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After managing one homer in his first 27 games as a professional, the last nickname Drew Biery expected to pick up this season was "Biery Bonds."

But that's exactly what his Salem-Keizer teammates began calling San Francisco's 22nd-round Draft pick after an unexpected three-homer performance lifted the Volcanoes to a 9-8 victory over the Yakima Bears on Saturday night.

"I'm not really a power hitter," admitted Biery, who totaled 20 homers during his four-year career at Kansas State. "I'm just going out there trying to make solid contact. I was lucky enough to get them over the fence tonight."

Biery, a third base prospect who is batting a cool .402 with 28 RBIs in as many games with the Volcanoes, didn't go deep this season until launching a solo shot against Boise on Monday in his 23rd pro contest.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Texas native has been relegated to designated hitter duties after suffering a broken nose in a freak accident during a bunting drill last week.

After Saturday night's power display, even Salem-Keizer manager Tom Trebelhorn began joking that he'd found himself a new full-time DH.

"They were all just joking around and laughing," Biery said. "They were calling me Biery Bonds."

Though he doesn't see himself as the second coming of the Major League's all-time home run leader, Biery has been working on getting his bat around quicker and with more authority.

"I've actually been struggling, trying to hit the inside pitch," he said. "Me and [hitting coach] Ricky Ward went to work on that before the game."

The instruction paid instant dividends as Biery turned on an inside fastball leading off the second inning and lifted it over the left-field fence to give the Volcanoes a 2-0 lead.

After walking in the fourth, Biery started the sixth with a blast over the wall in left-center and capped his stellar performance with a leadoff shot over the right-field fence in the eighth.

"The ones I hit to left were both fastballs inside," he said. "On the last one, I was thinking they weren't going to go in again. I was just sitting dead red on the outside fastball and got it."

The three-homer game was the second in the Northwest League this season. Yakima's Brent Greer, who went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI on Saturday, accomplished the feat on July 5.

"I was just lucky to have this happen to me tonight," Biery said.