Trailing 3-2 in the 7th inning, Brett Jackson’s (Cal-Berkley) sacrafice fly to left tied the score at 3 after a Robby Broach (Tulane) wild pitch allowed Jeff Schaus (Clemson) to advance to third base for Cotuit. The Kettleers would add 2 more in the 8th inning, the goe ahead run on an rbi single by Schaus as Western Division rival Cotuit defeated the Gatemen 5-3 at Lowell Park.
Starting pitcher Robby Broach pitched well for the Gatemen and earned a no-decision; going 6.2 innings, striking out 5 and allowing only 1 earned run. Josh Slaats (Hawaii), who relieve Broach in the 7th inning gave up 2 runs in an innng of work and took the loss. Wareham trailed 2-0 after 4 innings before scoring 3 in the 5th. Connor Rowe (Texas) doubled to knock in Kipp Shutz (Indiana) and SS Shea Vucinich (Washington State) scored on a wild pitch. The third run put the Gatemen ahead 3-2 when a Brett Eibner (Arkansas) singled brought Rowe to the plate. That would prove to be the final run for the Gatemen before allowing Cotuit to score 3 runs in the come from behind victory.
Danny Meszaros (College of Charleston), who may end up as the Kettleer closer, pitched 2 innings of relief to close out the game and pick up the win for Cotuit. Steve Liddle (Vanderbilt) and Shutz had 2 hits apiece for Wareham.
The Gatemen are back on the field today when they travel just over the bridge to take on the Bourne Braves. This will be first ever game that Wareham will play under the lights in Bourne as the Braves organization installed a new lighting system just prior to the season. Brandon Workman (Texas) is expected to get his first start on the Cape. He will face fellow Big 12 pitcher Tyler Blandford from Oklahoma State.
Wareham is tied for third place in the Western Division with Falmouth and Bourne. Cotuit’s 3-0 start leaves them at the top of the division.