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Otters come up short in road finale

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The Evansville Otters (17-12) lost the series finale at Traverse City 3-1 on Thursday night at Wuerfel Park.

Evansville was eyeing their first series sweep of the season but the team scored just one run on 12 hits and stranded 11 men on base in the defeat.

Preston Olson started on the mound for Evansville but the right-hander encountered trouble in the first inning. Olson allowed a one-out walk to infielder Rob Benedict and first baseman Yazy Arbello brought him home with a two-run home run to center field.

With the 2-0 lead, Traverse City starter Rusty Shellhorn kept the Otters from scoring any runs early. Despite getting a hit in each of the first four innings, Evansville couldn't manufacture their first run. Evansville loaded the bases in the fourth with back to back one-out singles from Shayne Houck and Nik Balog then received a two-out walk to J.R. Higley. With the bases loaded and two outs, Shellhorn got catcher Kolin Conner to flyout to end the inning.

After Traverse City added a run in the fifth, Evansville loaded the bases again in the sixth. Jeremy Nowak singled to start the inning as Balog added another single to remove Shellhorn from the game. Outfielder Chris Sweeney then greeted reliever Chuck Ghysels with a first pitch drive to deep left field that was ruled foul. Otters manager Andy McCauley argued the call that could have tied the game. Sweeney singled later in the at-bat but Ghysels got back to back outs to end the jam.

Evansville finally broke up the shutout in the eighth with an RBI single from Conner but reliever Will Rankin got the next out to keep the 3-1 lead. The Otters got a leadoff single from outfielder John Schultz in the ninth as well but a caught stealing stymied the Evansville rally in the 3-1 Beach Bums win.

Olson (2-2) takes the loss despite allowing three runs in 7.0 innings. Eight Otters batters recorded at least one hit in the game.

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