A three run Somerset fifth inning proved to be too much to overcome as the Camden Riversharks fell to the Somerset Patriots, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
For the third time in two days the Sharks (17-19) jumped out to an early lead over the Pats (15-20). The scoring got started in the fourth when Steve Doetsch led off the inning with a triple to right center. Two outs later catcher Scott Knazek came up with a three-bagger of his own to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
Camden starter Mike McGuire (2-4) retired nine of the first ten he faced before Patriot first baseman Adam Donachie doubled to start the fifth inning. One out later Rex Rundgren singled home Donachie to tie the game at 1. The big blow came five batters later when Jeff Nettles ripped a two out, bases loaded double plating two more runs to the Pats a 3-1 lead.
The Sharks would get one back in the bottom of the eighth when a one out Eduardo Perez double scored Brian Burgamy from first to cut the deficit to one.
Camden would have a chance to tie it in the bottom of the ninth when Drew Macias led off with a pinch-hit single. A Chris Walker sacrifice would advance him to second and then third after a Lloyd Turner grounded out. With two away Marquez Smith hit a slow roller to third, but a great catch and tag from first baseman Adam Donachie saved Jeff Nettles from an error and preserved a 3-2 win for the Patriots.