The Greenville Drive clinched the South Atlantic League Southern Division first-half title in a big way Saturday night, pounding out 16 hits and beating the Lexington Legends 15-3 in Greenville, S.C.
Tim Federowicz, Ryan Lavarnway and Ryan Dent each homered for Greenville. The Drive were leading 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh when they put the game away with seven runs on five hits, four walks and one Lexington error.
Anthony Rizzo and Will Middlebrooks each had three hits for the Drive. Dent, who had a two-run double in the seven-run seventh, was one of three Drive players to finish with three RBI. Rizzo and Lavarnway were the others.
The team finished 8-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
Brian Pellegrini hit his 11th home run of the year for Lexington in the second inning to give the Legends a 1-0 lead. It was Pellegrini's 32nd home run as a Legend, adding to his career record.
Greenville starter Hunter Strickland (4-4) gave up three runs in five innings to get the win. Fabian Williamson picked up his fourth save with four innings of three-hit ball.
Kyle Greenwalt (4-7), who worked the first five innings for Lexington, took the loss after allowing six runs, all earned, on seven hits. Ashton Mowdy came on and threw a perfect sixth, but then the Legends fell apart.
Michael Hacker took the mound for Lexington in the seventh and allowed four runs without getting an out. Brian Wabick allowed three runs — two earned — before getting out of the inning. Henry Villar allowed two more in the eighth to cap the Greenville scoring.