Oliver Pitches 8 Strong Innings, Roller HRs in Patriots Win

Patriots slugger Kyle Roller hit a 2-run HR in the first inning of Friday night's win against Lancaster. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots

LANCASTER, PA. – The Somerset Patriots (17-16, 59-44) utilized big innings early in the ballgame for the second-straight night to defeat the Lancaster Barnstormers (21-14, 59-45) 8-2 Friday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium. 

Kyle Roller (17) started the scoring in the top of the first inning when he crushed a two-run home run far beyond the right-center field fence. Lancaster responded in the bottom of the second on Garrett Weber’s RBI double. 

Somerset immediately extended their lead to five with a four-run third inning. Four extra-base hits in the inning, including a two-run double from Adam Donachie and RBI doubles from Roller and Carlos Guzman provided the Patriots with their third four-run inning of the series.

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The Patriots added two more runs in the eighth on a Mark Minicozzi RBI single and a Scott Kelly sacrifice fly. Garrett Weber (12) topped off the scoring in the bottom of the ninth on a solo home run to center field. 

Guzman finished the day 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

“I have just been trying to take good swings and hit strikes,” said Guzman after the game. “I’ve been working with [Patriots hitting coach] Glenn [Barker] to become more quiet at the plate. We are trying to lessen the movement in my legs and hands, and it has worked out.”

Will Oliver (5-3) earned the win, tossing eight one-run innings with eight strikeouts. Jarret Leverett (7-6) took the loss after he allowed six runs on seven hits over four innings. 

The Patriots and Barnstormers continue their series Saturday night in Lancaster. Right-hander Lucas Irvine (7-2, 3.60 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against southpaw Rommie Lewis (6-9, 5.29 ERA) for the Barnstormers. First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 pm.


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