Charleston starter Evan Rutckyj baffled the Hickory Crawdads by twirling seven innings of one-hit ball with eight strikeouts to lead the RiverDogs to a 3-1 victory on Tuesday night Riley Park in front of 3,046 fans.
With the win, the RiverDogs improve to 21-15 in the second half and 60-44 overall and remain in second place behind the Lexington Legends.
Rutckyj (9-6) needed just 94 pitches to get through seven innings and earn his team-leading ninth win. He only allowed four baserunners all night.
Former South Carolina star Tyler Webb finished things off the Crawdads (21-17, 60-48), pitching the eighth and ninth innings while allowing just a run on a hit and two walks to pick up his second save of the year.
Rutckyj received an offensive backing early. Charleston scored twice in the first inning led by Jake Cave and Reymond Nunez.
Charleston scored once more in the fifth thanks to Jake Cave. Cave was hit by a pitch, got to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by catcher Jorge Alfaro.
Cave finished 2 for 3 with two singles, a hit by pitch and two runs scored. Reymond Nunez was also 2 for 3 with two singles and a hit by pitch, adding an RBI.
Hickory’s lone run came in the ninth on a two-out RBI triple by Nomar Mazara to score Alfaro, who walked earlier in the inning. Jordan Akins was the only other Crawdad to record a hit.
Hickory starter Connor Sadzeck (9-4) took the loss, going six innings while allowing three runs, two earned on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
It was Shag Night at Riley Park featuring a pre-game performance from the Beach Music and Shag Preservation Society and DJ Andy Todd.
The finale of this four-game set against the Crawdads is set for 12:05 p.m. with the annual Splash Day on Wednesday. Charleston sends right-hander Vicente Campos (1-2, 3.50 ERA) to the mound, while Hickory counters with lefty Frank Lopez (2-5, 6.94).