Camden, NJ – The Camden Riversharks (8-13, 32-59) defeated the Somerset Patriots (8-12, 54-36) 8-7 in 10 innings Thursday night from Campbell’s Field in the series opener between these Garden State foes. Designated hitter Val Pascucci spanked two homers including a walk-off blast in the bottom of the 10th inning that snapped Somerset’s four game winning streak.
In the top of the first inning first baseman Jeff Baisley hit a two RBI double and designated hitter Jorge Cortes stroked a RBI single to give Somerset an early 3-0 lead.
In the ensuing half inning the Sharks would plate five runs to take a 5-3 advantage. First baseman Delwyn Young and third baseman Juan Martinez tallied RBI singles while right fielder Johnny Drennen clubbed a three RBI double.
Pascucci plated a run in the bottom of the second inning to expand Camden’s lead to 6-3 as he recorded a RBI sacrifice fly.
Somerset tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the seventh as left fielder Aharon Eggleston slapped a RBI single and third baseman Corey Smith drilled a two RBI double.
Camden retook the lead in the home half of the seventh inning as Pascucci socked a solo homer (8) to deep left field to make the score 7-6 in favor of the Sharks.
Right fielder Cory Aldridge tied the game at 7-7 for Somerset in the top of the ninth inning as he laced a two out, two strike, opposite field RBI double.
In the bottom of the 10th inning Pascucci crushed a walk-off solo homer (9) to deep left-center field. It was Pascucci’s seventh homer in his last 11 ball games.
Adrian Martin (3-3) earned the win after initially blowing the save in the ninth inning. Jim Hoey (0-2) suffered the loss in relief.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, August 2nd when the Patriots return home to take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 7:05 p.m. The game features a Post-Game Fireworks Show presented by Cablevision Advertising Sales. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.