Central Islip, NY – The Somerset Patriots (30-17, 76-41) defeated the Long Island Ducks (24-22, 54-63) 7-1 Thursday evening from Bethpage Ballpark in the series opener.
In the top of the second inning third baseman Corey Smith laced a RBI double to give the Patriots an early 1-0 lead which they would never relinquish.
Left fielder Aharon Eggleston roped a RBI single in the top of the third inning to expand Somerset’s advantage to 2-0.
Shortstop Bill Hall cranked a solo home run (14) to dead center field as the Ducks cut the deficit in half making the score 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
In the top of the fifth inning pitcher Bill Murphy threw a wild pitch that plated designated hitter Yunesky Sanchez to make the contest 3-1 in favor of Somerset.
The Patriots plated four runs in the eighth inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead which would be the final score. Shortstop Angel Sanchez registered a RBI double while second baseman Bobby Stevens launched a three run home run (6) to left field as all four funs came with two outs.
Derell McCall (6-0) earned the win tossing 5.2 innings while surrendering just one run and four hits. Bill Murphy (2-14) suffered the loss as he lasted six innings while allowing three runs on eight hits.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Tuesday, August 27th when they return home to take on the York Revolution. The game features Bark in the Park Night. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.