WAREHAM, Mass. The Wareham Gatemen turned in their second straight solid effort at home Monday night, disposing of the Hyannis Mets 4-2 to win consecutive games for the second time in 2009.
The Gatemen (6-4-1) were buoyed by stellar performances for their three most recent arrivals on the Cape: Zach Wilson (Arizona State), Brett Eibner (Arkansas), and Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State).
Wilson and Eibner each hit home runs, and Swagerty closed out the win over Hyannis (5-7) by striking out the side in the ninth.
The game began much like last night’s contest against Brewster with an early pitchers’ duel between Wareham starter Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) and Hyannis hurler Kevin Brandt (East Carolina).
Armstrong (2-0) allowed just one hit through the first four innings, facing only one more than the minimum number of batters. He finished his night going 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run, striking out four batters and walking only one. Armstrong joined Wednesday night’s projected starter Eric Pfisterer (Duke) as the only Gatemen pitchers with multiple wins this season.
On the offensive end, the Gatemen matched a season high with two long balls in the contest, but it was small ball in the fourth inning that put Wareham on the board. Shea Vucinich (Washington State) led off with a bunt single, the first hit of the game for Wareham off of Brandt. Derek Dietrich (Georgia Tech) followed with a bloop single into left field to put runners on first and second. Alex Dickerson (Indiana) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.
Vucinich made it a 1-0 game by coming home to score on a wild pitch, and George Springer (Connecticut) provided the game’s first RBI on a groundout to the shortstop, driving home Dietrich to make it 2-0 Gatemen.
In the fifth, Zach Wilson led off the inning with a home run that wrapped around the left field foul pole, the fourth time this season that Wareham accomplished that feat to start an inning. The blast made it 3-0 Wareham.
After Hyannis put a run across in the top of the sixth, Eibner crushed a ball to left center field that touched down to the right of the outfield grandstands, ballooning the Wareham lead to 5-1.
Not done yet, Vucinich hit a one-out single in the seventh inning, and a Dietrick walk and Dickerson single loaded the bases with one out. After Springer flew out to right field, Eibner delivered his third RBI of the day (a season-high for any Gatemen player) with a single that put Wareham up 6-1.
The Gatemen venture across the bridge to Orleans in search of their first three-game winning streak of 2009. First pitch at Eldredge Park is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.