Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (3-0, 38-28) defeated the Road Warriors (0-3, 17-49) 2-1 in 14 innings at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday evening.
With two-outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Mike Fransoso hit a walk off infield single to second base to win the game for the Patriots.
“I was just trying to end the game any way I could,” said Fransoso. “He surprised me there with three fastballs that I didn’t see coming so I got myself in an 0-2 hole. I just tried to put the ball in play and get on base and luckily he missed it there.”
The Road Warriors broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Alfredo Silverio.
The Patriots tied up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Kyle Roller.
Somerset pitchers combined to strike out 20 batters, setting a new franchise record. Starting pitcher David Kubiak struck out 10 over 7.2 innings, while six different relievers also struck out 10 batters over 6.1 innings of work.
Vince Molesky (3-1) picked up the win, allowing two hits and striking out three batters in two innings pitched. Raul Rivera-Alicea (2-8) suffered the loss, allowing a run on two hits in 2.2 innings pitched.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will return home after the All-Star Break on Friday, July 13th with a 7:05 pm game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show presented by Signify, home to Philips Lighting Brand. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.