Central Islip, NY – The Long Island Ducks (2-1, 32-41) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-2, 46-26) 7-5 in come from behind fashion Thursday night to win the rubber game of the three game midweek series.
In the top of the third inning left fielder Aharon Eggleston registered a RBI double to give the Patriots an early 1-0 lead.
Somerset tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 4-0. Second baseman Jeff Baisley hit a two RBI single and Eggleston legged out an RBI infield single
Long Island cut the deficit in half in the ensuing half inning as left fielder Bill Hall slugged a two run home run (5) down the right field line making the score 4-2.
Third baseman Corey Smith tallied a RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning to increase the Patriots advantage to 5-2.
Shortstop Dan Lyons blooped a RBI to shallow right field in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 5-3 as Somerset still led.
The Ducks scored four runs in the home half of the eighth inning to take a 7-5 lead which they would not relinquish. Third baseman Bryant Nelson hit a RBI single and Hall blasted a go ahead three run home run (6) to deep left field that proved to be the difference.
Eric Niesen (4-0) earned the win in relief. Jason Lowey (3-2) suffered the loss in relief. Closer Leo Rosales notched his 13th save of the year.
The 2013 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue tomorrow night when the Patriots return home to take on the Camden Riversharks at 7:05 p.m. The game features a Post-Game Fireworks Show courtesy of QuickChek. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.