A two-run homer by Miguel Andujar and Ian Clarkin's five shutout innings in his team debut created an early lead, and Charleston held back late threats from Delmarva to claim a 6-5 win Saturday night in front of 3,596 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League action.
Luc Rennie (0-3) matched Clarkin through the first few innings until a RiverDogs (14-14) rally in the fourth. Abiatal Avelino hit a leadoff double and came in after a two-out single by Mike Ford. Andujar followed with a two-run blast, his first homer of the season, to put Charleston up, 3-0.
Clarkin (1-0) struck out five with no walks in five innings.
Former Clemson football players Tajh Boyd and Quandon Christian each threw out a ceremonial first pitch, mingled with fans and signed autographs at Saturday's contest. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church highlighted Greek Heritage Night, featuring pregame and in-game dance routines from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Dance Ministry. Fans can use their tickets from Saturday's game to receive free entry into the 44th annual Charleston Greek Festival to be held May 9-11.
The series continues with a 5:05 p.m. game on Sunday. RiverDogs LHP Caleb Smith (2-1, 0.84 ERA) will pitch against Shorebirds RHP Austin Urban (1-2, 6.89 ERA).