(Waldorf, MD., June 11, 2015) – Coming into the night, Southern Maryland had scored 20 runs in two games, but they only need three tonight as they defeat the Camden Riversharks by the final of 3-2 to break a four-game losing streak.
Camden struck first with two runs in the top of the second. With runners at second and third, Brandon Chaves drove one out to right field towards the corner where Fred Lewis dropped the baseball to allow both Sorondo and Rockett to score to make it 2-0. In the bottom of the frame, the Blue Crabs tied it with two runs of their own. Gustavo led off the inning with a walk and was followed by a Jake Opitz double to put runners at second and third. After a Jovan Rosa fly out, Jamar Walton singled to center to score Molina. The next hitter, Fred Lewis, reached on an error by second baseman Paddy Matera, allowing Opitz to score and tie the game at 2-2.
Southern Maryland would score the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth. Jake Opitz started the rally with a single. After two consecutive groundouts advanced Opitz to third base, Craig Maddox ripped a single off the foot of pitcher Bill Murphy, allowing Opitz to score to make it 3-2.
RHP Jake Hale picked up his team-leading sixth win of the season by going seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, and striking out six. Cody Eppley pitched a clean inning of work out of the bullpen for the Blue Crabs, and Erik Hamren picked up his 10th save of the year. Camden, meanwhile, stranded the tying run in scoring position in three of the last five innings.
Game two of the four-game set is tomorrow at Regency Furniture Stadium. RHP Jon Leicester (1-0, 1.71) will throw for Southern Maryland, and RHP Wes Torrez (3-1, 3.92) will start for Camden. The first pitch is set for 7:05 P.M.