For the third straight game, Johnny Drennen (3) hit a crucial home run, this time a go ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that gave the Patriots the 3-2 advantage.
The Blue Crabs broke the scoreless tie in the fourth. Brian Barton doubled and came around to score on an RBI double by David Espinosa.
Southern Maryland added their second run on an RBI single by Casey Benjamin that plated Richard Giannotti, who had reached on a one out triple.
Reliever Derell McCall (1-0) picked up the win for Somerset after tossing three scoreless innings and striking out one batter. Ben Moore (1-1) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs in 7.2 innings pitched. Travis Bowyer earned his first save with a scoreless ninth inning pitched.
The 2012 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Saturday night with a 7:05 pm game against the Blue Crabs. The game includes a Post Game Fireworks Show presented by Bill Leary AC and Heating. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.