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updated: 9/1/2013 10:14 PM

Hall powers Boomers to road sweep

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By Daily Herald News Services

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- The West Division champion Schaumburg Boomers completed a road sweep of the Evansville Otters with a 7-5 win thanks to a pair of homers from Gerard Hall.

The Boomers' 30th road win of the year also clinched homefield advantage throughout the Frontier League playoffs, which begin Sept. 7.

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Hall hit a 2-run homer in the first inning, driving home Bobby Martin, who scored three times. Hall hit his second homer in the seventh to give the Boomers (58-35) the lead and become the first player to hit multiple homers in a game this year and the fifth in franchise history. Hall had 3 hits, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI. Justin Vasquez added a 2-run single.

Reliever Matt LaMothe earned his first professional win by working the sixth. James Bierlein retired six straight in the seventh and eighth following a rain delay of over an hour. Sean Mahley worked the ninth for his fourth save.

The Boomers (58-35) are off today before hosting the Joliet Slammers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Right-hander Shawn Sanford (9-6, 3.04 ERA) is scheduled to make his third start with the Boomers after being acquired at the transaction deadline from Washington. Right-hander Shawn Kale (5-4, 3.83) is the scheduled starter for Joliet.

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