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South Jersey Baseball:
Surf Rally Falls Short

Saturday, May 22, 2004

By Chuck Betson
Atlantic City Surf Director of Media Relations

The Camden Riversharks broke open a close game with a four-run sixth inning and went on to defeat the Surf 7-3 Friday night in Atlantic City''s first road game of the year. Rivershark centerfielder Dwight Maness drew a leadoff walk to start the sixth. That was followed by singles from Ryan Jones, Brad Strauss and Travis Anderson. With the score 4-0 already, Troy Cameron capped the inning with his third homer of the season. The Surf rallied for three runs in the eighth highlighted by a two-run Raul Marval double. They brought the tying run to the plate, but that would be as close as they got.

Lincoln Mikkelson pitched seven shutout innings for his first win of the season. Jerry Spradlin pitched an inning and two-thirds for his first save. Andy Zwirchitz started for the Surf and took the loss, allowing four runs in five-plus innings. The loss drops the Surf to 6-6. They now trail the Riversharks by three games in the division.

The Surf will take on the Sharks two more times this weekend. Andy High will go Saturday against Evan Thomas at 6:35. The series concludes on Sunday with a 1:35 start. The Surf return to the Sandcastle on Tuesday to open a three game set with the defending Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots.

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