The Silver Hawks have been living and dying by the long ball lately, and on Friday night they died by it.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods connected on a pair of two-run homers off of South Bend starter Brandon Sinnery (4-4) in a 4-2 victory over the Hawks.
Hot Rod starter Dylan Floro (7-2) held the Hawks to one run over six innings while striking out eight.
After falling behind 2-0 in the third inning, the Hawks staged a comeback in the bottom of the inning when second basement Andrew Velazquez knocked in a run with a triple.
But that would be as close as the Hawks would get.
They did put the tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth, but Bowling Green reliever Matt Ramsey closed out the game thanks to a laser throw that gunned down South Bend first basemen Rudy Flores at the plate. After a Pedro Ruiz groundout, the Hawks were done.
The Silver Hawks are now 48-30 on the season and their next game comes Saturday night at the Cove against the Dayton Dragons.