WAREHAM, MA: : Starting pitcher Dan Tobik (Tennessee-Martin) struck out 8 batters over 5 innings to earn the win for the Gatemen last night in their 3-1 victory over the Falmouth Commodores.
On a chilly night where temperatures barely rose above sixty degrees at Spillane Field in Wareham, Tobik began the strong pitching performance for Wareham and was followed by the sturdy bullpen combination of Greg Welsh (Penn State), Joe Filomeno (Louisville), and Jonathan Holder (Mississippi State).
To start off the game, Tobik struck out the first three batters he faced in the top of the first inning.
Supporting Tobik’s performance on the hill, the Gatemen bats came out on fire early as well. Cole Sturgeon (Louisville) led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a single for Wareham, followed by another base hit from Ty McFarland (James Madison) in the two-hole. Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), who was the starting catcher for the Gatemen last night, followed McFarland with an RBI double that one-hopped off the fence in deep right field to plate Sturgeon.
Daniel Palka (Georgia Tech) then grounded out to the first basemen, but got an RBI as McFarland came around to score. And then the bats still weren’t done for the Gatemen in the first. Tyler Horan (Virginia Tech) got an RBI groundout as well to score Schwarber, and in the blink of an eye the Gatemen were up 3-0 on Falmouth starting pitcher Benjamin Ballantine (Michigan).
Wareham did not manage to score another run after that first inning explosion, as Ballantine pitched a complete game allowing just 6 hits and those 3 runs.
Tobik allowed his only run in the top of the 3rd inning as Falmouth leadoff man Jared King (Kansas State) singled home Alex Maldonado (Holy Cross) after Maldonado doubled and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Palka in right field.
Greg Welsh entered in the 6th inning for Wareham and struck out two Falmouth batters. Filomeno pitched a scoreless 7th, then Holder got the call in the 8th and 9th to record the six-out save for Manager Cooper Farris.
Schwarber ended the night 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for the Gatemen, while Sturgeon was 2-for-4 with 2 hits to improve his season average to .455.
The Gatemen have now won two in row and are back in action tonight against the 2-1 Cotuit Kettleers on the road at Lowell Park. Fred Shepard (Amherst College) will get the start for Wareham as it looks for a third straight victory.