Lancaster, PA – The Somerset Patriots (34-15) defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers (20-30) 7-6 Sunday afternoon at Clipper Magazine Stadium. With the victory the Patriots clinched the series and are now 8-0-2 in their last 10 series.
In the top of the first inning the Patriots plated a pair of runs to take a 2-0 advantage. A run scored on a throwing error committed by third baseman Yusuke Kajimoto and another run crossed home via a RBI double by center fielder Scott Cousins.
Lancaster tied the game in the next half inning when shortstop Lance Zawadzki slugged a two run home run (5) to make the contest 2-2.
The Patriots added two more runs in the top of the second inning as pitcher Bryan Woodall hurled a wild pitch that scored second baseman Nate Spears and another run crossed home via left fielder Aharon Eggleston’s RBI single to make the score 4-2.
Right fielder Brandon Jones clubbed a game tying two run home run (5) to even the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the third inning.
Third baseman Greg Hopkins ripped a RBI double to give Somerset the lead again at 5-4 in the top of the fifth inning.
Hopkins socked a home run (4) to put Somerset up 6-4 in the top of the seventh inning.
David Vidal roped a RBI single as Somerset padded its lead to 7-4 in the top of the eighth inning.
The Barnstormers scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to trim the deficit to 7-6. Center fielder Anderson Feliz sliced a RBI single while Kajimoto recorded a RBI sacrifice fly.
Anthony Collazo earned the win (1-0) pitching a scoreless inning of relief. Bryan Woodall sustained the loss (1-4) as he hurled five frames while allowing five runs. Jon Hunton notched the save (11) pitching the final inning.
The 2015 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Bridgeport Bluefish on Tuesday, June 16th. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.