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Bite complete sweep over Aces
Adelaide ETSA Bite won both games of Saturday's double-header
11/14/2010 11:34 AM ET
Lead off hitter James McOwen brings in one of 5 RBI's for the series
Lead off hitter James McOwen brings in one of 5 RBI's for the series (SIA Sports Images)
Adelaide ETSA Bite won both games of Saturday's double-header over Melbourne Aces to complete a 4-0 sweep to start the season in style, after winning the final contest 8-3.

After playing a blinder in the earlier game, Quincy Latimore did no harm to his reputation with a pair of long home runs in the finale, while starting pitcher Dusan Ruzic threw into the seventh frame in another solid outing by Bite hurlers.

The game was tight through the first three innings with neither side able to score. Adelaide broke it open in the bottom of the fourth when Jeremy Cresswell doubled and Latimore homered.

With two out the damage hadn't quite been completed yet though, as Tom Brice doubled and Brandon Bantz hit a run-scoring single for a 3-0 lead.

Latimore made it 4-0 with another 'moon' shot in the sixth frame, when his blast sailed over the rightfield fence.

Melbourne finally managed to score in the seventh, which saw Ruzic leave the game. The Bite was up to the challenge though with a pair of runs in reply, thanks to a couple of walks and two errors.

While for most of the series the Aces' bats seemed to be asleep, they awoke in the eighth frame, with Josh Davies and Matt Lawman hitting doubles, followed by singles to Josh Henricks and Nathan Aron, to score two runs and cut the lead to 6-3.

But as it did all series, Adelaide refused to lie down and answered with a pair of runs after hits to Stephan Welch, Brandon Bantz and James McOwen in the bottom of the eighth.

Reliever Wayne Ough came onto the mound in the top of the ninth for the Bite and retired all three batters he faced to preserve the 8-3 scoreline.

Ruzic pitched 6.3 innings for six hits, one walk and one run, while striking out six batters. Melbourne starter Donavon Hendricks three five innings for six hits and three runs.

"Melbourne is a tough ballclub, so to win the series was great, while taking all four games was even better," Adelaide manager Tony Harris said.

"Thanks to the Adelaide community for coming out and supporting us. I hope we continue to have success on the field and they continue to support us."

Game four Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 - 3 Adelaide 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 2 x - 8 Hits: Melbourne - J. Davies 2, Lawman 2, Hendricks 2, Aron 2, Wearne, Hashimoto; Adelaide - Bantz 3, Latimore 2 (2hr), McOwen 2, Cresswell, Brice, Welch. WP: D. Ruzic; LP: D. Hendricks.

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