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Varce Pitches Friday Gem for Dogs

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LINCOLN -- Zachary Varce was brilliant, spinning a six-hit shutout as the Saltdogs (35-34) blanked the Grand Prairie AirHogs (31-38) 6-0 in front of 2,883 fans at Haymarket Park Friday night.

Varce (4-6) went the full nine, allowing just six hits while striking out three and walking two on 108 pitches (70 for strikes) to earn the victory. The 25-year old hurler has allowed just nine hits in 15 scoreless innings - with a 2-0 record - during Lincoln's long home stand.

After being stymied the first two times through the order, Lincoln exploded for five runs in the fifth, highlighted by an Ian Gac two-run double and Kevin Howard two-run single in succession.

Mike Gilmartin began the fifth-inning rally by singling on a 1-2 pitch off Ryan Searle.

Brian Joynt whacked an impressive solo home run to left center in the seventh, his seventh of the year.

Gac, Howard and Joynt combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBI on the night.

Varce's shutout was the second six-hitter by a Saltdogs' pitcher in just over two weeks, as LHP Kevin McGovern - who is slated to pitch Saturday - accomplished the feat July 16 at Trois-Rivieres.

The clubs are back at it Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. for the finale of the four-game series and of the 10-game home stand for Lincoln. Radio coverage begins at 6:35 p.m. on KFOR 1240. The first 1,000 fans receive a Saltdogs Portable Power Plug from U.S. Bank. Get your tickets now at
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