On a chilly July night at Guv Fuller Field, the Commodores prevailed over Chatham, in a 4-2 performance. In doing so, the team extended their winning streak to 5 games, the longest of the 2016 season.
The Commodores wasted no time getting on the board, earning their first run in the first inning. Deacon Liput (U of Florida) got his first hit in a Commodores uniform. The rising sophomore, from U of Florida, hit a deep fly ball to right field, bringing home the lead-off batter Michael Gigliotti (Lipscomb U) from first base. Gigliotti had reached first base on a walk.
The Commodores advanced their lead in the third inning. With no outs Matt McLaughlin (U of Kanas) was the first to get on base, finding the hole between third baseman John Aiello (Wake Forest U) and shortstop Orlando Garcia (Texas Tech). Michael Gigliotti followed laying down a bunt right back to Chatham’s pitcher, Caleb Gilbert(LSU), who overthrew the ball to first, allowing Gigliotti to reach second, and advancing McLaughlin to third. Despite an eventful half inning, the only run of the inning was scored on a passed ball which allowed McLaughlin to come in from third
The first batter in the bottom of the fourth, Tristan Gray (Rice U), advanced his hitting streak to eight games with a double that rattled up against the fence in center. The next batter, Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State), singled to right field putting runners on the corners. On a passed ball, off the glove of catcher Hagan Owenby (East Tenn State), Gray made it home safely from third. The second run of the inning was scored on an RBI single to right by Ryan Chandler (Rice U), driving in Johnson from third.
The Anglers got on the board, for the first time, in the seventh inning. Chatham scored two runs, which brought the score to 4-2. Jerry Vasquez (U of Florida) was the first Angler to cross home, reaching on a passed ball. Aiello got the only RBI of the night for Chatham, grounding out to second, but bringing home Chase Pinder (Clemson U), who reached base after being hit by a pitch from Turner Larkins (Texas A&M).
Starting pitcher Brady Singer (U of Florida) gave up only three hits in five scoreless innings and earned his first win, Seth Elledge (Dallas Baptist) picked up his second save of the season.
The Commodores look to continue their winning streak tomorrow against the Gatemen. First pitch in Wareham is at 5:30PM!