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DUCKS HOLD OFF PATRIOTS

(Bridgewater, N.J., Apr. 27, 2012) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 6-4 on Friday night in the second game of a four-game set at TD Bank Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Brandon Sing drives in two with a third inning double

GAME AUDIO: Lew Ford connects for his first homer of the season

GAME AUDIO: Jon Meloan strikes out Freddy Sandoval to nail down the save


Long Island jumped out to a 4-0 lead with three runs in the third off Patriots starter Justin Cassel and one more in the fourth off reliever Derell McCall. Brandon Sing’s two-run double, a run-scoring single by Ryan Garko and a solo home run off the bat of Lew Ford did the damage.

After a run by the Pats in the fourth off Ducks starter Dan Meyer cut the lead to three, Long Island responded with single runs in the sixth and eighth to extend their lead to 6-1 on a sac fly and a RBI fielder’s choice from Dan Lyons. Jesse Hoorelbeke’s two-run homer in the eighth and a RBI single by Rex Rundgren in the ninth closed the gap to two, but it wasn’t enough for Somerset.

Meyer (1-0) picked up the win, tossing five innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out four. Cassel (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits in three innings of work. Jon Meloan earned his first save despite allowing a run in the ninth, as he struck out Freddie Bynum and Freddy Sandoval with the tying runs in scoring position to end the game.

Garko paced the Flock with two hits at the plate, while Sing and Lyons each drove in a pair of runs.

Long Island and Somerset take the field once again for the third game of their series on Saturday night. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Right-hander Joe Esposito takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots’ southpaw Roy Merritt. Fans can follow all the action live on the radio at MyCountry 96.1 FM, with Chris King calling the play-by-play. The game can also be heard online at www.liducks.com by clicking the Listen Live icon on the home page. Fans can keep track of the game pitch-by-pitch via Pointstreak’s GameLive application by visiting www.atlanticleague.com.

The Ducks return home on Friday, May 4 for Opening Night against the Camden Riversharks. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a “Whistle Guy” Bobblehead, courtesy of P.C. Richard & Son. Tickets for the game and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark Box Office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, or visiting www.liducks.com.

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GAME DATE: 04/27/2012
Long Island Ducks  6 AT Somerset Patriots  4

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG
K.Binick LF         5  0  1  0  .222  J.Tucker CF         4  0  1  0  .500
B.Nelson 3B         2  1  0  0  .286  F.Bynum 2B          4  0  0  0  .125
B.Sing 1B           5  1  1  2  .111  F.Sandoval 3B       4  0  0  0  .143
R.Garko DH          5  0  2  1  .222  J.Nettles DH        4  1  0  0  .000
R.Navarrete 2B      4  1  1  0  .667  J.Hoorelbeke 1B     3  2  1  2  .143
L.Ford CF           3  2  1  1  .429  A.Mathews LF        4  0  1  0  .250
R.Gorecki RF        1  0  0  0  .000  J.Drennen RF        2  1  0  0  .167
 J.McOwen RF        2  0  1  0  .500  L.Santangelo C      4  0  3  0  .750
J.Johnson C         3  0  0  0  .375   D.DeGeorge PR      0  0  0  0  .000
D.Lyons SS          3  1  1  2  .167  R.Rundgren SS       4  0  2  2  .286
                   33  6  8  6                           33  4  8  4

L Island             0 0 3   1 0 1   0 1 0 -  6  8  0
Somerset             0 0 0   1 0 0   0 2 1 -  4  8  1
2B--B.Sing (1), R.Navarrete (3), J.Tucker (2). HR--L.Ford (1), J.Hoorelbeke
(1). RBI--B.Sing  2 (3), R.Garko (1), L.Ford (2), D.Lyons  2 (2),
J.Hoorelbeke  2 (2), R.Rundgren  2 (2). HP--J.Drennen (1). SF--D.Lyons (1).
SH--J.Tucker (0). SB--K.Binick (1), D.Lyons (1). E--F.Sandoval (1). 
LOB--L Island 8, Somerset 8. DP--R. Navarrete(2B) - B. Nelson(3B) - B.
Sing(1B), D. McCall(P) - J. Hoorelbeke(1B) - F. Sandoval(3B), F. Bynum(2B)
- J. Hoorelbeke(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
D.Meyer (W,1-0)                 5.0   4   1   1   3   4   0    1.80
J.Monti                         2.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
E.Niesen                        0.2   1   2   2   1   0   1   26.99
J.Hill                          0.1   0   0   0   0   1   0    6.75
J.Meloan (S,1)                  1.0   2   1   1   0   2   0    4.50
                                9     8   4   4   4   7   1
 Somerset
J.Cassel (L,0-1)                3.0   4   3   3   1   3   0    9.00
D.McCall                        3.0   4   2   2   3   1   1    6.00
D.Arguello                      2.0   0   1   0   2   2   0    0.00
C.Wright                        1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    0.00
                                9     8   6   5   7   7   1
WP--D.Meyer (1). HB--J.Meloan (1). SO--K.Binick, B.Sing 2, R.Navarrete,
L.Ford, R.Gorecki, J.Johnson, F.Bynum 2, F.Sandoval 3, J.Nettles,
A.Mathews. BB--B.Nelson 3, R.Navarrete, L.Ford, R.Gorecki, J.Johnson,
F.Bynum, F.Sandoval, J.Hoorelbeke, J.Drennen. BF--D.Meyer 22 (22), J.Monti
6 (6), E.Niesen 4 (4), J.Hill (6), J.Meloan 6 (9), J.Cassel 14 (14),
D.McCall 14 (14), D.Arguello 9 (9), C.Wright 4 (4). P-S--D.Meyer 85-55,
J.Monti 18-10, E.Niesen 11-4, J.Hill 3-3, J.Meloan 15-12, J.Cassel 77-43,
D.McCall 58-31, D.Arguello 33-18, C.Wright 18-9. 
T--2:59.  A--4823

Weather: Clear, cool
Umpires: Plate Ump - James Pattison, Field Ump #1 - Ronnie Whiting, Field Ump #3 - Eric Diaz