Patriots Need Extra Innings To Avoid First Sub-.500 Half Since 2008

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-6 in extra innings before 7,956 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.

Somerset broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the 11th inning after shortstop David Housel reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and scored on a game winning RBI double by center fielder Wayne Lydon for the 7-6 win. The Patriots had evened the score at six after third baseman Pete LaForest singled and came around to score on a single by first baseman Joe Burke.

The Barnstormers jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Left fielder Michael Woods started it off with a walk, right fielder Jason Perry also walked, and third baseman Aaron Herr followed with a double to right field to score both runners. Herr would come around to score after designated hitter Reggie Taylor hit into a fielder’s choice for the 3-0 lead.

The Patriots answered with a run in the bottom of the first inning after Lydon singled and came around to score on a passed ball to cut the lead to 3-1.

Lancaster added a run to make the score 4-1 in the top of the second inning after center fielder Joe Gaetti walked, catcher Octavio Martinez singled, shortstop Bryant Nelson reached on a fielder’s choice, and Gaetti came around to score on a throwing error by shortstop David Housel.

Somerset evened the score in the bottom of the third inning. Lydon singled, first baseman Michael Hernandez walked, and designated hitter Josh Pressley (5) blasted a three-run homerun to right field for the 4-4 tie.

The Barnstormers regained the lead with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Mulhern walked and eventually came around to score after Martinez hit into a double play for the 5-4 advantage.

Somerset tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning after Lydon walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice by left fielder Tim Raines, Jr., and scored on a single by Pressley.

Lancaster broke out in front 6-5 on a solo homerun in the top of the 11th inning by first baseman Ryan Mulhern (7).

Patriots reliever Jerry Dunn (2-1) picked up the win, allowing a run on a hit in two innings pitched. Tim McNab (4-2) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings pitched.

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