Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots defeated the Long Island Ducks 6-4 before 7,283 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon. The attendance helped the team set a new Atlantic League weekend record of 24,344 fans over the course of the three days.
The Ducks got on the board early with a Brendan Harris RBI single in the first to make the score 1-0.
The Patriots answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Corey Smith hit an RBI double scoring Aharon Eggleston and Adam Donachie to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead.
Donachie hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to put Somerset up 3-1.
Lew Ford hit a home run (11) in the third for Long Island to cut the lead to 3-2.
Donachie’s two run home run (2) in the bottom of the fourth gave the Patriots a 5-2 advantage.
Damaso Espino scored in the bottom of the sixth on a Donachie sac fly to center for a 6-2 Patriots lead.
The Ducks chipped into the lead in the top of the seventh on an RBI double by Fehlandt Lentini that made the score 6-3.
In the top of the ninth Randy Ruiz hit a sac fly scoring Jon Myers for the 6-4 final.
Patriots starter Matt Zielinski (5-2) picked up the win, allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings pitched. Ducks starter Casey Barnes (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing five runs-four earned-on ten hits in four innings pitched. Jon Hunton earned his 13th save of the season.
The 2014 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Monday evening at 7:05pm against the Long Island Ducks. The game features Cartoon Network’s Move It Movement Tour. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.