BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (4-4) defeated the New Jersey Blasters (4-4) 3-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday night to even up the Somerset Professional Baseball Series.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI groundout by Adam Tricarico.

Connor Justus had the big hit of the game, a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning that put Somerset up 3-0.

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The Blasters got their lone run in the top of the sixth inning on a Derek Romberg RBI double to right field that cut the lead to 3-1.

Billy Layne Jr. (1-0) picked up the win, as he allowed a run on a hit in 1.1 innings pitched. Alex Vargas (0-2) suffered the loss with three runs- two earned- on three hits in 3.2 innings pitched. James Pugliese earned his third save of the season after he recorded three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.

The Somerset Professional Baseball Series will continue on Friday, Aug. 4th with a 7:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the New Jersey Blasters at TD Bank Ballpark. For more information, please visit