Hounds take it to the Brewers

Published 1:52 pm Sunday, June 12, 2011

Austin's John Kirby slides into second base during the Greyhounds' 10-0 win over New Ulm in Marcusen Park Sunday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

The Austin Greyhounds showed how dominant they can be in a 10-0 win in eight innings over the New Ulm Brewers at Marcusen Park Sunday.

Andy Swank led off the game with a first inning home run that hit the right field foul pole and Nels Nelson allowed just four hits in seven innings of work on the hill for the Hounds (6-4 overall).

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It was Swank’s first homer since the summer of 2008 and it gave Austin all of the life it needed to get going in a game that lasted just one hour and 45 minutes.

“I was just swinging out of my shoes I guess. I got lucky,” said Swank, who just missed his second homer when he launched a ball well over the fence that was about 10 feet foul. “Everything’s starting to click and we’re getting more comfortable.”

The Hounds broke the game open in the eighth inning when they started it off with five straight hits. John Frein knocked in two runs with a single and Swank and Dan Swift each singled in runs to make it 7-0.

Austin's Nels Nelson fires a pitch against New Ulm in Marcusen Park Monday. -- Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

It was the longest outing of the year for Nelson and he cruised through with seven strikeouts and just one walk.

“It takes a little while, but I’m getting more innings under my belt and I’m stretching it out a little more,” Nelson said. “We’re finding our stride a little bit and it’s starting to go a little better. (The Blue Sox) game was kind of a reality check. It was ugly.”

Swank said the Hounds always feel good when Nelson is on the mound.

“We have a lot of confidence and Nels and it helps when we give him some run support. He did a good job of pounding the zone and he hit his spots pretty well,” Swank said.

New Ulm 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 4 4

Hounds 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 3 — 10 14 1

Hounds pitching: Nels Nelson (W), 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 7 K; Alex Kasak, 1 IP, 0 R

Hounds hitting: Andy Swank, 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs, 3 R, BB; Joe Kroc, 0-for-4, BB, R; Tyler Leopold, 1-for-5; Dan Swift, 3-for-5, double, 3 RBIs, R; Matt Cano, 0-for-4; Dan Zielke, 2-for-4, R; John Kirby, 2-for-4, R; Bryan Toov, 1-for-4, R; John Frein, 2-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 SB, R; Steve Hovland, 1-for-1 RBI