FALMOUTH, MA: – The Gatemen (9-15-1) started off a four game road trip Monday at Guv Fuller Field with an 8-7 victory in twelve innings over the Commodores (11-14).
LJ Mazzilli’s (Connecticut) solo home run with two outs in the top of the twelfth was the difference in this back and forth game.
The evening began with the Gatemen taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning off of Falmouth starter Scott Weismann (Clemson). After Jonathan Smith (Tennessee-Wesleyan) drew a one-out walk and stole second, Max Muncy (Baylor) singled to drive him in for the first run of the game. Muncy advanced to third on a Tyler Bream (Liberty) single, and scored on a passed ball.
The Commodores bounced back in the second with their best offensive inning of the night. Nick Martini (Kansas State) led things off with a single to left and Matt Skole (Georgia Tech) followed with a single to right which moved Martini to third. Andrew Susac (Oregon State) then singled in Martini to cut Wareham’s lead to 2-1. With two runners on, Barrett Barnes (Texas Tech) came to bat and hit a three-run home run to put Falmouth up 4-2.
The Commodores added another run two innings later off of Wareham starter Josh Urban (Texas). Barnes reached base on a fielding error by Bream at third and after Urban the next two batters, KC Cerna (Oregon) singled to drive him in.
Joseph Flynn (Franklin Pierce) came in relief for Urban in the sixth and gave up an RBI-double to Kyle Bluestein (Jacksonville State), making it a 6-2 Falmouth game.
Wareham responded by having itself a five-run offensive outburst against reliever Rob Chamra (NC State). The inning began with back-to-back-to-back singles for Mazzilli, Smith, and Zach Wilson (Arizona State), putting Muncy at the plate with the bases loaded. Muncy reached base on a fielding error from rightfielder Barrett Barnes, scoring Mazzilli and cutting the Gatemen deficit to 6-3. Tyler Bream drove in Smith on an RBI-single and pinch hitter Jake Davies (Georgia Tech) brought Wilson home on a groundout. With Falmouth’s lead cut to one, it replaced Chamra with Kaleb Merck (TCU).
Merck’s first batter, Josh Ludy (Baylor) hit a sacrifice fly to score Muncy and tie the game. Adam McClain (Memphis) followed by singling in Bream and giving Wareham a 7 to 6 lead.
Joseph Flynn and Keith Bilodeau (Maine) combined for a scoreless bottom of the seventh, but Bilodeau was not so lucky in the eighth. KC Cerna tripled down the left field line to score Chris O’Brien (Wichita State) and tie the game up at 7-7. With one out, Kyle Van Tugeln (TCU) flied out to left, and Cerna tagged up at third to score the go-ahead run. However, it was ruled that Cerna left the third base bag before the ball was caught by Wilson in left, so he was instead doubled up to end the inning and keep the game tied.
Falmouth’s Merck and Matt Summers (UC Irvine) (0-3) and Wareham’s Kenny Ferrer (Elon) (1-0) tossed scoreless innings for their respective clubs in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh.
Summers started the top of the twelfth strong with back-to-back strikeouts. LJ Mazilli then hit a shot over the left field fence for his first home run and RBI of the season, putting the Gatemen up 8-7.
Ferrer took the mound in the bottom of the twelfth for his fourth inning of work, looking to shut down the Commodores and get the win. Ferrer struck out two, but also walked the bases loaded for Van Tugeln. On the tenth pitch of the at bat, which included six foul balls out of play, Ferrer got Van Tugeln to foul out to Tyler Bream at third and preserve the 8-7 Gatemen victory.
Jonathan Smith reached base five times for Wareham, scoring twice to increase his league-leading run total to 21. LJ Mazzilli, Zach Wilson, and Tyler Bream each added two hits and an RBI.
Next up, Wareham looks to go 2-0 on its road trip when it takes on Chatham Tuesday in a make-up of the fogged out second game of the June 27 doubleheader.