The Somerset Patriots defeated the Camden Riversharks 8-5 in front of 6,139 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.
Somerset scored in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run by Jeff Nettles (4) over the left field wall that gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead.
Camden answered right back the following inning on a two run triple to center field by Drew Macias to even the score at two.
The Patriots rallied to bring home four runs in the bottom half of the third on RBI doubles by Freddie Bynum and Freddy Sandoval. Jesse Hoorelbeke (6) then followed with a two-run home run to make the score 6-2.
The Riversharks chipped away at the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring two runs on a sacrifice fly by Marquez Smith and an RBI single by Brian Burgamy to cut the lead to 6-4.
Somerset added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning after Yusuf Carter walked and scored on an RBI single by Bynum to make the score 7-4.
Hoorelbeke (7) drove the ball over the center field wall for his second home run of the game in the bottom half of the fifth to increase the lead for the Patriots to 8-4.
A wild pitch in the top of the ninth inning allowed Camden to plate a runner for the 8-5 final.
Patriots reliever Derell McCall (2-1) got the win after pitching 4.1 scoreless innings and striking out two. Riversharks starter Bryan Corey (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on ten hits in five innings of work. Josh Rupe picked up his fifth save of the season after coming in to retire the final batter of the game.
The 2012 Somerset Patriots Season will continue on Sunday afternoon when the Patriots take on the Riversharks. The game includes $1 hot dogs and Jimmy Buffett Day. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.