Originally created 07/24/01

Jackets avoid sweep



COLUMBUS, Ga. - Solid hitting and red-hot pitching enabled the GreenJackets to avoid a sweep at Columbus on Monday.

Rich Rundles and Dan Giese combined for a two-hitter in Augusta's 9-1 win over the Columbus RedStixx in South Atlantic League baseball action at Golden Park.

The GreenJackets pounded three home runs in improving their second-half record to 14-17.

Rundles (7-6) worked seven innings, allowing two hits and a run, and recorded seven strikeouts.

Giese hurled two scoreless innings in relief to finish the game. Rundles and Giese combined to retire the final 11 RedStixx batters.

The GreenJackets (14-17) scored four runs in the first inning off starter Devin Rogers (1-3).

Tony Blanco, Rick Asadoorian and Brian Esposito homered for Augusta, which snapped Columbus' three-game winning streak.

Nate Janowicz, a former University of South Carolina standout, and Willy Taveras had the only hits for the RedStixx. Both of the hits were doubles, and Janowicz drove home Eric Crozier in the third.

The GreenJackets return home today, when they begin a four-game homestand with Macon at Lake Olmstead Stadium.