Waldorf, MD – The Somerset Patriots (13-6) extended their winning streak to five games by defeating the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-8) 7-5 in 13 innings Friday evening from Regency Furniture Stadium. In the top of the 13th inning first baseman Thomas Neal (1) and right fielder Chris Marrero (3) smacked back-to-back home runs to left field to propel the Patriots to victory in the series opener. Audio clip of Neal’s homer. Audio clip of Marrero’s homer.
In the top of the third inning center fielder Jonny Tucker hit a RBI fielder’s choice to give Somerset a 1-0 advantage.
Marrero sliced a RBI double to expand Somerset’s lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
The Patriots tacked on a run in the top of the seventh inning when catcher James Skelton spanked a RBI double to increase the lead to 3-0.
Southern Maryland got on the scoreboard in the ensuing half inning when shortstop Casey Frawley recorded a RBI single to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Third baseman David Vidal poked a RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to make the score 4-1 in favor of the Patriots.
Left fielder Cyle Hankerd pounded a solo home run (4) as the score became 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Blue Crabs rallied to tie the contest at 4-4 plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning thanks to RBI singles by right fielder Fred Lewis and center fielder Antone DeJesus.
Skelton pounded a go ahead RBI single in the top of the 12th inning to temporarily put Somerset in front 5-4. Audio clip of hit.
First baseman Zach Wilson legged out a two out, RBI infield single to even the score at 5-5 in the home half of the 12th inning to prolong the game.
With the victory Somerset improved to 4-0 in extra innings and tallied its seventh win in its final at bat through its first 19 games of 2015.
David Harden earned the win (1-0) in relief. Sean Keeler (1-1) suffered the loss in relief. Buddy Boshers tallied the save (1) pitching a perfect final inning.
The 2015 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Tuesday, May 19th. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.