CCU grad Conway gets first win as Pelicans end skid

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The Myrtle Beach Pelicans rallied from behind for an 8-4 win over the Winston-Salem Dash at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday night, snapping the Birds’ five-game losing streak.

Right-hander Jeremy Null finished with no decision in his Pelicans debut, but Former Coastal Carolina University starter Josh Conway (1-1) picked up his first professional win by firing hitless sixth and seventh innings. Left-hander Michael Heesch pitched two perfect innings and struck out three batters to save his second game of the year.

With the Dash leading 4-0 in the sixth, Myrtle Beach (42-33, 1-5 second half) rallied to tie the game. Dash starter Jordan Guerrero loaded the bases on a walk, a single, and a hit batter before catcher Cael Brockmeyer drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to center. First baseman Victor Caratini followed with a two-run double down the left field line, trimming the Dash lead to 4-3. Two batters later, Kevin Brown grounded a single to first, where Keon Barnum made a diving stop, but a throwing error to the base allowed Caratini to score the tying run.

Back-to-back hits opened the Pelicans seventh inning. Daniel Lockhart singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Mark Zagunis then staked the Birds to a 5-4 lead when he legged out an RBI double to center. Jeimer Candelario drove Zagunis in two batters later with a single to left, his third hit of the night, to hand the Pelicans a 6-4 advantage. Candelario tied a career-high with four hits, finishing 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored.

Left fielder Michael Suiter put the Dash on the board in the third inning when he hit his first home run of the season. Winston-Salem (34-41, 4-1 second half) attacked for three more runs when they batted around in the fifth. With a runner at second, designated hitter Toby Thomas tagged a two-run home run to left field and put the Dash ahead, 3-0. After a strikeout, second baseman Jake Peter lashed an RBI double to left field. With Winston-Salem leading 4-0, Null hit the next batter to load the bases, but struck out first baseman Keon Barnum to escape the inning.

The Pelicans scored a pair of insurance runs in the ninth inning by way of two singles, two hit batters, and an error to move in front, 8-4.

Null struck out four in his Class A-Advanced debut. The tall right-hander did not walk a man in his five innings of work. He was charged with four runs, all earned, on seven hits.

Guerrero struck out six batters over 5 1/3 innings yet took no decision. Euclides Leyer (2-1) was charged with a blown save when he allowed the tying run to score in the sixth. He would take his first loss after surrendering Zagunis’ go-ahead double and finished his night with two runs allowed, both earned, on four hits across 1 2/3 innings of work. The Birds struck for their two ninth-inning runs off of Michael Ynoa, who lasted 1 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out two.

The Pelicans will begin a three-game homestand against the Salem Red Sox on Wednesday. The first pitch from TicketReturn.Com Field for each game scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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