ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville hit three homers and scored eight unanswered runs against Charleston to erase an early 1-0 deficit and defeat the RiverDogs, 8-1, in the series opener Friday night at McCormick Field in South Atlantic League play.
Jake Cave continued his hot hitting for Charleston (30-31 second half, 69-60 overall) by smacking a double to begin the game. Dante Bichette Jr. later drove Cave in on a sacrifice fly to put the Dogs up 1-0 after half an inning.
But that was all the offense Charleston could muster on the night.
Derek Jones hit the first of his two homers for Asheville (23-37, 61-67) to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.
The bats for the Tourists were back at in the second with two more runs, this time on Ben Waldrip’s two-run homer.
Up 3-1 in the fourth, Asheville strung together four hits and a sacrifice bunt to bring in three runs. Later in the frame, Jones went deep again. This time with a man on base, Jones homered to right field to finish the scoring in the game and give the Tourists an 8-1 cushion.
For the RiverDogs, starter Derek Varnadore gave up six hits, six runs, two homers and struck out two in three innings to fall to 1-7. John Brebbia allowed two runs on two hits in three innings of work, and then Kelvin Castro struck out two in two scoreless frames to finish the game for Charleston.
Game two of the three-game series is at 6:05 p.m. Saturday at McCormick Field. Charleston will send out RHP Brett Gerritse (8-7, 3.74 ERA).
The Tourists will start RHP T.J. Oakes (9-8, 4.47 ERA).