Aguilar, Zavolas send Mudcats past Potomac

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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Ryan Aguilar was 3 for 3 with a solo home run and two RBIs, while Noah Zavolas fired a two-hit shutout to pace the Carolina Mudcats past the Potomac Nationals 3-0 on Sunday at Northwest Federal Field.

Zavolas, in throwing just 101 pitches, authored the first nine-inning complete game where the opponent was held to no runs in the Carolina League this season The result boosted the Mudcats to 42-31 overall and 3-1 in the second half, while Potomac fell to 1-3 in the second half, 31-40 in all games.

The right-handed Zavolas sat down Potomac in order through the first three innings and concluded matters by retiring the final 16 Nationals batters he faced.

Aguilar provided three of Carolina’s five hits, including its first in the fouth. He touched home on Eddie Silva’s double and hit his second two-bagger in the fifth to plate Rob Henry. Aguilar hit his fifth homer of 2019 in the eighth.

Andrew Lee took the loss for Potomac despite allowing only three hits over six innings. Lee struck out eight and walked two.

Carolina opens a seven-game homestand Monday by hosting the Down East Wood Ducks in Five County Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.