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Hooks Break Scoreless Streak in 7-2 Win Over NW Arkansas

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CORPUS CHRISTI (CC Hooks) - Telvin Nash went 3-for-3 to help the Hooks offense snap a long run-scoring drought and Corpus Christi beat Northwest Arkansas 7-2 Friday night in front of 5,953. After a scoreless first inning, the Hooks broke out of a scoreless inning streak that had climbed to 19 with two runs in the bottom of the second. Preston Tucker led off with a single and scooted to second base on a ground out. Leo Heras, who turned 24-years-old Thursday, followed with his league-best fourth triple to put Corpus Christi in front 1-0. Heras would touch home on a Tyler Heineman ground out to make it a two-run lead.

Hooks starter Mike Hauschild (1-0) gave the two runs back in the top of the third. The eighth and ninth place hitters, Micah Gibbs and Ethan Chapman, led off with singles before a botched bunt attempt resulted in Gibbs being gunned down at third base. Orlando Calixte knocked a base hit to plate Chapman and a Jorge Bonifacio double scored Justin Trapp to tie the game at two.

Like Hauschild a half inning earlier, Naturals starter J.C. Sulbaran (2-4) could not post a shut down inning in the bottom of the third. Nolan Fontana hit a ground rule double to right field, was bunted over, and scored on Jonathan Meyer's fielder's choice.

Neither team scored again until Nash belted his fifth home run of the season in the sixth against new Naturals pitcher Noel Arguelles to give Corpus Christi a 4-2 cushion. Tyson Perez made his Double-A debut in relief of Hauschild and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.

Corpus Christi took advantage of Northwest Arkansas blunders in the eighth. Reliever Andrew Triggs hit a batter and walked another, while the Naturals defense committed two errors that led to three Hooks runs and provided the final margin.

Patrick Urckfitz then came on for Corpus Christi and retired the Naturals in order in the ninth inning.

Game two of the three-game series is Saturday at 7:10 PM, with Whataburger Field gates opening at 5:40 PM. Corpus Christi will send the tandem of Luis Cruz (4-5, 3.99) and Jordan Jankowski (0-1, 3.94) to the mound against Northwest Arkansas' Sam Selman (3-3, 3.30), Kansas City's 15th rated prospect by MLB.com. The first 2,500 to arrive will receive a Hooks Trucker Cap, presented by Kleberg Bank.

--Corpus Christi Hooks