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RedHawks Get First Win at Brick Little Sets Pace in 8-2 Victory Over Edmonton

Bob Hersom Published: April 18, 1998
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Someone gave RedHawks outfielder Mark Little some bad advice Friday, but he turned it into another good night at bat.

The leadoff batter led the Hawks to their first victory at Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark, 8-2 over Edmonton, before 8,625 wind-chilled fans.

By going 3-for-5 with a single, double, triple and two runs batted in, Little stretched his hitting streak to 10 games - or every game in the 5-5 RedHawks' history.

After the game, Little said someone had told him if he got a hit Friday he would have his longest hitting streak as a pro.

"I thought, 'Aw, you jinxed me.' But it hasn't so far," Little said. "Tonight I really didn't think about it, but after I got my first hit (a leadoff triple in the first inning), I thought, 'Well, I guess I kept it going.' "

As it turns out, Little still hasn't equalled his longest hitting streak as a pro - but he could do that tonight. His longest pro hitting streaks have been 11 games, for Tulsa in 1996 and for Hudson Valley in 1994. His longest hitting streak at the University of Memphis was 21 games.

"He can hit the ball just as hard as anybody," manager Greg Biagini said of Little. "He's got bat speed, and the way the ball jumped off his bat tonight just proves it."

The fans appreciated the RedHawks' efforts, giving them a standing ovation as they left the field.

"I didn't really look up there, but I heard them and I knew they were acknowledging our first win in the stadium," Little said. "It was a pretty good feeling, walking off the field and knowing they appreciated it that much."

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