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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Home Game TONIGHT vs Rockville! Big Train Earn 11th Win in 12 Games; Manna Food Drive TODAY

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 Big Train Earn 11th Win in Past 12 Games;
Look to Stay On Top Tonight at Home vs. Rockville 

Ben Griset went 5.2 innings giving up only three hits and one earned run.
It was another great night of baseball on Friday, as the Big Train captured their sixth consecutive win. The Big Train defeated the Southern Maryland Nationals 9-1 as Ben Griset (St. Mary's (CA)) picked up win number three on the season.

Griset went 5.2 innings, giving up only three hits and one earned run. The key to the game was keeping the Nationals' bats quiet early so that the Big Train offense could get hot in the middle of the game. Griset answered the call by striking out seven.

Griset was rewarded for his efforts in the third inning, as the offense struck for six runs including five off home runs from Hunter Renfroe(Mississippi State) and Tucker Tobin (George Mason). Michael Bass(UNC Wilmington) also contributed an RBI single to give Griset a 6-0 lead headed into the bottom of the third.

After a Nationals run in the bottom of the inning, the offense responded by tacking on two more on four hits. Brendan Hendriks (San Francisco) collected an RBI on a single to score Bass, and Tobin would follow that up with a bases-loaded single to drive in Renfroe to extend the lead to seven.

Eric Martin (Tennessee) relieved Griset in the sixth and kept the bats quiet for the next two innings, striking out four while giving up only one hit.

Brennan Middleton would score in the eighth inning to add on to the already-substantial lead, giving Will Resnick (High Point) an eight-run cushion as he came on to pitch the ninth inning.

Resnick was able to coast through the final three outs, giving up no runs and only one hit, securing the 9-1 victory.

The Big Train will look to move into second place tonight as they host the Rockville Express at Povich Field at 7:30 pm! Come see if the Big Train can even the season series and win their seventh straight! Tickets for tonight's game are only $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Tickets can be purchased here or at the gate!

Speaking of discounted tickets, SEASON PASSES ARE NOW JUST $65! Make sure to go online or to buy yours at the gate at the new price for the second half of the Big Train season! Click here to purchase your's now!
Game Notes

Click here for last night's box score and play-by-play. 

- With last night's win, the Big Train are now 9-1 in their last 10 games. This after a 4-9 start; the team has really been able to come together and make a terrific

- After last night's multi-hit performance, Michael Bass now has hits in 7 of his last 8 games including four games of 2 or more hits.

Ben Griset has now moved back into the league-lead in ERA (amongst qualified players) with a 2.02 and is also tied for third in wins (3).

TODAY: Big Train Participate in Manna Food's
3rd Annual Feed the Hungry Challenge!

Big Train players participating in last year's challenge.

Help the Big Train and Manna Food fight hunger today at the 3rd Annual Feed the Hungry Challenge! Stop by Giant Food at either 7142 Arlington Road or 10400 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda and donate nonperishable food this Saturday, July 7th, between 10AM and 2PM. Big Train players, staff, Homer, and Bunt will be on hand to collect the food. The Big Train will be handing out one-night family passes to anyone who donates two items or more to the cause!

The Rockville Express have emerged victorious in the first two years of this incredible event. Homer wants to come out on top, so make sure that you do your part to help the Big Train get in the win column!

For more information, please click here. 

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