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Tornadoes savage Sussex; Olson's two home runs highlight 17-hit attack.

Byline: Chad Garner

WORCESTER - The Tornadoes sure were locked in at the plate last night against Sussex.

Worcester bashed around the Skyhawks' hurlers - who lead the Can-Am League in pitching - for 17 hits, including six during a back-breaking seven-run fifth inning, and lit up the scoreboard in a 17-5 victory at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.

"We've been scoring a lot of runs every game," said Tornadoes shortstop Garrett Olson, who slugged two home runs and had four RBIs. "Everybody's been hitting the ball really well. Tonight, everyone had it going. We had that one big inning in the fifth and kept it going from there."

Leading, 5-3, Worcester put the game out of reach by sending 11 batters to the plate in the fifth inning to take a 12-3 lead.

Worcester chased Sussex starter Roger Lincoln, who was tied for eighth in the league with a 2.25 ERA, with four straight hits - highlighted by Carlos Sosa's RBI single up the middle and Mike Leonard's hot-shot RBI double down the left-field line.

In came reliever Stephen Whalen, who got a ground ball for the second out but yielded Vinny Pennell's two-run single to center and Olson's first homer of the year, a three-run bomb to left-center.

"I felt good tonight," Olson said. "I was joking around coming out that I've had a bunch of line-drive doubles that have been close."

Olson and third baseman Chris Colabello (2 for 4, two RBIs) went back-to-back to left field in the seventh to put the Tornadoes up, 15-3.

Worcester took a 3-1 lead in the first inning on a scorching RBI single to right by catcher Alex Trezza (3 for 5) and Sosa's run-scoring single through the right side.

Sussex struck for an unearned run off Worcester starter Ryan Lobban in the third to tie the game, 3-3. Ryan Crespi reached on an error, stole second, and scored on designated hitter Jorge Moreno's single to right.

Lincoln got the first two hitters to start the third, but walked Nick Salotti - the Can-Am Player of the Week - and surrendered a single to Sosa (3 for 4, three RBIs) off the first-base bag before Leonard (3 for 4, four RBIs) drilled a two-run double down the right-field line.

Lobban, one of Worcester's top relievers last season, knew exactly to do with the lead. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound southpaw worked three scoreless innings after giving up single runs in the first three innings.

He worked six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts, getting his first win of the year.

NAME: WORCESTER TORNADOES

ART: PHOTO

CUTLINE: The Tornadoes' Carlos Sosa slides home ahead of the tag by Skyhawks catcher Ray Serrano.

PHOTOG: T&G Staff/STEVE LANAVA
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 10, 2009
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