WAREHAM, MA: The Gatemen fell behind early and could never respond in a 7-3 loss to Orleans Saturday night. The loss was the second straight forWareham as the Gatemen fell back to .500 at 4-4.
Gatemen starter Josh Turley (Baylor) ran into trouble in the second. After giving up two singles and a walk to start the inning, Turley allowed a bases clearing double by Jake Hernandez (USC) which made the score 3-0.
The Firebirds struck again in the top of the third. Maxx Tissenbaum (Stony Brook) led off with a double and came around to score on a squeeze bunt by Steve Nyisztor (Rutgers).
Brent Suter (Harvard) relieved Turley to start the 4th. He pitched a three up three down frame there, but ran into trouble in the 5th. Steve Selsky (Arizona) blasted a 2 strike pitch off the left field bleachers for his first home run of the season. Orleans took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the frame.
The Gatemen finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th. Derrick Dennis (Michigan) reached on an error, eventually scoring on a single by LJ Mazzilli (UConn).
Orleans came right back in the top of the 6th. Rudy Flores (Florida International) reached first to start the inning, and then Hernandez followed with his second double of the game. Terran Sennay (NC State) brought Flores home with a sac fly to left, and then Shon Roe (Loyola Marymount) knocked a bouncer up the middle to drive home Hernandez and give the Firebirds a 7-1 lead.
The Gatemen threatened again in the 6th. Dennis brought home Max Muncy (Baylor) with a single through the hole on the right side to make it 7-2, but a one out double play with the bases loaded ended the ended the Wareham threat.
The teams traded scoreless innings until the bottom of the 8th. Dennis drove in his second run of the game with a groundout to short that scored Rob Refsnyder (Arizona). That’d be as close as Wareham would get though as the Gatemen couldn’t push any runs across the board in the 9th.
Wareham is back in action Sunday with a double header at Y-D.