WAREHAM, MA: : Gatemen starting pitcher Jared Ruxer (Louisville) gave up three runs in the first inning to the Harwich Mariners, and Wareham could never recover after that and lost at Spillane Field by a final score of 7-1.
Matt Reida (Kentucky) led the Harwich assault with a 4-hit night and finished a double shy of the cycle. The Mariners shortstop had a solo home run in the 6th inning and added two triples for Harwich, who improves to 5-2 on the season.
Eric Jagielo (Notre Dame) also had a big game for the Mariners. The slugging third basemen went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a two-run homer.
On the other side of things, Wareham only managed four hits off of the Harwich pitching staff, led by starting pitcher David Whitehead (Elon) who pitched six innings and got the win.
For the Gatemen, Ruxer only pitched five innings, giving up ten hits and four runs. However, only one run of the four was earned for the Louisville right-hander, who falls to 0-2 on the season.
Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) scored the only Gatemen run in the 7th inning off of an RBI double by Matt Walsh (Franklin Pierce). Walsh was the designated hitter for Wareham and had two hits, improving his season average to .300.
Wareham lead-off man Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) went hitless for the first time this season, snapping his six-game hitting streak. Ty Ross (LSU) also failed to register a hit in four at-bats in his first appearance on the Cape this season.
One bright spot for the Gatemen was the performance of Vladimir Camacho (Franklin Pierce) in the 9th inning. The left-handed pitcher struck out all three Harwich batters he faced. He now has seven strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched.
Wareham has now not beaten Harwich since July of 2010.
The Gatemen return to action tonight on the road against the Falmouth Commodores. Falmouth sits at first place in the Western Division at 5-2, with one of its two losses coming at the hands of the Gatemen last Saturday (3-1 W). Clay Chapman (Florida Southern) gets the start for manager Cooper Farris as Wareham looks to snap its three-game losing streak.
First pitch is set for 6:30 PM from Arnie Allen Diamond. Be sure to click our “Gatemen Pressbox” page to hear the game live!