The Patriots stole the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Michael Crouse swiped home for the 1-0 advantage.
Somerset added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Will Kengor drove in a run on an RBI single and Michael Ohlman plated two more with a base hit that made the score 4-0.
Southern Maryland got on the board in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Cory Vaughn to cut the lead to 4-1.
Recently signed Ryan Kussmaul (1-0) impressed in his Patriots debut, allowing a run on four hits in six solid innings of work to earn the win.
“I like to challenge hitters and go right after them,” said Kussmaul. “I made a few two-out mistakes, but in the end, we came out with the win.”
Brett Lee (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing four runs- three earned- on five hits in 3.2 innings pitched. Mike Antonini pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his league leading 14th save of the season.
The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 7:05 pm game against the York Revolution on Friday, June 7th. The game features Post Game Fireworks and Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act presented by TD Bank. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.