Playing Orleans for the second night in a row, the Commodores swept their home-and-home set with the Firebirds by out-slugging the home team in Orleans, 11-4.
The ’Dores bats came alive a night after squeaking out a 1-0 victory on their home field. In Orleans the bats were slugging shots everywhere as the team hit three homers and combined for a dozen knocks overall.
The bottom of the lineup helped the cause in a large way as the team’s 7-8-9 hitters combined to go 7-for-12 with eight runs batted in.
A night after driving in the only run of the game against the Firebirds, number-nine hitter Kodie Kolden (Washington State) had five to lead the way. He had an RBI-double in the second, a three-run home run in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
Jake Dukart (Oregon State), who batted seventh in the order, had two hits, scored two runs and produced an RBI. Brennan Milone (South Carolina) had three hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
After a scoreless first inning, the Commodores scored four times in the second to take the lead permanently. A walk to Anthony Hall (Oregon) and single to center by Michael Curialle (UCLA) came as Dukart singled up the middle to break the ice. That preceded the first hit of the day for Milone, who singled to left to drive one in and make it 2-0. Kolden followed with a two-bagger to make it 3-0, and then Milone came in on a wild pitch to cap the scoring in the first.
Orleans got three back in the bottom of the inning against starter Antoine Jean (Alabama). Jean lasted three innings and gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Reliever Levi Wells (Texas Tech) handled the next two, and was credited with the win. He surrendered an unearned run, did not give up a hit, struck out four and walked four.
The troika of Jackson Phipps (South Carolina), Mikey Tepper (Mississippi State) and KC Hunt (Mississippi State) combined to throw three consecutive shutout innings to finish the game off.
The ’Dores added single runs in the third and fourth innings to open up some breathing room on solo homers. In the third, Anthony Hall connected for his second round-tripper of the season to make it 5-3, and Brayden Taylor (Texas Christian) launched his second home run of the season in the fourth.
Orleans got one back in the fifth, but then the ’Dores put the game away with another three-run frame in the sixth and two more in the seventh inning. Kolden homered to score three in the sixth, and Milone and Kolden drove in runs in the seventh.
Commodores, 1, Orleans 0
After suffering seven-straight home losses to open the season, the Commodores finally were able to celebrate a win at Guv Fuller Field with a 1-0 win over Orleans on July 13. Two of the most productive offenses in the league combined for just six base hits and one run on a night where the pitching was fantastic all-around.
Falmouth, which wore its black road jerseys on its home field in attempt to change its run of bad luck, finally broke through with a run in the seventh as players strung together two of their three hits in the same inning and pushed across the winner thanks to an RBI-single by Kodie Kolden (Washington State) against reliever Orion Kerkering (South Florida), who had just entered the game. Kolden, the ‘Dores’ number-nine hitter singled to shallow left. With the ball getting fumbled a tad, Brendan Milone (South Carolina) hustled around from second base to make it 1-0. Milone had reached second with a one-out double earlier in the frame.
Tyler Tuthill (Appalachian State) gave the Commodores an excellent start from the bump. He lasted six strong innings, surrendering just a pair of hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Tuthill did not earn the win, as that honor went to reliever Mason Pelio (Boston College). Pelio had his best showing of the season as he tossed two shutout frames, giving up one hit and one walk to get his initial victory of the year. Lucas Gordon (Texas) earned his first save of the year by pitching a shutout ninth.