Sugar Land, TX – The Somerset Patriots (27-11) won 8-4 in a dramatic and intense game against the Sugar Land Skeeters (31-10) on Friday evening from Constellation Field in the series opener. Somerset recorded their 12th come from behind victory of the season.
The Skeeters jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as the leadoff hitter, center fielder Adam Godwin, spanked a line drive home run (1) down the left field line.
Somerset plated a pair in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead as starter Scott Elarton threw a wild pitch that allowed Jonny Tucker to score and designated hitter Jake Fox then blooped a RBI single making the score 2-1.
Sugar Land tied the contest at 2-2 in the ensuing half inning as first baseman Josh Pressley hit an opposite field home run (6) to left field.
The Patriots took a commanding lead in the eighth inning and never looked back as they sent 10 men to the plate while scoring six runs and capitalizing on two costly Skeeters errors. First baseman Eddy Martinez-Esteve socked a RBI single to center field yet Godwin committed a fielding error allowing two additional runs to score. Two batters later catcher Koby Clemens committed a fielding error that plated a pair of runs. Tucker then poked a RBI single up the middle to make the score 8-2.
Sugar Land scratched across two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as third baseman Travis Scott and Pressley each recorded RBI singles making the score 8-4 which would be the final.
Jason Lowey (2-0) earned the win. Roy Corcoran (4-1) suffered the loss.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, June 7th when they return home to take on the Sugar Land Skeeters at 7:05 p.m. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Ballpark Replica courtesy of TD Bank as part of the team’s 15th Anniversary Celebration of TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.