WAREHAM, MA: – Harwich scored four runs in two separate innings, and its pitching kept Wareham at bay for most of the day as the Mariners cruised to a 12-4 win against the Gatemen at Spillane Field.
The Mariners (12-12) scored early and often, and all but one of its nine starters recorded at least one hit, as they sent the Gatemen (8-15-1) to their second straight loss in as many days. Wareham had gone unbeaten in five contests until dropping a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Brewster on Saturday.
Andrew Leenhouts (Northeastern) threw six effective innings, striking out three and walking two while allowing just seven hits. His only mistake was a two-run home run allowed against Tyler Bream (Liberty) in the bottom of the sixth inning, but otherwise was impressive in picking up his second win of the season.
The Mariners took advantage of a shaky start by Eric Pfisterer (Duke). The Saddle River, N.J., native lasted just 4.2 innings—his shortest outing of the year. Harwich scored six runs against on ten hits against the lefty, with the four-run fourth inning being the most lethal.
With Harwich leading 1-0 and a runner on second with two outs, Taylor Motter (Coastal Carolina) doubled down the left field line to make it 2-0 in favor of the Mariners. Clint Moore (West Point) then singled to right to score Motter, and before the inning ended Pratt Maynard (NC State) doubled into right center to score Moore and Levi Michael (UNC), who had walked, to make it 5-0.
Motter drove in another run in the top of the fifth to score Brian Goodwin (UNC), giving way to Erik Miller (TCU), who was making his first appearance of the season for Wareham. He entered the game with runners on the corner and two away, but Chris Walker (Fordham) gunned down a potential base stealer to end the inning.
After Bream’s blast in the bottom of the sixth made it 6-2, things unraveled for Miller as well. Harwich plated another four runs in the top of the seventh, with Craig Manuel (Rice) doubling home Wooten to start things off. Manuel then scored three batters later after a potential inning-ending double play was not turned in time off the bat of Moore. A wild pitch and a fielding error allowed another pair of runs to cross before the inning was over, putting the Mariners up 10-2.
Wareham rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth off of Kyle McKenzie (Tulane). Bream drove in his third run of the day on a groundout to first, scoring Max Muncy (Baylor), and John Andreoli (Connecticut) plated Walker on a groundout to pull the Gatemen to within six runs.
But Harwich answered with two unearned runs off of reliever Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) in the top of the ninth. A throwing error with two outs made it 12-4, and Wareham went down in order in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
Wareham will look to bounce back tomorrow when it takes on Falmouth at Arnie Allen Diamond to kick off a season-high four-game road trip. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.