THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT
                 Copyright (c) 1994, Landmark Communications, Inc.

DATE: SATURDAY, June 18, 1994                    TAG: 9406180331 
SECTION: SPORTS                     PAGE: C3    EDITION: FINAL  
DATELINE: 940618                                 LENGTH: OTTAWA 


{LEAD} Norfolk catcher Joe Kmak may have botched a routine tag at home plate in the third inning, but that blunder came early enough to overcome as the Tides downed the Ottawa Lynx, 7-2, Friday night.

Kmak played an integral part as the Tides broke out of a 2-2 tie on a muggy, hot night in front of 9,173 at Ottawa Stadium.

{REST} So did the other half of the Tides battery as lefthander Jason Jacome limited the Lynx to three hits over eight innings and knocked in the winning run in the fourth.

In the third, Norfolk led 2-0 following Tito Navarro and Doug Dascenzo singles and Jeromy Burnitz's two-run single.

But the Lynx got both runs back in the bottom of the third with the help of a flubbed bunt by Ottawa batter Rod Henderson. With runners on first and second, Henderson dropped a bunt immediately in front of home plate that Kmak picked up, preparing to tag runner Curtis Pride who was hung up between third and home.

Kmak turned to tag Pride, but dropped the ball. Later in the inning Chris Martin singled to tie matters at 2-2.

But in the fourth, Kmak singled, took second on an infield out, and scored as Tyrone Woods bobbled the ball after Jacome's base hit to shallow right.

``Except for the error it was a good game for me,'' Kmak said. ``Any time you can get a win from your starting pitcher, it is.''

What Jacome liked most about this hot night, while improving his record to 6-4, was his pitching assortment.

``Mostly everything was working,'' Jacome said. ``It wasn't a case of anything working better than anything else. I kept them off-balance.''

Doug Dascenzo's two-out single in the seventh stretched Norfolk's lead to 4-2.

The Tides scored three times in the ninth, benefactors of a hit batsman and two Lynx errors.

\ NOTES: Today's righthanded starters are Joe Roa (3-2, 3.62) and Ottawa's Reid Cornelius (5-2, 3.42), while Sunday has righty Dave Telgheder (4-4, 4.40) facing Lynx lefty Carlos Perez (1-1, 2.57). . . . Tide third baseman Butch Huskey improved his base stealing record to a 8-for-8 with two steals. . . . Ottawa speedster Pride was caught in a fifth-inning rundown when Jacome tried to pick him off first base. Pride avoided first baseman's Rico Brogna's tag, but thought he was out and broke the base path en route to the Lynx dugout. Pride, who's deaf, hadn't seen umpire Darrel Mason's original safe call.

by CNB