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September 14, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Rodriguez powers Greenville to game one victory

9/14 Cup of Coffee: Greenville began the South Atlantic League's Championship Series against Lakewood and received a big time performance from their first baseman.

Looking to start off the series on the right foot, the Greenville Drive were able to outdo the Lakewood BlueClaws (PHI) 3-1. Staff ace Drake Britton took the hill and allowed just 1 hit and 3 walks over his 5.0 innings pitched to pick up his second win of the postseason. Kendal Volz relieved Britton and hurled 3.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits and a walk while punching out 4. Dennis Neuman collected the save for his 1-2-3 ninth inning. With the game scoreless in the third, Reynaldo Rodriguez knocked home the first run of the contest. In the sixth, a Reymond Fuentes RBI ground out gave the Drive a 2-0 advantage. After Lakewood cut the lead in half in the seventh, Rodriguez stepped up to the plate in the eighth and drilled a solo home run to put Greenville on top 3-1. Rodriguez continued his torrid hitting which has earned him back-to-back South Atlantic League Player of the Week honors as well as recent Player of the Week honors from SoxProspects.com. The series continues tonight at 7:05 as the Drive play their final home game of the year, sending Ryan Pressly to the mound as Greenville tries to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Player of the Night: Reynaldo Rodriguez, who was 2 for 4 with a solo home run, 2 RBI and a run scored in Greenville's 3-1 victory.