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April 22, 2013

Unsworth sharp again; L'Kings win 2 of 3

CLINTON — Dylan Unsworth says there’s nothing special about Sunday afternoon games for him, but Clinton LumberKings manager Eddie Menchaca still might want to have the right-hander’s turn in the rotation come up on Sunday.

With the LumberKings playing on consecutive days for the first time in a week, Unsworth improved to 2-0 with his second solid Sunday outing in a row. He limited Beloit to seven hits and two runs over eight innings in a 7-4 Midwest League baseball victory at Ashford University Field.

“There’s nothing about Sundays; it’s just getting in a good routine, throwing strikes and putting the ball in play,” Unsworth, a 20-year-old right-hander from South Africa, said after improving to 2-0.

Sunday’s win followed a doubleheader split against Wisconsin on Saturday after the LumberKings had been postponed the three previous days.

“It was nice to play a nine-inning game,” Clinton manager Eddie Menchaca said Sunday. Because of inclement weather, Clinton had been rained out six times in the previous 10 days, and all eight of its games played during that span were seven-inning affairs as parts of doubleheaders. “The boys played well even though they’re not in a groove because of the weather.”

Unsworth has been in a groove in his past two games.

He allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings while walking one and striking out two last Sunday in a 3-2 win against Cedar Rapids. He struck out five and didn’t issue a walk this time.

He has had to be sharp both times, too, because the games were close. Although he led all the way Sunday after Dario Pizzano drove in a first-inning run with a bases-loaded groundout, the LumberKings didn’t break open the game until the bottom of the seventh inning.

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