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WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Four Carolina Mudcats pitchers combined for a shutout in a 6-0 win over the host Potomac Nationals in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday, giving Carolina a sweep after a 7-2 victory in the first game of the Single-A Carolina League twinbill.
Matt Hardy (1-0) picked up the win after he struck out one over one scoreless inning. He followed starter Matt Smith, who gave up two hits and walked one while striking out five in four innings. Cody Beckman and Rodrigo Benoit also worked an inning each for the Mudcats (4-2).
Potomac starter Luis Reyes (0-1) went 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and nine hits in taking the loss. He also struck out six and walked two.
Joantgel Segovia blasted a solo home run in the topp of the first inning. Later in the inning, Mario Feliciano hit into a forceout to give the Mudcats a 2-0 lead. In the third, Feliciano hit an RBI single, while Nick Roscetti and Segovia both drove in a run in the fifth.
The Nationals (3-3) were blanked for the second time this season, while the Mudcats’ staff recorded its first shutout of the year.
Zach Clark hit a two-run double in the third inning in the first game Tuesday.
The double by Clark started the scoring in a five-run inning as, later in the inning, Payton Henry hit a two-run double and then scored on a double by Feliciano.
n the fourth, Rob Henry hit a solo home run, while Dallas Carroll hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Aguilar in the fifth.
Carolina right-hander Christian Taugner (1-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing one run on three hits over six innings. Opposing starter Malvin Pena (0-1) took the loss after giving up five runs and four hits over 2 2/3 innings.