Springfield Cardinals Down Frisco 14-3 On Frigid Day At Hammons Field

The Springfield Cardinals bats heated up an otherwise frigid day at Hammons Field as Springfield beat the Frisco RoughRiders 14-3 Sunday afternoon. 

Springfield banged out 19 hits, the most for the club in nearly five years. 

The game time temperature was 33 degree, a far cry from the balmy 83 degrees for the first pitch of Thursday's home opener. 

After Frisco jumped on the board with two first inning runs off Springfield starter Connor Jones (2-0), the Cards batted around in the bottom of the frame, scoring five runs on three hits, highlighted by catcher Andrew Knizner's three run double on a wind-blown fly fall to center.

Knizner later scored on a wild pitch by Frisco starting pitcher Brett Martin (0-2), and Darren Seferina drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2. 

That's all the runs Jones needed as the Cards' right hander went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking five and striking out three. 

Victor Roache, Thomas Spitz, and Lane Thomas got in on the long ball parade, each blasting home runs for the Cardinals, who scored seven runs combined in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. 

The Cardinals improve to 4-6 overall, while Frisco drops to 3-7. 

The series continues Monday morning with an 11:10 first pitch as Jake Woodford (0-1, 8.00 ERA) takes the mound for Springfield against Frisco's Richelson Pena (1-0, 1.80 ERA). 

Game Notes:

Springfield's 19 hits are the most since the Cardinals banged out 20 on August 8th, 2014 at Midland. 

Thomas' single in the second inning extended his hitting streak to ten games to start the season. 

Sunday's announced attendance was 2,574, but there appeared to be fewer than 100 bundled up in the stands during the game. 

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