Hickory Crawdads pitcher Robbie Ross wasn't perfect Tuesday night against the Charleston RiverDogs, but he was awfully close.
Ross allowed one hit over eight innings and the Crawdads coasted to an 8-0 South Atlantic League baseball victory over the RiverDogs at Riley Park.
"Ross mixed it up, threw it really well and we didn't swing the bats very well," said Charleston manager Greg Colbrunn. "You have to tip your hat to him."
Charleston's Jimmy Paredes dispensed with any no-hit drama with a leadoff single to left in the bottom of the first, but Paredes was wiped out in a double play and Ross didn't allow another baserunner for the rest of his eight-inning stint.
He walked none and struck out four.
"We've faced him before and he was tough on us then too," Colbrunn said. "He was spotting his fastball really well in and out of the zone and just kept us off balance."
Hector Nelo pitched the ninth for the Crawdads and allowed the only other Charleston hit -- a two-out infield single by Ray Kruml.
Meanwhile, Josh Romanski had a rough outing in his professional pitching debut for the RiverDogs (22-30).
The Crawdads (33-20) roughed up Romanski for seven runs over three innings.
Romanski faced 20 batters, allowing nine hits, including two homers. He struck out three and walked one.
"It was his first professional start and it was against a first-place team that has been swinging the bats really well," Colbrunn said. "It was a tough outing. But hopefully he'll learn from it and move forward."
Romanski, who missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, was a fourth-round pick by Milwaukee in 2008. The Yankees organization signed him April 21 after he was released by the Brewers, who had used him primarily as an outfielder.
SAL honors Murton
RiverDogs infielder Luke Murton was named the South Atlantic League's hitter of the week. Murton, who has seen time at first base and designated hitter, batted .500 this past week, going 11 for 22, with five doubles, one home run and three RBIs.
The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket from McDonough, Ga., is batting .306, with a league-leading 20 doubles, seven homers and 29 RBIs.
Charleston and Hickory play at 7:05 tonight in Game 2 of the four-game series. LHP Robert Erlin (1-1, 0.52 ERA) is the scheduled starter for Hickory, while RHP Sean Black (4-3, 4.85 ERA) is scheduled to start for the RiverDogs.