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STRUCK’S MASTERPIECE LIFTS DUCKS IN GAME THREE

Ducks total seven runs and 12 hits in victory

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Friday night in Game Three of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. Somerset now leads the best-of-five series two games to one.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the Game Three victory

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Nick Struck and Lew Ford talk about the win

The Ducks struck first in the top of the third inning on Fehlandt Lentini’s two-out RBI single to right field off Patriots starter Alexis Candelario. One inning later, a two-out RBI single by Ruben Gotay doubled the lead to 2-0.

Long Island extended their advantage to four in the sixth when Lew Ford cracked a two-run homer to right-center field. Bryan LaHair put the Patriots on the scoreboard in the seventh off Ducks starter Nick Struck. However, another RBI single by Lentini in the bottom of the frame pushed the Ducks lead back to four at 5-1.

Two more runs came across in the eighth to round out the scoring for the Flock. Cody Puckett scored from first on a groundout and two throwing errors, and Tyler Colvin followed with a solo home run to right.

Struck (1-0) earned the win with seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out three. Candelario (0-1) took the loss, yielding four runs on nine hits in six innings with seven strikeouts. Amalio Diaz and Todd Coffey each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the win.

Lentini and Ford each had two hits and two RBI to lead the Flock. Gotay, Puckett and Anthony Vega each added two hits as well.

The Ducks and Patriots continue the Liberty Division Championship Series with Game Four on Saturday night. 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 Playoff Rally Towels, courtesy of News 12 Long Island. Left-hander Jarret Leverett toes the rubber for the Ducks against Patriots righty Shaun Garceau.

Tickets to the game and all Ducks home postseason 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 the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online 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)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 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: 09/23/2016
Somerset Patriots  1 AT Long Island Ducks  7

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Zarrillo, V CF      4  0  1  0  .231  Lentini, F RF       4  0  2  2  .462
Eggleston, A LF     2  0  0  0  .250  Lyons, D SS         4  1  1  0  .167
Farris, E 2B        4  0  0  0  .214  Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  0  0  .000
LaHair, B DH        4  1  1  1  .231  Ford, L DH          4  2  2  2  .250
Roller, K 1B        4  0  0  0  .100  Puckett, C 3B       4  1  2  0  .333
Mazzola, J 3B       3  0  0  0  .000  Gotay, R 2B         4  0  2  1  .364
Guzman, C RF        3  0  1  0  .364  Colvin, T 1B        4  1  1  1  .182
Gonzalez, Y C       3  0  0  0  .200  Dowd, M C           3  1  0  0  .200
Kelly, S SS         3  0  2  0  .545  Vega, A LF          2  1  2  0  .429
                   30  1  5  1                           33  7 12  6

Somerset             0 0 0   0 0 0   1 0 0 -  1  5  2
L Island             0 0 1   1 0 2   1 2 x -  7 12  1
2B--Kelly, S SS (2), Vega, A LF (1). HR--LaHair, B DH (1), Ford, L DH (1),
Colvin, T 1B (1). RBI--LaHair, B DH (3), TOTALS (0), Lentini, F RF  2 (2),
Ford, L DH  2 (2), Gotay, R 2B (1), Colvin, T 1B (1), TOTALS  6 (0).
SH--Vega, A LF (0). CS--Lentini, F RF 2 (2). E--Eggleston, A LF (1),
Roller, K 1B (1), Lentini, F RF (1). 
LOB--Somerset 4, L Island 4. DP--R. Gotay(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - T.
Colvin(1B), R. Gotay(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - T. Colvin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
Candelario, A (L,0-1)           6.0   9   4   4   0   7   1    6.00
Boone, R                        2.0   3   3   3   1   2   1   13.50
                                8    12   7   7   1   9   2
 L Island
Struck, N (W,1-0)               7.0   4   1   1   2   3   1    1.29
Diaz, A                         1.0   1   0   0   0   3   0    0.00
Coffey, T                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
                                9     5   1   1   2   7   1
SO--Eggleston, A 2, Farris, E, Roller, K 2, Gonzalez, Y, Kelly, S, Lentini,
F, Lyons, D 2, Cleary Jr., D 3, Ford, L, Puckett, C, Dowd, M.
BB--Eggleston, A 2, Dowd, M. BF--Candelario, A 25 (25), Boone, R 10 (10),
Struck, N 25 (25), Diaz, A 4 (9), Coffey, T 3 (3). P-S--Candelario, A
108-73, Boone, R 43-28, Struck, N 95-63, Diaz, A 17-12, Coffey, T 16-10. 
T--2:30.  A--5051

Plate Umpire - Richard Katz, Field Umpire #1 - Don Gollar, Field Umpire #2 - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #3 - John Grasso