Story By John S. Condakes/CAA Asst. Web Editor,
Photo by Sean Walsh
WEDNESDAY, August 13, 2008
COTUIT — Not much to say about this one except, game one – Harwich. The Kettleers now find themselves down one game to none after getting shellacked by the Harwich Mariners 11-2 at Lowell Park. Seth Blair (Arizona State) was not his usual self as he allowed ten runs over six and a third innings of work to put Cotuit in a 10-0 hole. The Mariners pushed another run across in the sixth to make it 11-0. Designated hitter Robert Stock of USC provided the first and only runs of the contest with a two run homer to right field to cut the score to 11-2. The Kettleers struggled with their hitting most of the game as they loaded the bases in the fourth but couldn’t push a run across. The home team left eight men on base on the afternoon as they scattered only seven hits. The defense was also not particularly good for the first time in a while as the Kettleers committed three errors to aid the Harwich offense.
All of the Cotuit bench players saw action in the game as left fielder Jason Kipnis of Arizona State left late Tuesday night ending his tenure on the Cape. Second baseman Dallas Poulk (NC State) was removed from the game in the sixth inning after a collision covering first base but was not seriously injured and will be available on Thursday night. Cumberland’s Matt Holliman replaced Poulk and delivered his first hit since injuring his hamstring two weeks ago in Falmouth. George Washington’s Brendon Kelliher also saw some action replacing Indiana’s Evan Crawford in right field in the eighth inning. In an interesting move by Coach Mike Roberts, NC State pitcher Sam Brown entered the game in the eighth inning as the replacement for left fielder Jeff Schaus (Clemson). Schaus moved to first base and Brown assumed Kevin Patterson’s (Auburn) spot in the order but struck out.
The Kettleers will ship out to Harwich tomorrow for a must-win contest with the Mariners. Nick Hernandez of Tennessee will face Chris Manno of Duke. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Whitehouse Field.