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Ryan Lobus pitched seven innings, allowed only three hits and struck out three.
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Hickory Crawdads Pick Up Win After Stellar Outing by Lobus

The Hickory Crawdads defeated the Asheville Tourists, 7-2 at home Wednesday night. A day after the Crawdads blew an early lead, it was the Tourists that jumped out with two runs in the first inning, but it was Crawdads after that point.

Crawdads starting pitcher Ryan Lobus, in his second start for Hickory, gave up a home run on the second pitch of the contest. Two outs later, the Tourists would stack the bases after a single, a walk, and another single that would score a second run. However, over the next 4.1 innings, Lobus was nearly untouchable. After striking out two batters in the first inning, Lobus sent down 10 more, including three straight in the second inning. His final stat line was five innings pitched, allowing three hits and two runs, walking three, but striking out 12.

After a Yeison Morrobel home run in the third inning, Alejandro Osuna homered in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. After a walk to Quincy Scott after Osuna’s home run, Ian Moller hit his first home run of the season to give Hickory a two run cushion they would not relinquish.

Adrian Rodriguez and Jackson Kelley shut down the Tourists on the mound after the gem by Lobus. Rodriguez went 1.1 innings, without allowing a hit, and striking out three, but walking three as well. Kelley went the rest of the way allowing no hits, no runs and striking out four.

Hickory improves to 15-26 and will host Asheville through the weekend.