WAREHAM, MA: – Boosted by a six-run fifth inning and a solid start by Eric Pfisterer (Duke), the Wareham Gatemen won for the fourth straight time on Friday night over Falmouth at Spillane Field.
Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, the Gatemen (12-15-1) pounded five hits and batted around against the Commodores (12-16) to take the lead, and held on late to assure themselves the 8-6 victory, moving them into sole possession of third place in the Western Division.
Pfisterer rebounded from a couple of tough starts with an impressive outing, improving his record to 2-2 on the year. The Saddle Brook, N.J., native tossed six innings while allowing two runs on two hits, striking out six and walking three.
Mark Pope (Georgia Tech) took the loss for the Commodores, lasting just 4.1 innings while yielding seven runs on seven hits, striking out six and walking one. Pope looked solid early on, but could not get out of the fifth inning.
Tyler Bream (Liberty) led off the inning with a base hit into left, and he was quickly driven home off the bat of Jake Davies (Georgia Tech), who was making his second start of the season as Wareham’s designated hitter and doubled into left center to tie the game. It was the first hit of the season for Davies, who also is a left-handed reliever for the Gatemen, and it tied the game at 2-2.
With the bases loaded, Adam McClain (Memphis) pulled a slow grounder over to the left side of the infield, but was able to beat out the throw to reach on an infield single, plating Davies and giving Wareham the lead. One batter later, Tony Caldwell (Auburn) struck out swinging, but the pitch got away from the catcher, allowing Nico Rosthenhaulser (Oklahoma State) to score.
Ahead 4-2, Jonathan Smith (Tenn.-Wessleyan) grounded out to first, but the throw went to home plate as Derek Dennis (Michigan) tried to score from third. Instead of getting the lead runner, though, a throwing error allowed both Dennis and McClain who was at second base to score, putting the Gatemen on top by four runs. Zach Wilson (Arizona State) blooped an opposite field double in the next at-bat, driving in Smith and putting Wareham ahead 7-2.
Wareham tacked on one more in the sixth after Davies came around to score for the second time of the day after reaching on a leadoff walk. Rosthenhausler ripped a base hit up the middle, allowing Davies, who had been running aggressively, to read third. Dennis then grounded out to second, scoring Davies and capping the Gatemen’s night offensively.
Falmouth got on the board in the top of the second inning after a throwing error allowed scored Andrew Susac (Oregon State). Pfisterer threw a 1-1 pitch that hit Susac in the leg to lead off the inning, and after a sacrifice moved him to third, he was able to score during Chris Obrien’s (Wichita State) at-bat.
Rosthenhausler drove in Wareham’s first run in the bottom half of the second on a chopper through the right side of the infield, scoring Max Muncy (Baylor).
BA Vollmuth led off the top of the fifth inning with his first home run of the season to deep left center field, ringing off the aluminum bleachers and making it 2-1 Falmouth. But the Gatemen responded in a big way during the bottom half of the inning.
The Commodores made things interesting late in the contest after tacking on three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to pull within two at 8-6, but Ken Ferrer (Elon) notched his second save of the season, inducing two straight fly outs and striking out Susac looking to end the game after allowing back-to-back walks to start the ninth.
Wareham will look to continue its Western Division climb tomorrow afternoon at Doran Park. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m.