Fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium hadn't seen such lopsided baseball in at least six years. The GreenJackets batted around three times in an 18-1 win over West Virginia tonight.
The more than 4,000 fans who showed up for the final Thirsty Thursday of the season saw the GreenJackets score more runs than in their previous four games combined.
Augusta's scoring came in waves. Tommy Joseph hit a three-run homer to complete an eight-run second inning.
Ryan Cavan and Ryan Lollis each hit two-RBI singles in a four-run fifth, and Skyler Stromsmoe and Chris Dominguez added two-run doubles in a six-run seventh.
The 18 runs scored and 17-run margin of victory both topped any offensive performance the GreenJackets have posted since at least 2004.
Overshadowed by the offensive explosion was the effort of GreenJackets starting pitcher Brian Irving, who threw a four-hitter over six and two-thirds innings and allowed just one unearned run to get the win.
West Virginia starter Brett Lorin was pulled with two outs in the second inning. He gave up eight runs, three earned, on seven hits.
Nick Liles went 4 for 6 with two RBI, while Cavan drove in four runs with a 3 for 6 night. Luke Anders went 3 for 5, and Lollis went 4 for 6 with three RBI.
Stromsmoe went 2 for 5 with four RBI on two doubles.