Patriots Thinking Pink; Walk-Off On Hagen Grand Slam

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots rallied from a seven run deficit to win in their final at bat on a walk-off grand slam by second baseman Matt Hagen for a 14-10 victory over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Sunday afternoon.

The bottom of the ninth started with a one-out rally when catcher Jason Belcher singled and was pinch run for by Joe Holden, who scored on a two-run home run by third baseman Iggy Suarez (2). Shortstop Elliott Ayala drew a walk, center fielder Wayne Lydon reached on an error, and right fielder Noah Hall drew a walk to load the bases. Hagen (2) followed with the game-winning grand slam.

Somerset trailed 9-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning when they cut the lead to 9-8 with six runs. Left fielder Tim Raines Jr., Belcher, and Suarez all reached on singles and first baseman Joe Burke drew a bases loaded walk to plate Raines. Ayala singled home Belcher and Lydon’s two-run double plated Suarez and Burke. After an RBI groundout by Hall, Hagen drove home Lydon with an RBI double that made the score 9-8.

Southern Maryland took an early lead in the top of the first inning after right fielder Kody Kirkland doubled and shortstop Travis Garcia singled to bring him around to score.  First baseman Eric Crozier then singled to plate Garcia for the 2-0 lead.

The Blue Crabs added to their lead in the top of the second inning.  Center fielder Jeremy Owens doubled, left fielder Brian McFall was hit by a pitch, catcher Octavio Martinez reached on a fielder’s choice, and second baseman Casey Benjamin singled to score Owens and McFall for the 4-0 advantage.

Southern Maryland increased their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth inning.  Martinez singled, Kirkland singled, and Garcia tripled to empty the bases.

Somerset cut the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Blue Crabs answered with two runs in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 8-2.

Southern Maryland added a run in the top of the eighth inning on a solo homerun by Garcia (1) and another run in the top of the ninth on a fielder’s choice.

Patriots reliever Casey Cahill (1-1) picked up the win with a scoreless inning pitched. Jim Warden (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, two earned, on three hits in 0.2 innings pitched.

The Somerset Patriots 2010 Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Monday afternoon with a continuation of Saturday’s suspended game starting in the top of the sixth inning at 11:05 am. The Patriots will then play their regularly scheduled game

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