The top six batters in the order were just 3-for-18, but freshman Kyle Watson, hitting in the No. 8 hole, had a big-time debut going 2-for-3 with two doubles, one of them driving in two runs in the eighth when the lead was only 5-4.
Sikes Orvis was among the struggling guys at the top as he went 0-for-4. JB Woodman, batting lead off, had two of the three hits for the top of the order guys.
Christian Trent was just OK in his first game as the staff ace. He gave up six hits — one of them a solo home run — but walked only one through five innings of work.
Evan Anderson looked good as the first guy out of the bullpen but didn’t get out of the seventh. The Tribe scored three times against him, but that seventh might have looked a lot different if not for a one-out error on a routine ground ball by shortstop Errol Robinson who had two errors in the game.
Scott Weathersby relieved Anderson and was outstanding with no hits, no walks, no runs. He retired all eight batters he faced in 2.2 innings.
The series resumes with a doubleheader tomorrow, two nine inning games beginning at noon.
Here’s Mike Bianco: