MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — After nine unsuccessful attempts, the Wilmington Sharks have beaten the Marlins, with a 7-6 victory at Big Rock Stadium on Saturday.
The two teams were tied at 6-6 entering the 9th inning, when James Parker (Clemson) hit an RBI triple to put the Sharks out in front 7-6. Alex Havlicek tossed a scoreless bottom of the 9th to earn his 4th save for the Sharks.
The Sharks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning after a Parker 2-run homer, but the Marlins answered back with long balls of their own in the 2nd. Jack Harris (SF State) hit his team-leading 8th homer on a solo shot to right, and Zack Miller (Delaware) launched a 2-run blast to tie the game.
The Marlins took the lead in the 5th, when Miller came up again and hit his 2nd two-run homer of the night. It was the 2nd time this summer that the Marlins had a 2-homer performance from a player. Dusty Baker (East Carolina) hit 2 homers against the Sharks on June 17.
The Sharks fought back in the 7th, with a two-run single from Zachary Bridges (UNC-Wilmington) to tie the game and set up the eventual go-ahead hit from Parker in the 9th.
The loss marked the first time all year that the Marlins hit multiple home runs in a game and came up short. Coming into the night's action, the Marlins were 5-0 in those games.
The Marlins and Sharks will square off four more times, but first the Fish will head to Wilson tomorrow to take on the Tobs.