The Somerset Patriots (17-7) clobbered the Bridgeport Bluefish (13-11) 11-0 Wednesday afternoon from TD Bank Ballpark in game one of a day-night doubleheader.
In the bottom of the first inning Somerset erupted for eight runs on seven hits as 12 men came to the plate. Center fielder Jonny Tucker laced a RBI double and would score on a throwing error by center fielder Nick Van Stratten. Catcher James Skelton and left fielder Aharon Eggleston each tallied two RBI singles. Shortstop Scott Kelly legged out a RBI infield single while third baseman David Vidal socked a RBI double.
Somerset plated a pair of runs to make the score 10-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Second baseman Greg Hopkins roped a RBI double while right fielder Nate Spears hit a RBI sacrifice fly.
The Patriots added another run in the home half of the fourth inning when Hopkins bounced into a double play that allowed designated hitter Mat Gamel to score increasing the lead to 11-0.
Paul Smyth earned the win (1-0) pitching two scoreless innings of relief. Shairon Martis suffered the loss (0-1) as he lasted two thirds of an inning while giving up eight runs on seven hits.