Tigers spoil FMS Rockets' home opener
The FMS Rockets managed just two hits off Fayetteville starting pitcher Colton Wiseman, while his Tiger teammates banged out nine hits that produced a 4-1 win Thursday night in a chilly Chapel Hill season opener.
Rocket starter Alex Huey matched Wiseman for three scoreless innings before the Tigers got on the board in the top of the fourth on consecutive base hits by 'Z' Pullen, Worth Watson, and Lex Marsh to load the bases before another base hit by Jeffery Pettice sent two runners home.
Hunter Beckman led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and Ty Hengesbach came in to run for Beckman.
Rocket backstop Ryan Moses followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt and as Hengesbach raced around second to an open third base, the throw from first base went sailing away and Hengesbach scored standing up, making it 2-1.
Wiseman would walk two out of the next three FMS batters before he escaped the jam on an inning ending strikeout.
Huey came back strong in the fifth, mowing down the Tigers on three straight strikeouts.
The Rockets wasted a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fifth as Dylan Pendley drew a leadoff walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Brashear.
A passed ball sent Pendley to third and that is where he remained stranded with one out.
Drew Daughrity came to the hill for the Rockets in the top of the sixth inning and gave up an RBI hit to Wiseman before getting out of a second and third, two-out jam with a grounder back to the mound.
Forrest could not score in the bottom of the sixth and Fayetteville added another run in the top of the seventh when Braden Moore banged a one-out single off Lane Allen and stole second before coming around to score on a Rockets' infield miscue.
FMS went down quietly in the seventh to end the three-run defeat.
Beckman and Pendley had the only two hits for the Rockets.
Huey turned in a solid performance for FMS on the mound, hurling five strong innings as the lefty gave up two earned runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking zero Tiger batters.