Lancaster, PA – The Somerset Patriots (1-1) defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers (1-1) 5-4 in 11 innings Thursday evening in Game Two of the Liberty Division Series from Clipper Magazine Stadium. The series is tied at 1-1 in the best-of-five set. The Patriots erased a three run deficit heading into the seventh inning to rally and salvage a split on the road.
In the top of the 11th inning designated hitter Jake Fox slugged a go ahead RBI double to give Somerset its first lead of the evening at 5-4. Audio of the clutch extra base hit.
Lancaster plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 3-0 advantage. Left fielder Cole Garner slapped a two RBI single while third baseman Wilson Batista hammered a RBI double.
Right fielder Ty Wright sprayed a RBI single in the top of the sixth inning after center fielder Jonny Tucker scoked a leadoff double to cut the deficit to 3-1. Audio of the first run of the game.
The Barnstormers responded with a solo home run by center fielder Greg Golson in the ensuing half inning to expand their lead to 4-1.
The Patriots rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning as Tucker brought home first baseman Daryle Ward via a RBI fielder’s choice (audio) and Wright poked a RBI single (audio) to make the contest 4-3.
Second baseman Jeff Dominguez ripped a game tying RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to even the score 4-4. Audio of the clutch base knock.
Matt Zielinski (1-0) earned the win in relief. Jason Urquidez (0-1) suffered the loss in relief. Jon Hunton notched the save (1) pitching a scoreless 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 7:05 p.m. game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. It’ll be Game Three of the Liberty Division Series. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.