CHARLESTON, WV – The Savannah Sand Gnats cruised to an 8-0 win in Charleston, WV Thursday night to open their 2011 season in front of 4,807 fans at Appalachian Power Park. The Gnats paired a dominant effort on the mound from RHP Greg Peavey in his professional debut with an explosive effort from an offense that scored in each of the first four innings and pounded out 12 hits. Savannah pitching held the Power to just two hits all night.
The Gnats return home to Historic Grayson Stadium for Opening Night on Friday, April 15th.
Led by CF Darrell Ceciliani, the Gnats raced out to a 7-0 lead after four innings by scoring twice in the first inning, three times in the second, and a single run in the third and fourth innings. Ceciliani got the offense going in the top of the first with a leadoff double. After a LF Cory Vaughn walk, 1B Sam Honeck singled into center field to bring home Ceciliani with the season's first run. Vaughn scored later in the inning on an RBI groundout by 3B Aderlin Rodriguez. Honeck finished with a game-high three hits.
This was more than enough support for Peavey dealt five shutout innings with eight strikeouts. He retired the first 11 batters he faced, while striking out six of those 11. All told he allowed just two hits and a walk and did not allow a runner to third.
RHP Ronny Morla and RHP Gabriel Zavala combined on four perfect innings of relief with four strikeouts.
Savannah's RHP Ryan Fraser takes on LHP Zach Dodson in game two of the four-game series on Friday night.