Originally created 06/30/00

Jackets rally past RedStixx



COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Augusta rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a three-run sixth inning to ease past Columbus 5-3 in South Atlantic League action Thursday night.

Thursday night's victory gave the GreenJackets back-to-back victories and allowed them to take the four-gamme set with Columbus three games to one.

Righ-hander Rick Riccobono picked up the victory, working 5-2/3 innings while allowing one earned run on five hits.

Columbus took an early 2-0 lead, scratching home a run in the fourth and fifth inning. However, the Jackets rallied with a three-run sixth, then added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-2 lead.

The RedStixx added a meaningless run innn the bottom of the eighth before Jackets closer B.J. Leach closed the door on the REdStixx, working a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save.

Columbus starter Kyle Denney, who entered the game with a 1-0 record and a 0.64 ERA in three previous starts, worked the first five innings, but got a no decision. The right-hander allowed just one hit and struck one seven.

Augusta strung together seven hits, including a 2-for-4 performance from leadoff hitter Lew Ford. Shortstop Jon Anderson finished 1-for-3 with two RBI.