08/17/06 — Huntsville tops Mudcats

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Huntsville tops Mudcats

Published in Sports on August 17, 2006 2:24 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Despite three solo home runs -- including two by J.C. Muniz -- Carolina could not overcome an early 5-0 deficit and fell to Huntsville 6-3 at Davis Stadium on Wednesday night.

Muniz homered in his first two at-bats, giving him his first multi-home run game of his career, while Jonathan Aceves hit his second pinch-hit homer of the season to lead the Carolina offense.

Huntsville, however, took a 5-0 lead in the second inning against Manu Olivera (3-8) and did not look back. Ozzie Chavez and winning pitcher Steve Hammond (5-4) each doubled in a pair of runs in the inning, while Callix Crabbe bunted home the other with two outs. Olivera settled in to work 42/3 additional innings, yet remained winless since June 5.

Carolina (22-30), which mustered two hits in Tuesday's loss, managed only four on Wednesday night, with Rex Rundgren's single in the third inning the Mudcats' only other hit.