Somerset Patriots Sign Rutgers Outfielder Tom Marcinczyk

Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of former Rutgers outfielder Tom Marcinczyk. He joins Somerset after concluding his collegiate career at Rutgers University earlier this year.

In his senior season at Rutgers, Marcinczyk played in 52 games and hit .274 with seven home runs, 29 runs batted in, and 32 runs scored while hitting in the middle of the Rutgers’ lineup. Marcinczyk also recorded 10 doubles and three triples while stealing eight bases as the team’s every day right fielder. Marcinczyk-Blog

The Middlesex, NJ native was been named both a 2016 and 2017 All-Big Ten Academic Team Member, a 2016 Pre-Season Big Ten Player to Watch, and a 2015 All-Big Ten Third Team Member throughout his four-year collegiate career.

Prior to committing to Rutgers, Marcinczyk helped guide Middlesex High School to a Group 1 State Championship in 2013. Marcinczyk batted .506 throughout his high school career, leaving Middlesex as their all-time leader in hits (164). On the mound, the lefty still holds the school record for wins as a pitcher (27).

Marcinczyk is active for tonight’s game against the New Britain Bees this weekend.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, July 22nd

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Somerset Patriots (7-7, 49-35) vs. New Britain Bees (6-8, 32-52)

Game #85 * Saturday, July 22nd * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com; SPN.tv Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM def NB 5-1; Kyle Roller goes 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI; 91-min. rain delay
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def NB 5-2; Three bases-load walks gives SOM the lead for good; Irvine throws 7.0 IP
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (4-7, 3.65 ERA) vs. NB [LHP] Greg Nappo (0-0, 4.90 ERA)
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Connor Root (0-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. NB [LHP] Nick Greenwood (0-2, 6.26 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes722

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Patriots earning a promotion to MLB clubs, tying a franchise record (‘08): OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) & LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 & Cloyd made three starts in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last Somerset appearance. There has been a record 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 14 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: 10 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, OF Jerry Sands & INF Tyler Bortnick had their contracts’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (twice, Mexico) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: Having won the first half Liberty Division Championship, the Somerset Patriots have clinched a playoff berth and have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first-half championships.

ALL THE STARS: A league-high eight SOM players were selected to the All-Star Game: RHP David Kubiak, LHPs Rick Teasley & Duane Below, C Yovan Gonzalez, INFs Carlos Guzman & Tyler Bortnick, & OFs Aharon Eggleston & Justin Pacchioli.

ALFREDO EN FUEGO: INF Alfredo Rodriguez recently snapped a 20-game on-base streak (hits in 19 of 20), and an 11-game hit streak. Over his last 21 games now, he is batting .373 (31-for-83), raising his average from .168 to .245.

ROLLING IN THE DEEP: Kyle Roller has reached base in 31 of his last 34 games (hits in 27-of-34). Over that stretch, Roller is 45-for-125 (.360) with 12 home runs, 34 RBI, 32 runs scored & 24 walks. He also recently became the 2nd Patriot ever to record a cycle and the 5th to record eight RBI in a game (6/28).

MORE THAN LUKE-WARM: RHP Lucas Irvine has strung together four-straight quality starts, including six scoreless innings with one hit on 7/16. Over this stretch, Irvine has allowed just four runs over 26.2 IP (1.35 ERA), lowering his season-ERA from 4.91 to 3.84. He has won four of his last six starts, including a nine-strikeout performance (6/24), and tied for first on the team in wins (7).

ON THE MARK: INF Mark Minicozzi has reached base safely in 14 of his last 16 games. Over that stretch, the first-year Patriot is hitting .315 (17-for-54) with a HR, 10 RBI, 10 BB and 12 R, raising his average from .179 (6/15) to .276.

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PATIENCE A VIRTUE: As a team, the Patriots lead the Atlantic League in walks (347). The next closest team is Lancaster, with 65 fewer walks (282). Additionally, Somerset has collectively struck out 529 times: second fewest in the league (Bridgeport, 492).

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Michael Warner was just named the 8th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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The Patriots Walk Over Bees 5-2

72117fbBridgewater, NJ-   The Somerset Patriots (7-7, 49-35) defeated the New Britain Bees (6-8, 32-52) 5-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening.

 

Lucas Irvine (7-2) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in seven innings pitched.

 

“Yovan’s been great at keeping hitters off balance and managing a great game,” said Irvine of starting catcher Yovan Gonzalez. “He’s really been the mastermind right now and we’ve just been on the same page. Obviously great defense behind me tonight helped. It was a full team effort.”

 

The Bees took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by Michael Baca.

 

Somerset evened up the score in the bottom of the frame when Mark Minicozzi drewbases loaded walk.

 

Ivan Villlaescusa hit a solo home run (1) in the fifth inning to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the Bees.

 

Two bases loaded walks and an RBI single by Gonzalez in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Patriots a 4-2 advantage.

 

The Patriots added a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a wild pitch that allowed Justin Pacchioli to score for the 5-2 final.

 

Brandon Shimo (4-3) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits in 1.2 innings pitched.

 

Dustin Molleken came in the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

 

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Saturday night with a 7:05 pm game against the New Britain Bees. The game includes Fireworks presented by Premiere Dance Hillsborough. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Friday, July 21st

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Somerset Patriots (6-7, 48-35) vs. New Britain Bees (6-7, 32-51)

Game #84 * Friday, July 21st * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM def NB 5-1; Kyle Roller goes 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI; 91-min. rain delay
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (6-2, 3.95 ERA) vs. NB [LHP] Eric Fornataro (0-2, 6.28 ERA)
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (4-7, 3.65 ERA) vs. NB [LHP] Greg Nappo (0-0, 4.90 ERA)
Sunday (7:05 pm) SOM TBA vs. NB [LHP] Nick Greenwood (0-2, 6.26 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes721good

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Patriots earning a promotion to MLB clubs, tying a franchise record (‘08): OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) & LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 & Cloyd made three starts in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last Somerset appearance. There has been a record 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 14 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; 10 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, OF Jerry Sands & INF Tyler Bortnick had their contracts’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (twice, Mexico) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: Having won the first half Liberty Division Championship, the Somerset Patriots have clinched a playoff berth and have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first-half championships.

ALL THE STARS: A league-high eight SOM players were selected to the All-Star Game: RHP David Kubiak, LHPs Rick Teasley & Duane Below, C Yovan Gonzalez, INFs Carlos Guzman & Tyler Bortnick, & OFs Aharon Eggleston & Justin Pacchioli.

ALFREDO EN FUEGO: INF Alfredo Rodriguez is currently on a 20-game on-base streak (hits in 19 of 20), including a current 11-game hit streak. Over this stretch, he is batting .397 (31-for-78), raising his average from .168 to .251.

ROLLING IN THE DEEP: Kyle Roller has reached base in 29 of his last 32 games (hits in 25-of-32). Over that stretch, Roller is 43-for-117 (.368) with 12 home runs, 34 RBI, 30 runs scored & 22 walks. He also recently became the 2nd Patriot ever to record a cycle and the 5th to record eight RBI in a game (6/28).

MORE THAN LUKE-WARM: RHP Lucas Irvine has strung together three-straight quality starts, including six scoreless innings with one hit on 7/16. Over this stretch, Irvine has allowed just two runs over 19.2 IP (0.92 ERA), lowering his season-ERA from 4.91 to 3.95. He has won three of his last five starts, including a nine-strikeout performance (6/24) and ranks second on the team in wins (6).

ON THE MARK: INF Mark Minicozzi has reached base safely in 13 of his last 15 games. Over that stretch, the first-year Patriot is hitting .314 (16-for-51) with a HR, nine RBI, nine BB and 11 R, raising his average from .179 (6/15) to .274.

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PATIENCE A VIRTUE: As a team, the Patriots lead the Atlantic League in walks (339). The next closest team is Lancaster, with 59 fewer walks (280). Additionally, Somerset has collectively struck out 519 times: second fewest in the league (Bridgeport, 489).

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Michael Warner was just named the 8th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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Roller Hits Two Homers To Lead Patriots To 5-1 Win

720fbscoreBridgewater, NJ- Kyle Roller went deep twice to lead the Somerset Patriots (6-7, 48-35) to a 5-1 win over the New Britain Bees (6-7, 32-51) at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday evening.

 

The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Aharon Eggleston before a 91-minute rain delay ensued in the fourth inning.

 

When game resumed, Roller launched a two-run home run (11) over the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Somerset a 3-0 lead.

 

“I just go up there and try to put a good swing on the ball,” said Roller. “Luckily I was able to put good wood on it. My goal is to go gap-to-gap and if it goes out great.”

 

The Bees got on the board in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Michael Baca to cut the lead to 3-1.

 

Roller smacked his second two-run shot (12) in the bottom of the eighth inning for the 5-1 final.

 

“I had an idea he was going to throw me a cutter. He threw me a fastball away, which worked with what I was trying to do. It was short out there and it went out,” Roller said.

 

A.J. Achter (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings pitched. Kyle Simon (6-7) suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on 11 hits in a complete game effort.

 

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Friday night with a 7:05 pm game against the New Britain Bees. The game includes BBQ Aprons (1st 1,000 Adults) courtesy of Fras-Air/ General Service Experts and Christmas In July Night. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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