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ZEBULON — Matt Hardy won his Carolina League-leading fifth game in relief, and Zack Clark drove in a career-high five runs as the Carolina Mudcats seized their second straight game against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers on Wednesday afternoon in a 10-7 victory at Five County Stadium.
Clark was 2 for 3 for the Mudcats (19-13), who are now 3 1/2 games back of the Down East Wood Ducks in the Carolina League’s Southern Division.
The Mudcats responded from an early two-run deficit with four runs in the bottom of the firest. Ryan Aguilar singled during the spree, extending his hitting streak to 21 games. Clark and Mario Feliciano each laced consecutive two-run singles to put the Mudcats ahead.
The duo was hit by back-to-back pitches with the bases loaded in the second to extend the Mudcats’ lead to 6-2.
Hardy prevailed in relief of starter Nelson Hernandez, working 2 1/3 innings without a hit. Clayton Andrews picked up his third save by orchestrating a six-out showing in the eighth and ninth.
Shawn Dubin took the loss for Fayetteville (15-18), allowing six runs over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Feliciano was 2 for 4 with four RBIs for the Mudcats, which outhit the Woodpeckers 10-9. Bryan De La Cruz homered for Fayetteville in the fourth.
Clark added another two-run single in the sixth, and Feliciano laced a run-scoring single in the seventh to cap the scoring.
The series concludes Thursday in Zebulon with a first pitch of 7 p.m.