Less than 24 hours after exploding for four runs in the first running, the Wareham Gatemen bats fell silent in their road opener against Bourne, falling 5-1.
Eric Cantrell (George Washington) went eight innings for the Braves (1-2), striking out 12 batters total, including striking out the side in both the sixth and eighth innings.
Already down 1-0 after one inning, George Springer (Connecticut) and Chris Hannick (Cal State Northridge) had back-to-back singles in the second. Jake Lemmerman (Duke) advanced the runners to second and third on a groundout, but they were stranded as Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) grounded out to end the inning.
That was the best chance the Gatemen would get for some time against Bourne. The Wareham starter, Scott Rembisz (Florida International), got out of jams in each of the first three innings, stranding a total of seven runners. He threw 82 pitches over that span, however, and coach Cooper Farris turned things over to the bullpen in the fourth.
David Fischer (Connecticut) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, but Bourne got to Drew Kiekhefer (Louisville) in the seventh. Kiekhefer struck out two straight Braves after entering in the sixth inning, but he gave up three runs, two of them earned, in the seventh as Bourne took a 5-0 lead.
Wareham got on the board against Bourne reliever Ken Ferrer (Elon) in the ninth. Ryan LaMarre (Michigan) reached on an error and stole second. Derek Dietrich’s (Georgia Tech) groundout advanced LaMarre to third, and Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge) drove LaMarre home on an RBI groundout.
That was as close as the Gatemen (1-1) would get, as Wareham fell 5-1.
The Gatemen will look to bounce back at home Monday against Hyannis (1-2). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., but join broadcasters Alex Perlman and Kevin Copp for the pre-game show at www.gatemen.org at 6:45.
WP: Eric Cantrell (1-0), LP: Scott Rembisz (0-1)