BOURNE, MA: – One day after Bourne handed Falmouth the most lopsided defeat of the season, Wareham put a similar pounding on the Braves.
Paced by 21 hits on a day that saw every starter in the lineup get at least one base hit, the Gatemen (5-13) routed the Braves (10-9) 15-4, marking the highest offensive total for Wareham in 2010 and snapping a six-game losing streak in the process during a special Fourth of July matinee event.
Wareham was led offensively by Tyler Bream (Liberty), who scattered five singles in six at-bats while driving in six runs and scoring once, raising his average nearly 50 points to .246 on the season.
The Gatemen tacked on at least one run in every inning except the third and the ninth—making it easy for Max Perlman (Harvard) to come away with his first win of the season.
The Longwood, Fla., native, who came into the contest with a 1.98 ERA through three decisions, ran into trouble during the first two innings, but a fine defensive play from Jonathan Smith (Tenn.-Wesleyan) limited the damage.
Bourne righty Devin Jones, meanwhile, lasted just 1.2 innings before being pulled in favor of lefty Brian Busch. Jones gave up seven hits and allowed four runs, while Busch scattered three hits while yielding a pair of runs while striking out two and walking two.
Max Muncy (Baylor) started things off with a triple to score Smith in the top of the first, and Bream drove him in to make it 2-0. Bourne answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning, but Muncy and Bream came up with back-to-back singles again to drive in Tony Caldwell (Auburn) and Zach Wilson (Arizona State) to make it 4-1.
Bourne threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning with bases loaded and two outs. With one run already plated, Tommy LaStella singled to right field. Creede Simpson scored from third to make it a one-run game, but Smith gunned down Scott Woodward at the plate to end the inning.
It was all Wareham afterward.
After a scoreless third, Wareham tacked on two in the fourth on RBIs from Wilson and Bream. In the fifth, LJ Mazilli (Connecticut) capitalized on a fielding error that allowed him to reach safely. The Greenwich, Conn., native then stole second, and scored on a singleby Caldwell. Bream then connected with his third hit of the day with the bases juiced and two outs, scoring two more runs to make it 9-3 Wareham.
Wareham tacked on a run in the sixth and seventh before exploding for four in the eighth—its biggest inning of the day, offensively. With Will Roberts on the hill for the Braves, Bream singled another run with two outs and runners at first and second, followed by a Nico Rosthenhausler (Oklahoma State) base hit to drive in another. Rosthenhausler finished the day with a season-high three hits of his own. Derek Dennis (Michigan) capped the scoring with a double into right center to plate another pair before the inning was over.
Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) and Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce) each got an inning of mop-up work out of the bullpen for the Gatemen, combining for two innings of scoreless relief while allowing just one hit. Perlman concluded his afternoon having scattered seven hits while yielding three earned runs while striking out five and walking two over seven innings.
Wareham will look for the weekend sweep of the Braves on Monday night at Spillane Field to conclude the home-and-home series. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.