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Heat fire behind Veale to claim split
Veale allows one hit in six scoreless innings for Perth
12/01/2018 10:31 PM ET
Perth utility Jake Bowey went 3-for-4 with four RBI (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Perth utility Jake Bowey went 3-for-4 with four RBI (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

An offensive outburst backed six strong innings from starter Nick Veale as Perth routed Adelaide 13-1 to grab a series split at West Beach on Sunday afternoon.

The Heat (9-3) showed no mercy towards the Bite (5-7) as they fought back from a 2-0 deficit in their four-game Brut Australian Baseball League series to return home with a 5-3 record in their eight-game road trip.

Perth was relentless at the plate, highlighted by a seven-run fifth inning which included two doubles from former Major League infielder Pete Kozma.

Kozma was one of four Heat players with multiple hits as Perth's league leading offence flexed its muscle again in an even team performance.

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Perth first baseman Jake Bowey also had a big day, picking up three hits and recording three RBI.

The Heat gave starter Nick Veale plenty of run support to work with, but he was outstanding in his own right, throwing six innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts and no walks.

He allowed the game's first hit to Adelaide third baseman Stefan Welch but cruised after that point with no Bite runner reaching until he departed after the sixth inning.

Shortstop Mikey Reynolds had two hits for Adelaide, which struggled offensively and mustered only six hits.

The Bite was able to get on the board late with Nick Shumpert scoring on Aaron Whitefield's sac fly in eighth inning.

Adelaide was its own worst enemy at times making several defensive miscues including a crucial error by catcher Mitchell Edwards, which helped Perth open the scoring with two outs in the fourth inning.

Bite starter Michael Gahan started solidly but struggled in the fourth inning, finishing with four runs allowed (none earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out four.

Adelaide will look to respond against early-season strugglers Geelong-Korea in Geelong, starting Thursday night.

The Heat return home to take on Melbourne in a battle of the South-West Division leaders from Friday night.

 

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