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Florence Freedom pound three home runs, coast to 11-7 win over Southern Illinois on Friday

NKyTribune staff

Ricky Ramirez, Skyler Ewing and Graylin Derke all hit home runs Friday night as the Florence Freedom coasted to an 11-7 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners at UC Health Stadium.

Ewing went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs, while teammate Jordan Brower was 3-for-5 and scored twice. Ramirez finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Caleb Lopes was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. The Freedom collected 15 hits and used a five-run seventh inning to build an 11-2 advantage.

Florence starter Cody Gray went seven innings and allowed just three hits and two runs. He also finished with seven strikeouts.

Trailing 11-3, Southern Illinois rallied for four runs in the ninth inning. But the Miners were unable to mount enough offense in their final at-bat to overcome the large deficit.

The two teams meet again Saturday in the second of a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at UC Health Stadium.

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