Lions, Tigers and.... Baseball, Oh My!

by Dave B.

    On  a night when Falmouth's Jayhawks duo of Stephen Villines and Michael Tinsley may actually have felt they were back in Kansas, the Commodores beat host Wareham, 4-0.  

    Due to rain, lightning, and tornado warnings across all of southeast Massachusetts, the game didn't begin until 7:49, then the hardy few in attendance waited out a 1:01 rain delay, before someone figured out how to turn on the sprinklers at 11:04 and put everyone out of their misery.  (The league may want you to believe the sprinklers came on automatically, but you don't believe that, do you?  C'mon, these are smart college guys playing these games.  They can figure out how to turn on the sprinkler system!)

    As for the game....  Falmouth starter Alex Phillips (San Jacinto Coll.) earned the win by going 5 innings and giving up just 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 5.  Sean Gustin (Holy Cross) followed Phillips to the hill and walked one in his inning of work.  Andrew Frankenreider (Northern Illinois) came on in the 7th and allowed just a walk while striking out 2 in his 1.2 innings.

    After Wareham starter Zac Houston (Mississippi State) walked Heath Quinn (Samford) to start the second inning, Missouri's Shane Benes homered to give the Commodores all the scoring they would need.  Tristan Gray's (Rice) 4th inning sac fly scored Quinn and JB Woodman (Mississippi) scored on  a wild pitch in the 8th to round out the scoring.

    Frankenreider was on the mound with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th when the sprinklers came on and the 16 people who remained in the stands could finally go home.    

    NOTES:  Phillips now has a 0.67 ERA over 13.1 innings with 13 strikeouts and just 3 walks.  He is holding the opposition to a .159 batting average and has a .77 WHIP....  Frankenreider has appeared in 6 games and has given up just one hit while striking out 12 and issuing 3 walks over 9 innings.  He has not allowed a run and has a .040 OBA and .44 WHIP....  The Commodores are now 6-7 while the Gatemen drop to 6-8.