RiverDogs pitching. Charleston starting pitcher Daniel Camarena pitched four innings and allowed no runs on just one hit, but he was not a factor in the decision. He was relieved by Adam Smith (4-0) who went two innings, allowed no runs or{}