(Sugar Land, TX., June 2, 2015) – Tonight was Southern Maryland’s eighth comeback win here in 2015, and it was by far the most special, as the Blue Crabs beat the Sugar Land Skeeters 3-2, with manager Stan Cliburn earning win number 1,500 for his managerial career.
Sugar Land’s pitching staff had a no-hitter going through eight innings of play. The Skeeters got on the board first offensively in the bottom of the fourth with a Jeremy Barfield ground rule double to score Delwyn Young to make it 1-0. Sugar Land added another run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-0.
As fate would have it, Southern Maryland’s offense showed up in the top of the ninth to save the day and to avoid the no-hitter (the most recent no-hitter against the Blue Crabs occurred in 2010). With one out, Fred Lewis and Jake Opitz walked in back-to-back at bats to put runners at first and second. John Lujan then balked to put runners at second and third. Zach Wilson then grounded out to score Lewis to make it a 2-1 ballgame. Cyle Hankerd, who homered twice during yesterday’s game, came to bat and launched a two-run shot over the wall to make it 3-2 and complete the comeback for the Blue Crabs. RHP Erik Hamren sat the Skeeters down in order in the bottom of the frame to secure the win and send Stan Cliburn to his 1,500th victory.
Southern Maryland returns home tomorrow and will play game one of a four-game set against the Bridgeport Bluefish. The first pitch is set for 7:05pm. RHP Brian Baker (2-2, 4.02) will start for Southern Maryland, and LHP Mike Antonini (2-3, 4.24) will throw for Bridgeport.