Nick Schwaner hit two home runs powering the Evansville Otters to a 4-2 victory against the Gateway Grizzlies on Friday night at Bosse Field in Evansville, Ind.
Schwaner hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the fourth inning, and went deep again in the sixth. His sixth-inning solo shot gave the Otters the lead for good. Schwaner ended the game 3-for-4. He was one of seven Evansville players to record a hit.
Evansville added an insurance run in the seventh inning off a John Schultz RBI single.
Gateway was held to three hits. Jose Flores led the way for the Gateway offense. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jet Butler also had a hit. Evansville's pitchers struck out 12 Grizzlies.
Aaron Baker (1-3) took the loss. He went six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He also struck out two and walked one. The win went to Anthony Collazo (1-2). It was his first win since being traded to the Otters from the Washington Wild Things earlier this month.
Eric Massingham earned a save (14).
The same two teams meet Saturday in game two of a three-game weekend set.