COTUIT, MA: For the second time in as many matchups, Falmouth posted an early four-run inning and went on to set a new season high for runs scored against the Gatemen as the Commodores rolled to a 9-1 victory over Wareham on a foggy Saturday night at Spillane Field.
Eight days earlier, Falmouth scored four runs in the fourth inning and went on to win 8-3 at Spillane Field. On Saturday, the Commodores busted out for a quartet of runs in the top of the third frame and added five more in the fifth en route to the 9-1 win. With the victory, Falmouth improved to 9-5. The Gatemen, meanwhile, fell to 2-12.
Wareham starting pitcher Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) entered Saturday’s action with a sparkling 0.75 ERA in 12 innings and two starts. But the Commodores hard-hitting offense was locked in against the right-hander Saturday. After two solid innings from Cutura, Falmouth left fielder Sam Gillikin (Auburn) led off the third frame with a double. The next three Commodore batters also reached base before first baseman Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State) lifted a sacrifice fly to right field and shortstop Kevin Newman (Arizona) ripped an RBI single to left field to open up a 4-0 advantage.
The Gatemen threatened to respond in the bottom of the fourth inning when Wareham right fielder Sean McMullen (LSU) roped a liner to the fence in right field. McMullen, however, tried to stretch a double into a triple and was gunned down at third base for the second out of the inning. McMullen’s double — his third hit in just two games since arriving from LSU — was one of three hits for the Gatemen.
After Cutura was chased from the game after four innings, the Commodores exploded for another big inning in the top of the fifth. The first five batters all reached base and eventually scored against Wareham right-hander Jared Ruxer (Louisville), who was making his season debut after arriving from the College World Series. Ruxer settled down nicely after the fifth and worked a pair of scoreless innings from that point on.
Wareham shortstop Ethan Gross (Memphis) made a tremendous play in the top of the seventh inning to potentially save more runs. With runners at first and second and two outs, Gillkin hit a ball on the infield toward Gross that what would have been nearly impossible for the shortstop to get Gillikin at first. Gross pump faked the throw anyway and got the runner at third base to attempt to head home. Gross tied him up in a rundown and Wareham catcher Chris Chinea (LSU) tagged out the runner to end the half-inning and escape the damage.
Wareham’s only run came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Cole Stancil (Saint Leo) doubled down the right-field line to lead off the frame and moved over to third on a fielder’s choice ground out by left fielder Adam Toth (Baylor). Center fielder Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) then grounded out to first base and allowed Stancil to score.
Gatemen right-handers Dillon Ortman (Auburn) and Bradley Roney (Southern Miss.) each worked a scoreless inning in relief.
Tomorrow, the Gatemen send right-hander Tucker Simpson (Florida) to the hill against the Orleans Firebirds. First pitch between the Gatemen and the Firebirds is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Eldredge Park on Sunday. As always, you can watch the live stream of the game by accessing our “Gatemen Pressbox” page. The pre-game show will begin around 4:45 p.m.