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HOMERS HURT DUCKS IN SERIES FINALE

Four longballs lift Somerset over Long Island

(Central Islip, N.Y., May 12, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 8-1 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Matt Wessinger's RBI double in the third inning


POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez and Matt Wessinger talk about the game and upcoming series


Somerset took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run to right field by Bryan LaHair off of Ducks starter Mark Blackmar. A two-out RBI single by Eric Farris in the third extended the lead to two.

Long Island closed to within one in the bottom of the third on a RBI double to right-center by Matt Wessinger off of Patriots starter Scott McGregor. However, a two-run homer to left-center in the fourth pushed the Patriots advantage to 4-1. Vidal’s second two-run home run of the night in the sixth and LaHair’s second solo homer in the eighth put the game out of reach.

McGregor (2-1) earned the win with a complete game effort, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out three. Blackmar (2-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks with one strikeout in four and two-thirds innings.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Friday night when they open a four-game series 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 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Three-Time Atlantic League Champions Mini Banners. In addition, the Ducks will be running their Friday Night Pizza Hut K-Man promotion, and it will also be a Fowl Pole Friday and OK Petroleum Friday.

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. Those unable to make the game can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will also be available online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by 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)

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

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Game Date: 05/12/2016
Somerset Patriots  8 AT Long Island Ducks  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Kelly, S SS         5  0  0  0  .301  Lentini, F RF       3  0  1  0  .282
Eggleston, A LF     3  1  1  1  .275  Lyons, D SS         4  0  0  0  .203
Farris, E 2B        4  0  1  1  .303  Ford, L DH          4  0  0  0  .268
LaHair, B 1B        4  2  2  2  .221  Burroughs, S 1B     3  0  0  0  .294
Guzman, C RF        2  2  0  0  .203  Puckett, C 2B       3  0  0  0  .231
Vidal, D 3B         4  2  2  4  .333  Tekotte, B CF       3  0  0  0  .210
Kral, R DH          2  0  1  0  .319  Dowd, M C           3  0  0  0  .276
Gonzalez, Y C       3  0  0  0  .281  Vega, A LF          3  1  1  0  .250
Zarrillo, V CF      4  1  1  0  .313  Wessinger, M 3B     3  0  1  1  .174
                   31  8  8  8                           29  1  3  1

Somerset             0 1 1   2 0 2   0 1 1 -  8  8  0
L Island             0 0 1   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  3  0
2B--Wessinger, M 3B    (1). 3B--Zarrillo, V CF     (1). HR--LaHair, B 1B   
   2 (3), Vidal, D 3B        2 (3). RBI--Eggleston, A LF    (8), Farris, E
2B       (13), LaHair, B 1B        2 (10), Vidal, D 3B         4 (6),
TOTALS              8 (0), Wessinger, M 3B    (2), TOTALS             (0).
SH--Lentini, F RF      (0). SB--Kral, R DH         (2). CS--Farris, E 2B   
   (1). 
LOB--Somerset 4, L Island 2. DP--C. Puckett(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - S.
Burroughs(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
McGregor, S (W,2-1)             9.0   3   1   1   0   3   0    2.03
                                9     3   1   1   0   3   0
 L Island
Blackmar, M (L,2-1)             4.2   4   4   4   4   1   2    1.99
Casey, J                        1.1   1   2   2   2   1   1    4.76
DeJiulio Jr., F                 0.2   0   0   0   1   0   0    0.00
Vance, K                        1.1   1   1   1   0   1   1    6.75
Lomangino, J                    1.0   2   1   1   1   0   0    4.26
                                9     8   8   8   8   3   4
WP--Blackmar, M 2 (2). SO--Kelly, S, Kral, R, Gonzalez, Y, Lentini, F,
Tekotte, B, Wessinger, M. BB--Eggleston, A 2, Farris, E, Guzman, C 2, Kral,
R 2, Gonzalez, Y. BF--McGregor, S 30 (100), Blackmar, M 21 (86), Casey, J 6
(23), DeJiulio Jr., F 3 (18), Vance, K 4 (37), Lomangino, J 5 (31).
P-S--McGregor, S 92-66, Blackmar, M 91-48, Casey, J 23-10, DeJiulio Jr., F
11-5, Vance, K 18-9, Lomangino, J 17-8. 
T--2:25.  A--4749

Plate Umpire - Kris Engstrand, Field Umpire #1 - Christopher Carroll, Field Umpire #2 - Silvio Martinez