Originally created 04/09/00

Augusta suffers 3rd straight loss



HICKORY, N.C. -- The Augusta GreenJackets' early season troubles continued Saturday night, suffering a 16-8 loss to the Hickory Crawdads in South Atlantic League action to fall to 0-3.

In three games against the Crawdads to open the season, the Jackets have been outscored 32-14, including 24-9 the past two nights.

The Jackets took an early 3-0 lead before Hickory's bats came alive, as the Crawdads scored eight runs in the fifth inning and seven more in the eighth en route to remaining at 3-0.

Every Hickory starter had at least one hit, with Josh Bonifay going 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the 16-hit attack. Vicente Castro also had three hits for the Crawdads, while Tony Alvarez hit his third home run in as many games.

Bobby Bradley, a former No. 1 draft pick of the Pirates, picked up the win, while Anastacio Martinez took the loss.

The teams wrap up their four-game series at 2 p.m. today with Brad Baker taking the Hill for the Jackets. He will be opposed by Greg Dukeman.

The Jackets' season-opening eight-game road trip continues Monday with the first of four against the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs. Augusta's home opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday when the Savannah Sand Gnats pay a visit to Lake Olmstead Stadium.