In the bottom of the first inning second baseman Jeff Dominguez smacked a home run (1) to give Somerset an early 1-0 advantage.
Left fielder Cory Harrilchak homered (3) in the bottom of the second inning to increase the Patriots lead to 2-0.
Southern Maryland cut the deficit in half at 2-1 in the top of the fourth inning as designated hitter Luke Murton pounded a RBI double.
The Patriots added three runs in the bottom of the fourth frame to expand their lead to 5-1. Shortstop Scott Kelly sliced a RBI single while two additional runs scored on an error by pitcher Ian Marshall.
Left fielder Keith Castillo slashed a home run (4) to dwindle the deficit to 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning.
Catcher Adam Donachie hit a RBI fielder’s choice to up the score to 6-2 in favor of Somerset in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Blue Crabs plated a pair of runs in the ensuing half inning to cut the deficit in half at 6-4. Murton hit a RBI groundout while first baseman Angel Chavez recorded a RBI single.
Somerset scratched across a run in the home half of the seventh inning as first baseman Brian Barden roped a RBI double making the contest 7-4.
Castillo hammered a RBI double in the top of the eighth inning to cut the deficit to 7-5.
Shortstop Bobby Stevens clubbed a home run (1) in the top of ninth inning to make the score 7-6 which would be the final.
Matt Maloney (6-5) earned the win tossing six innings while allowing four runs. Ian Marshall (7-6) suffered the loss hurling 3.2 innings while scattering five runs. Jon Hunton notched his Atlantic League leading 31st save throwing the final frame.
The 2014 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue tomorrow night when the Patriots are home at TD Bank Ballpark for a single admission doubleheader at 5:05 p.m. against the Lancaster Barnstormers. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.