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Oxspring's ABL record 14 Ks lead Sox by Bandits
Strikeout mark, explosive offence pace Sydney
11/10/2012 12:39 AM ET
Chris Oxspring's 14 strikeouts matched an ABL record set last year.
Chris Oxspring's 14 strikeouts matched an ABL record set last year. (Joosep Martinson / SMP Images)
SYDNEY, 9 November - Sydney Blue Sox starting pitcher Chris Oxspring tied an Australian Baseball League, brought to you by 'Be The Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking' record by striking out 14 Brisbane Bandits hitters in the Blue Sox 8-0 win Friday night at Blacktown International Sportspark.

The former Major Leaguer surrendered just four hits, pitched all nine innings and did not walk a batter en route to his first win of the season in the Blue Sox home-opener. After being selected league Pitcher of the Week for Round One, Oxspring made a strong case to win the award again.

"My fastball command was great and I was able to throw strikes with my curveball which kept them off balance," Oxspring said. "The defence played well behind me and the offence was awesome. Overall it was great opening night."

The Blue Sox jumped on the board early with two runs in the first inning behind four hits. Mitch Dening and James Robbins each tacked on an RBI to give the Blue Sox a 2-0 lead.

Sydney struck again in the fourth inning when Zach Penprase walked with the bases loaded and Dening grounded in to a fielder's choice, scoring Trent D'Antonio from third base and doubling the lead to 4-0.

Oxspring made the score hold up as he continued to mow down the Bandits, tying the league record set by Mike McGuire in 2011 for the Canberra Cavalry.

"That game was a pleasure to watch," Blue Sox manager Jason Pospishil said. "That was the best game I've seen Ox throw, our offence was great and it was almost a perfect ball game."

The Blue Sox tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by an RBI-double from James Robbins, and RBI-single from Shane Benson and an RBI-single from import JD Williams. Sydney closed the scoring in the eighth inning for the final 8-0 tally.

Four Blue Sox finished with a multi-hit game, led by Dening who finished with three hits and a trio of RBIs. Justin Staatz suffered the loss for the Bandits, surrendering four runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched.

The Blue Sox and Bandits return to action tomorrow for game two of their three-game series. Left-hander Craig Anderson is the probable starting pitcher for Sydney while righty James Albury gets the ball for Brisbane. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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