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Series win in the bag
Adelaide Bite made sure of an opening series win.
11/14/2010 11:02 AM ET
Quincy Latimore goes deep.
Quincy Latimore goes deep. (SIA Sports Images)
Adelaide Bite made sure of an opening series win over Melbourne Aces with a 13-2 victory in the first game of Saturday's double-header at Norwood Oval, to go with Thursday's 9-1 win and Friday's 7-4 triumph.

While strating pitcher Brandon Maurer did not last as long as the previous two games' hurlers, reliever Ryan Murphy came on with two out in the third inning and the Bite leading 3-2, to go the rest of the way for the win.

The Bite had the perfect start in the bottom of the first inning when Quincy Latimore belted a three-run home run, a 3-0 lead that was whittled away by Melbourne over the next two innings, with Adelaide leading 3-2 at the bottom of the fourth.

With Murphy in control on the mound, the Bite started building on its lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the fourth frame, Stefan Welch and Latimore hitting run-scoring singles.

Latimore took a sensational catch on the leftfield fence at the top of the fifth inning, while Melbourne fell apart in the bottom of the frame, making two crucial errors, as the Bite piled on five runs, Jeremy Cresswell's two-run double the big hit.

Over the final two frames in the seven-inning contest, Murphy had Melbourne three-up and three-down on both occassions, while in Adelaide's final at bat, the Aces scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Pett hitting a two-run double.

The win gives Adelaide a 3-0 win-loss record to start the season, with the second game of the double-header giving the Aces their final chance to taste victory at Norwood Oval this year, while the Bite will aim for a sweep.

Melbourne 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 2 Adelaide 3 0 0 2 5 3 x - 13 Hits: Melbourne - Davies 2, Wearne, Lawman; Adelaide - Pett 3, McOwen 3, Latimore 2 (hr), Cresswell 2, Wigmore, Welch, Ough. WP: R. Murphy; LP: B. Hertzler.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.