Patriots Enjoy Sweet Victory Over Sugar Land

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 7-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday night.

Jesse Hoorelbeke led off the second inning with a single to get things started for the Patriots.  Jeff Nettles then followed with a single to center field to set a new Atlantic League record for career hits with 934.  Later that inning, the Patriots scored to take a 1-0 lead on a single by Rex Rundgren that brought home Hoorelbeke.

Somerset rallied in the third to bring home three runs, highlighted by a Johnny Drennen RBI single that scored both Nettles and Lou Santangelo.

The Patriots tacked on two more runs the following inning on an RBI double by Aaron Mathews to extend their lead to 6-0.

An RBI single by Josh Pressley in the seventh inning brought home the lone run for Sugar Land and make the score 6-1.

Somerset scored their final run in the bottom of the eighth on a solo homerun by Mathews for the 7-1 final.

Patriots starter Roy Merritt (1-0) got the win after tossing 5.1 scoreless innings while striking out four.  Skeeters starter Pedro Liriano (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs in 2.2 innings pitched.  Derell McCall picked up his first save of the season after allowing a run in three innings pitched.

The 2012 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Thursday night with a 7:05 pm game against the Skeeters.  The game includes Top 15 Patriots Card Strips for the first 2,000 fans. For tickets, call  (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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