WAREHAM, MA: – The Gatemen (12-18-1, fourth in West) were shut out 3-0 by the Commodores (13-18, third in West) Monday at Spillane Field for their third straight loss.
The game was a lefty pitcher’s duel early on between Wareham’s Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) (2-3), the league’s strikeout leader, and Falmouth’s Christian Jones (Oregon) (2-3). Both dealt three scoreless innings each before Bradley gave up a solo home run to Andrew Susac (Oregon State) in the fourth to give Falmouth the 1-0 lead.
Bradley exited with four innings of work after reaching his evening pitch count maximum of 50 pitches, as requested by Georgia Tech. The southpaw allowed one run off of four hits, walked none, and struck out three.
Devin Burke (Duke) replaced Bradley in the fifth and walked his leadoff man Barrett Barnes (Texas Tech). Chris O’Brien (Wichita State) followed by sacrifice bunting Barnes over to second. After Burke struck out Kyle Bluestein (Jacksonville State) swinging, he faced the top of the Falmouth order with a runner still in scoring position.
Kyle Von Tugeln (Texas Christian) reached base on an infield single which advanced Barnes to third. The next batter, KC Serna (Oregon), walked to load the bases for the Commodores’ best hitter. Kevin Medrano (Missouri State) came to the plate and hit a ground-rule double to right to score Barnes and Von Tugeln and put Falmouth up 3-0.
The Wareham offense struggled to get going all game. Jones tosses six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking one, and fanning four. Relievers Nick Maronde (Florida) and Kaleb Merck (Texas Christian) combined to pitch three scoreless innings of one-hit ball while striking out four to shut out the Gatemen 3-0.
Even in the loss, Wareham’s bullpen had a solid day. Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce) struck out one in two scoreless innings and Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) and Keith Bilodeau (Maine) each threw an inning of no-hit ball while combining for three K’s.
Tony Caldwell (Auburn) led the Gatemen with two hits and Zach Wilson (Arizona State) and LJ Mazzilli (Connecticut) each added one.
After an off-day Tuesday, Wareham looks to end its three-game homestand on a high note Wednesday against Hyannis. First pitch at Spillane Field is set for 7 p.m.