WAREHAM, Mass. The Bourne Braves completed their weekend sweep of the Gatemen, handing Wareham an 8-5 loss at Spillane Field Sunday. The struggling Gatemen (7-8-1) have now dropped four of their past five games, including two straight against the Braves (10-5-2) where Bourne has combined for 17 runs off of Gatemen pitching.
TheBraves, aided by three Gatemen errors in the third inning, jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Raynor Campbell (Baylor) highlighted a four-run top of the fourth with a three-run triple that made it 6-0 in favor of Bourne through 3 ½ innings. Wareham starter Blake Monar (1-2) settled down after that shaky fourth inning, retiring the next nine batters he faced before being taken out of the game after six innings. He struck out six over that span, giving up six runs, though only four were earned.
The Gatemen tried to climb out of the half-dozen run deficit in their half of the fourth inning. Zach Wilson (Arizona State) led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to a team-best seven games.
Alex Dickerson (Indiana) singled to advance Wilson to third, and Brett Eibner (Arkansas) drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. After Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) popped out for the inning’s first out, Ryan Pineda (Cal State Northridge) drew a walk to force home a run and cut the Bourne lead to 6-1.
The Gatemen couldn’t put any more runs on the board, despite having the bases loaded with only one out. In the fifth, Shea Vucinich (Washington State) and Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) led off with back-to-back singles, putting runners on first and second. Wilson followed with a double to left center, driving home both runners and bringing Wareham back to within 6-3. The inning was somewhat disappointing again, as Wareham subsequently loaded the bases but could not bring home any more runs. The Gatemen left nine runners stranded on the afternoon, five of whom were in scoring position.
Vucinich moved within one home run of the league lead with his third of the season, a solo shot to left off of reliever Alex Wimmers (Ohio State) that made it 6-4 Braves. The Gatemen had the momentum firmly in their direction, but Bourne’s Kyle Roller (East Carolina) changed all of that with a two-run shot to deep center that put Bourne up 8-4. Leonida and Pineda combined for back-to-back doubles in the eighth inning off of Justin Poovey (Florida) to make it a three-run contest at 8-5, but that was as close as the Gatemen would get.
The loss was just the second of 2009 for the Gatemen at home, and they will return to the road for the next two days, where Wareham is 0-6-1 this season. A three-game road stretch begins with a doubleheader against Hyannis (6-9-1) Monday at 4:30 p.m. Log on to www.hyannismets.org for the broadcast!