Trey Lipscomb made a big splash in his FredNat debut, hitting a three-run home run off the left field foul pole, Will Frizzell homered twice, but it was Augusta with a 13-11 road win in a wild, back-and-forth series opener at FredNatsStadium.
Augusta’s Stephen Paolini hit a leadoff homer off Bryan Caceres, the first of four runs in the 1st inning. Justin Janas and E.J. Exposito also drove in runs in the frame for Augusta, and both were making their GreenJacket debuts after being drafted in 2022.
The FredNats answered back with five runs in the bottom of the 1st. James Wood continued his hot start with the FredNats with an RBI double, and he then drove in another run with an RBI single in the 2nd inning. Lipscomb, the Washington Nationals’ third round draft pick out of Tennessee, then blasted his first professional home run off the left field foul pole on his second swing as a FredNat, and Fredericksburg took a 5-4 lead after one.
Paolini hit his second homer of the game in the 2nd, and then Wood’s RBI single made it a 6-5 game after two.
The game remained 6-5 until the 5th, when Frizzell extended the lead with his third homer as a FredNat. Lipscomb then made it 8-5 with his fourth RBI of the night.
A two-run homer for Exposito of Augusta made it 8-7 in the 6th, and the GreenJackets took the lead in the 7th on RBIs from David McCabe and Janas, both in their GreenJacket debuts.
T.J. White tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th, but another RBI from McCabe and a three-run homer from Adam Zebrowski in the 8th put the game out of reach. Frizzell did hit his second blast of the game in the 9th, but it was too little, too late for the FredNats.