ORLEANS, MA: – Another quality start by a Wareham starting pitcher: another missed opportunity for the Gatemen.
Despite lefty Eric Pfisterer (Duke) going six strong innings allowing one earned run while striking out four, the Gatemen (4-10) could not muster an offensive spark as the Firebirds (7-8) handed Wareham its second shutout of the season, winning 3-0.
Steve Selsky connected for a two-out single to right center to score Kolten Wong in the bottom of the first inning—Pfisterer’s only run allowed of the day. That run proved to be the difference, as the Gatemen only strung together three hits all night.
Pfisterer (1-1) was charged with the tough-luck loss despite giving up five hits and walking only one, while Matt Sisto got the win, going 5.1 innings and allowing only two hits while striking out one. Matt Stroman tossed 2.2 stellar innings of relief, striking out five and walking one to shut the door on Wareham and picking up the save.
Wareham threatened in the top of the sixth, as Jonathan Smith (Tenn.-Wesleyan) drew a bases loaded walk with two outs, but George Springer (Connecticut) grounded back to the pitcher to quell the threat.
The Gatemen had runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh as well. Alex Dickerson (Indiana) singled to lead off the inning, and Max Muncy (Baylor) reached on a walk. Tyler Bream (Liberty) sacrificed the duo to make it second and third with one out, but Stroman struck out back-to-back Wareham hitters to retire the side.
In the bottom of the seventh, Orleans tacked on two more insurance runs off of reliever Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce). Matt Koch laid down a two-out bunt-single to keep the inning going, and Danny Muno doubled down the left field line to push the runners into scoring position.
That brought up brother Kevin Muno, who lined a gapper into right center to drive in two runs, pushing Orleans’ to 3-0. Andrew McKirahan (Texas) made his second relief appearance of the season, and held the Firebirds scoreless in an inning of work.
Wareham went down 1-2-3 in the eighth, and despite drawing a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth Springer was stranded at second base, as Wareham fell for the third straight game.
Wareham will look to snap its latest skid on Wednesday night at Spillane Field against Cotuit. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.