SPRINGFIELD — What a difference a week has made for the Danville Dans.
After starting the season with just one win in six games, Danville extended its winning streak to three games with another masterful pitching performance.
Left-hander Dalton Lundeen combined with relievers Cam Wysocki, Garrison Stenger and Matthew Kirk on a three-hit shutout as the Dans defeated the Springfield Sliders 11-0 on Thursday night at Lanphier Park.
“They competed in the zone and we had no fear of contact,’’ Danville manager Eric Coleman said. “When you don’t walk any guys, you have an excellent chance of winning.’’
In two games against the Sliders this season, the Dans (4-5 overall) have held them to just three hits, while striking out 19 and walking just one as C.J. Burdick threw a no-hitter in Wednesday’s 6-0 victory over Springfield at Danville Stadium.
“We’ve got some talented pitchers and now that we have solidified things with our defense, I think you are seeing our pitchers do exactly what we thought they would do,’’ said Coleman, as Danville has played back-to-back games without an error. “Dalton did a good job of mixing his pitches. He got through six innings and we were able to turn it over to our bullpen.’’
While the pitching and defense have been essential components to recent success of the Dans, their offense has been just as impressive.
In Thursday’s victory over Springfield, five different guys in the Danville lineup had multiple hits including the middle part of the lineup, Corbin Olmstead, Keith Shumaker and Ronnie Jebavy. Those three were a combined 6-of-14 at the plate with four runs scored and two RBIs.
Austin Bryant and Cody Gardner each contributed two hits and an RBI in the victory, while Derek Harrington had a two-run single to get things started in the third inning.
Danville’s third baseman Tyler Selesky was ejected in the seventh inning for using an illegal bat.
The Dans are back at Danville Stadium tonight for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Terre Haute Rex, who currently lead the Prospect League’s West Division with a 6-2 record.