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ZEBULON — The Carolina Mudcats snapped an eight-game losing streak Thursday night as Noah Zavolas orchestrated six shutout innings in a 7-0 victory over the Down East Wood Ducks at Grainger Stadium. It was the first victory for Carolina in 12 meetings against its in-state Advanced-A Carolina League foe.
The Mudcats (56-54, 17-24 second half), playing as the Carolina Micro Brews, separated with a five-run seventh inning. In the third, Payton Henry’s RBI single drove in Mario Feliciano, and the lead became 2-0 in the sixth on Zach Clark’s infield single that plated Pat McInerney.
Carolina’s five-run seventh against the Wood Ducks (75-35, 25-15 second half), who played as the Kinston Collard Greens, was constructed with a pair of home runs as Tristen Lutz hit a two-run shot. Eddie Silva’s three-run homer extended the Mudcat lead to the final margin.
Holding a 13-5 edge in hits, the Mudcats picked up four-hit outings from Lutz and McInerney. Lutz was 4 for 5 with a home run, while McInerney was 4 for 4.
Zavolas struck out eight in dropping his ERA to 2.93, which ranks second among Carolina League hurlers.
John King took the loss for the Wood Ducks, allowing seven hits over four innings. His only earned run came on Henry’s solo homer in the third.
Carolina takes to the road Friday to face the Winston-Salem Dash in the first game of a three-game set at BB&T Ballpark.