Somerset Splits Doubleheader In Camden

(PR) Camden, NJ – In his Somerset debut, Michael Hernandez drove in Matt Hagen in the sixth inning, breaking a deadlock en route to a 2-1 win over the Camden Riversharks in game one of a doubleheader at Campbell’s Field on a cold, cloudy Wednesday night. The Patriots dropped the second contest 7-2.

With the game tied at 1-1, Hagen walked to lead off the sixth against reliever Ryan McKellar. Hernandez followed by sneaking a run-scoring double down the right field line off McKellar (0-2). The Brooklyn native was thrown out at third but the Patriot bullpen would not relinquish the lead as Casey Cahill pitched a scoreless sixth and Ryan Houston saved his fifth game in five tries after a perfect seventh. Hernadez, who signed and activated before the series began, reached base all three times at the plate in his first game with Somerset, notching a walk and a single as well.

Jason Monti, making a spot start for Somerset, threw an efficient five innings for the win. The only run off the righty was a Garrett Guzman solo home run in the fourth. Monti (1-1) allowed just one more hit, striking out five without a walk. The Patriots scored one run in the fifth on a Ryan Freel RBI to tie the game off of Steve Hammond who struck out six, allowing just four hits in five frames.

In the nightcap, Jesse Darcy allowed a run in the first but retired nine in a row after that. Darcy (1-2) did not allow another run until the fourth. The Patriots tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth when Hagen brought in two on a triple to right. But Darcy ran into trouble in the bottom of the frame, allowing a pair of one-out runs, putting Camden up 4-2. Darcy finished five innings allowing eight hits and striking out six. Six Rivershark relievers teamed up for the seven innings, allowing just seven Patriot hits. Jerry Dunn allowed three runs in the sixth for the final Camden tallies.

Somerset (10-8) and Camden (9-9) square off for the rubber game on Thursday as Tom Mastny (1-0, 5.14) gets the ball for the Patriots against Steve Sharpe (2-0, 4.15). Coverage begins at 7:00 pm on 1450, WCTC-AM and online at http://www.wctcam.com and http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

NOTES: In his return to Camden, Wayne Lydon went 0-8 in the double header. The hitless and walk-less night snapped his 14-game on base streak…Noah Hall’s 14-game on-base streak was also snapped after going 0-3 in the opener…the 2-1 win is the lowest run total for the Patriots in a win this season…the two runs in each game marked just the second and third times the Patriots have scored less than three runs in a contest this season…Joe Holden had a pair of base hits in the second game…Jason Belcher notched three hits in the doubleheader.

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