Two Charlotte pitchers held the Tides to an unearned run on three hits as the Knights cruised to a 7-1 win over Norfolk Thursday night at Harbor Park.
Lucas Harrell (2-1) started for the Knights and yielded just two hits and two walks while striking out four in seven strong innings. Adam Russell tossed the final two innings for Charlotte, which won for just the third time in 10 games against the Tides this season.
The Knights plated four runs in the top of the first inning off of Tides starter David Pauley (7-7), as they collected three hits and sent eight men to the plate. Pauley settled down after the shaky first frame, as he faced the minimum number of batters in four of his final six innings. The 26-year-old allowed six runs - five earned - on seven hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out five.
Norfolk scored its lone run in the second inning, as Michael Aubrey doubled and eventually came into score on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Snyder.
Justin Christian had two singles to pace the Tides offense.
Norfolk and Charlotte will square off in a doubleheader on Friday night, with first pitch slated for 6:15. Chris Tillman (7-5, 2.50) will take the mound in game one against left-hander Wes Whisler (5-7, 3.48), while Norfolk's starter for game two has yet to be announced. The Knights will throw right-hander Jack Egbert (6-3, 3.39) in the second game of the twinbill.