HICKORY, N.C. — Dante Bichette Jr. led the offensive charge as he finished 2 for 4 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and four RBIs in the Charleston RiverDogs’ 9-5 victory over the Hickory Crawdads in Saturday night’s South Atlantic League series opener at L.P. Frans Stadium.

The RiverDogs improved to 15-11 in the second half and 54-40 overall. The Crawdads dropped to 16-12 and 55-43.

Five of the nine RiverDogs in the starting lineup tallied two or more hits. Reymond Nunez went 3 for 4 with three singles, a walk and a run scored.

Charleston starter Vicente Campos pitched his regular four innings and departed due to his innings limit. Campos allowed a run on two hits while striking out six and walking just one. Luis Niebla (4-5) made his first appearance since being demoted to the bullpen and recorded three shutout innings, allowing just two hits while striking out six.

Game 2 of the four-game set against the Crawdads is Sunday at 5 p.m. at L.P. Frans Stadium. Charleston will start RHP Brett Gerritse (6-5, 4.58 ERA) as Hickory counters with LHP Andrew Faulkner (3-2, 3.08 ERA).