WILMINGTON, NC (SHARKS RELEASE) -- Wilmington (10-11) used twelve hits to get back in the winning column with a 9-5 victory over the Morehead City Marlins (2-18), avenging Wednesday night's loss in Morehead City. Everyone in the Sharks starting lineup, aside from Nathan Becker and Michael Montville, had a hit Thursday night.
Morehead City starting pitcher Scott Edge was chased from the mound in the bottom of the second inning after giving up five quick Shark scores. Edge walked Moorhouse and Montville in the first, which brought Collin Steagall. The lefty sat on a 2-0 fastball and ripped it down the right field line for a double, clearing the bases.
The Morehead City Marlins often find themselves on the receiving end of crooked innings - many of which have come late in the game. The Marlins have allowed 42 runs in the seventh inning or later on the season, including a five run ninth to fall to the Sharks on June 13th. Wilmington wouldn't wait until the ninth this time.
In the bottom of the second, Sam Foy and Shawn Sanders picked up singles with one out, and leadoff Steven Linkous was walked to load the bases, effectively ending Edge's evening on the mound. Kyle Driscoll was inserted into a sticky situation, and walked Alex Raburn to bring a run across and make matters worse. Centerfielder Nate Moorhouse tacked on two more runs in the frame with a double, followed by another Mike Monvtille walk. Cam McRae's two RBI single would make the score 7-2 after two complete innings.
Alex Raburn singled to lead off the fourth, scoring from second on another Nate Moorhouse RBI double. Clubhouse RBI leader notched 3 more RBIs to his belt, bringing his total to 18 on the season.
Moorhouse was 2-4 at the plate with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored, while Alex Raburn was 3-4 with a walk and 2 RBIs, and a stolen base as the cherry on top. Shawn Sanders was the third Shark with a multi-hit game, going 2-2 with a scored run.
Wilmington native and Sharks starting pitcher Joe O'Donnell was credited with the win after pitching six full innings, allowing just 3 runs on 10 hits, striking out 5 and walking none. The bullpen efforts of Zach Wimmer, Will Shepley, and Kyler Stout would preserve the lead.
The Sharks set out for a weekend in Virginia, facing Peninsula (12-5) Friday and Petersburg (5-11) Saturday. Saturday's contest in Petersburg will be the sixteenth game in seventeen days.
CHARLOTTE (HORNETS) -- The Charlotte Hornets today unveiled the uniforms to be worn by the team in its return to NBA action for the 2014-15 season. The white home and purple road uniforms are joined by a teal alternate uniform that can be worn in either location.
The home and road uniforms feature the word "Hornets" on the front, while the alternate jersey says "Charlotte." Each of the uniforms feature several elements tied to the history of the uniforms used by the original Hornets, including the use of stripes, the crossover-style V-neck collar and the placement of a logo on the waistband of the shorts. The stripes appear on the left side of the uniform only and bring back the purple, teal and light blue striping used by the original Hornets, along with the addition of gray. The shorts feature the team's one-color silhouette logo on the waistband and a cell pattern on the bottom left leg with either a secondary or alternate logo. In addition, the bottom right leg includes tone-on-tone lettering that says "Charlotte" on the home and road uniforms and "Hornets on the alternate, meaning the words "Charlotte" and "Hornets" will both appear somewhere on each of the uniforms.
"It was important for us that our new uniforms reflect the heritage and history of the original Hornets both visually and philosophically, while also having aspects of the evolution to a new brand," said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. "We wanted a look that was sharp and precise, echoing the attributes of our team. We are elated to unveil our new look to our fans and hope they are as excited by the uniforms as we are."
The white home uniform has a teal V-neck collar with a purple stripe. The word "Hornets" appears in teal with a purple background, while the numbers are purple tone-on-tone and the player's name is teal. A teal silhouette logo is on the waistband of the shorts, which has the Crown CH logo on a teal cell pattern background on the bottom left leg and the word "Charlotte" in white tone-on-tone on the bottom right leg.
The purple road uniform has a teal V-neck collar with a purple stripe. The word "Hornets" appears in white with a teal background, while the numbers are teal tone-on-tone and the player's name is white. A teal silhouette logo is on the waistband of the shorts, which has the Crown CH logo on a teal cell pattern background on the bottom left leg and the word "Charlotte" in purple tone-on-tone on the bottom right leg.
The teal alternate uniform has a purple V-neck collar with a teal stripe. The word "Charlotte" appears in white with a purple background, while the numbers are purple tone-on-tone and the player's name is white. A white silhouette logo is on the waistband of the shorts, which has the secondary logo on a purple cell pattern background on the bottom left leg and the word "Charlotte" in teal tone-on-tone on the bottom right leg.
Due to the color of the teal uniform, it can be used as an alternate for either home or road games. The alternate can be worn a total of 16-20 times per season, allowing more usage for the popular color in front of the home fans.
The word "Hornets" appears on the front of the home and road jerseys to signify the importance of the name returning to Charlotte. The alternate jersey provides an opportunity to pay homage to the original teal uniforms that said "Charlotte" on the front, which in 1988 conveyed the pride of the city having its first NBA team.
As with the team's overall brand identity, the uniforms were designed in collaboration with senior executives within the Hornets organization; Jordan Brand, a division of Nike; and the NBA's Global Merchandising Group. Both Jordan Brand and Nike have a long history of working with professional teams and universities in developing brand identities and utilize some of the world's most highly recognized designers.
The uniforms are manufactured by adidas, the NBA's official uniform provider, and are part of the NBA Revolution 30 series. The uniforms are 30 percent lighter and incorporate the company's CLIMACOOL fabric which dries twice as fast as previous NBA uniforms.
Beginning this afternoon, each of the three uniforms will be on display in the atrium at the Mint Museum Uptown through Thursday, July 10 free of charge. A set of uniforms will also be on display at the Hornets Fan Shop at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Fans will be able to begin pre-ordering jerseys in August at the Hornets Fan Shop. Jerseys are expected to arrive in late September.
PINEHURST, NC (AP) -- Top-ranked Stacy Lewis is the clubhouse leader in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst.
Lewis shot a 3-under 67 for a two-stroke edge over Katherine Kirk and So Yeon Ryu. They were the only players from the morning group to break par.
Michelle Wie (wee) was just one stroke back with three holes to play.
Eleven-year-old Lucy Li shot an 8-over 78. The youngest qualifier ever in the tournament carded a triple-bogey and a pair of double-bogeys but missed only one fairway.
Note: Click the play video icon in order to see a portion of Lucy Li's news conference after her round. It was clearly a breath of fresh air.
RALEIGH, NC (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes have hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new coach.
The team announced Peters' hiring Thursday and said he would be introduced Friday during a news conference.
It's the first big hire for new general manager Ron Francis, who took over in April during a reshuffling of the organization.
The 48-year-old Peters spent the past three years working primarily with the Red Wings' defensemen and penalty-killers.
His hiring ends a 46-day search for Kirk Muller's replacement. He was fired May 5 after going 80-80-27 in three seasons. The Hurricanes haven't made the playoffs since 2009 and have made the postseason just once since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006.
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