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SOMERSET STIFLES LONG ISLAND IN SERIES FINALE

Dan Lyons launches first homer of season

(Photo courtesy of Mike Ashmore)

(Bridgewater, N.J., April 24, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 6-1 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series at TD Bank Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Blake Tekotte's diving catch and Dan Lyons' solo homer

Somerset collected three two-out runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead against Ducks starter Jack Snodgrass. Matt Fields’ two-run home run to center field and Scott Kelly’s RBI single to center did the damage. The Ducks got a run back in the second on Dan Lyons’ solo homer to left off of Patriots starter Scott McGregor.

However, a sacrifice fly to left by Eric Farris in the bottom of the frame restored the lead to three at 4-1. The Patriots then added insurance runs in the fifth and eighth on a run-scoring fielder’s choice and a RBI single off the bat of Kelly.

McGregor (1-0) earned the win, tossing five innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits while striking out five. Snodgrass (0-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in four innings.

The Ducks continue their road trip on Monday evening when they visit the New Britain Bees for the very first time. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Fans can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander Mark Blackmar gets the start for the Ducks against Bees righty Kyle Simon.

Following a week-long road trip, Long Island will return home on Thursday, April 28 for the 2016 home opener against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Bud Harrelson Garden Gnomes, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are also encouraged to arrive early for a special pre-game ceremony recognizing two Ducks players along with traditional Opening Night pomp and circumstance. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 34 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Game Date: 04/24/2016
Long Island Ducks  1 AT Somerset Patriots  6

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       4  0  1  0  .500  Robinson, T CF      4  1  1  0  .278
Cleary Jr., D LF    4  0  0  0  .200  Farris, E 3B        4  0  0  1  .188
Ford, L DH          4  0  1  0  .231  Guzman, C RF        4  1  1  0  .267
Burroughs, S 1B     4  0  1  0  .250  Fields, M DH        4  1  1  2  .333
Tekotte, B CF       4  0  1  0  .294  Vidal, D 1B         1  1  1  0  .385
Lyons, D SS         4  1  1  1  .118   Kral, R 1B         3  0  1  0  .300
Puckett, C 3B       3  0  0  0  .133  Jones, M LF         2  1  1  0  .250
Blanke, M C         3  0  0  0  .200  Kelly, S SS         4  0  3  2  .333
Barber, B 2B        3  0  0  0  .100  Perez, D 2B         4  0  0  0  .000
                                      Gonzalez, Y C       4  1  2  0  .429
                   33  1  5  1                           34  6 11  5

L Island             0 1 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  5  1
Somerset             3 1 0   0 1 0   0 1 x -  6 11  1
2B--Lentini, F RF      (2), Ford, L DH         (1), Robinson, T CF     (2),
Vidal, D 1B        (1), Jones, M LF        (1). 3B--Gonzalez, Y C      (1).
HR--Lyons, D SS        (1), Fields, M DH       (1). RBI--Lyons, D SS       
(2), TOTALS             (0), Farris, E 3B       (5), Fields, M DH        2
(3), Kelly, S SS         2 (3), TOTALS              5 (0). SF--Farris, E 3B
      (1). SB--Kelly, S SS        (1), Perez, D 2B        (1). E--Blanke, M
C        (1), Perez, D 2B        (1). 
LOB--L Island 5, Somerset 8. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Snodgrass, J (L,0-1)            4.0   7   4   4   1   5   1    9.00
Vance, K                        2.0   2   1   1   1   2   0    7.72
DeJiulio Jr., F                 1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Lomangino, J                    1.0   2   1   0   1   1   0    0.00
                                8    11   6   5   3   9   1
 Somerset
McGregor, S (W,1-0)             5.0   4   1   1   0   5   1    1.80
Nieves, E                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Little, C                       2.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
Schlosser, G                    1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9     5   1   1   0   8   1
WP--Lomangino, J (2). SO--Lentini, F 2, Cleary Jr., D, Ford, L, Burroughs,
S, Lyons, D, Blanke, M, Barber, B, Robinson, T 3, Farris, E, Fields, M 2,
Kral, R, Perez, D, Gonzalez, Y. BB--Robinson, T, Jones, M 2. BF--Snodgrass,
J 20 (20), Vance, K 9 (12), DeJiulio Jr., F 3 (6), Lomangino, J 6 (13),
McGregor, S 19 (19), Nieves, E 4 (14), Little, C 6 (9), Schlosser, G 4
(11). P-S--Snodgrass, J 73-49, Vance, K 30-21, DeJiulio Jr., F 8-6,
Lomangino, J 24-15, McGregor, S 72-57, Nieves, E 13-9, Little, C 18-15,
Schlosser, G 15-11. 
T--2:37.  A--5584
LI, B1, PC mound visit;

Weather: 60's; clear; PERFECT!
Plate Umpire - Carl Villanueva, Field Umpire #1 - Tim McCaffrey, Field Umpire #3 - Ian Kelley