CLINTON — Aaron Pribanic has shown he doesn’t need a lot of offensive support to win games for the Clinton LumberKings.

When his offense gives him runs in each of the first three innings it’s bad news for the opposition. That was the case Friday as Pribanic ran his record to 4-1 as Clinton defeated Beloit 7-2 in the final game of a four-game Midwest League baseball series at Alliant Energy Field.

Pribanic, who also has a 2.57 earned-run average, had a no-hitter going until Dominic De La Osa hit a flare single into right field with one out in the fifth inning. He wound up allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings, walking two batters and striking out five.

While the Snappers were trying to get a hit, the LumberKings were building a 4-0 lead for Pribanic.

After getting Clinton started with leadoff triples the past three games, Maximo Mendez stayed hot as the leadoff hit, starting the first inning with a single. He was sacrificed to second base and came around to score on a two-out single by Kris Sanchez. Luis Nunez followed one-out singles by Mario Martinez and Terry Serrano with a run-scoring groundout in the second inning. Clinton added two more in the third on an RBI single by Jake Shaffer and an error.

Mendez added his first home run of the season — a two-run shot in Clinton’s three-run eighth — to seal the win.

The LumberKings hit the road today to play Wisconsin.

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