(JACKSON, Tenn.) - Ryan Ketchner combined with two relievers as West Tennessee silenced the Huntsville Stars, 8-1 on a cold, blustery 41° afternoon at Pringles Park, Sunday.
The Diamond Jaxx took 4 of the 5 games in the series to improve to 6-4 on the season, tying the Stars for 3rd place in the Northern Division.
The Carolina Mudcats take over 1st place with a 7-3 mark after beating Montgomery, 9-2, followed by the Tennessee Smokies, who also won, 8-7 in 12 innings, over Jacksonville.
The Stars were held to a single run in each of their last two games on a combined total of 12 hits after exploding for 10 runs on 10 hits in their lone win of the series on Friday night.
Marshall Hubbard made the difference in scoring in the game when he yanked a 2-2 pitch from starter Sam Narron down the first base line past 1st baseman Michael Brantley and slid into second for a double scoring Adam Moore for a 2-0 lead. Moore drove in the Diamond Jaxx' 1st run in the 1st inning.
Hubbard lit up Stars pitching in the series, going 6-for-14 with 7 RBIs.
Narron was scored upon in the 1st inning last year in 7 of the 14 games he started on the road and had a 1st inning ERA of 8.36.
The Diamond Jaxx tacked on two more in the 3rd, 6th, and 7th innings. Ronnie Prettyman's 2-run homer off Robert Hiton in the 6th gave West Tennessee a 6-1 lead.
Ryan Ketchner kept the Stars from scoring through the first five innings before Matt LaPorta's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded put the Stars on the scoreboard.
Ketchner notched his first win after allowing a run on 6 hits, while walking one and recording one strikeout.
Outfielder Freddy Parejo had his 3rd two-hit game of the series for the Stars to push his hitting streak to six consecutive games and keep his batting average at .500 (10-for-20).
The Stars return to Joe Davis Stadium Monday night to open a five-game series with Chattanooga. Left-hander Steve Hammond is scheduled to face Lookouts right-hander Sam LeCure (7-5, 4.17 ERA in 2007), who lost 3 of his 4 starts against the Stars last year.