Firebirds Fall in Falmouth

By Greg Joyce

The Orleans Firebirds ran into a red-hot Falmouth Commodores team on Sunday evening at Guv Fuller Field, and the men in red were unable to come away with a victory. Matched up against four tough pitchers, the Firebirds left six men on base through the first three innings, but just one over the last six, leading to a 4-1 defeat.

“I thought we were a little bit flat tonight, and that happens occasionally in a stretch of 44 games for whatever reason,” field manager Kelly Nicholson said after the game.

Ryan Carpenter (Gonzaga) took the hill for Orleans to start the game, and he let up three runs over four innings pitched. The lefty allowed a run in the first inning that scored on a ground out to shortstop.

Carpenter settled down in the next two innings, as just one runner reached base before getting picked off by Carpenter.

In the top of the third inning, the Firebirds managed to tie the game at one. Shon Roe (Loyola Marymount) led off with a single and advanced to second on a bad throw by the shortstop. Jayce Boyd (Florida State) then reached on an error by the third baseman. Steve Selsky (Arizona) came up next and grounded into a fielder’s choice, which scored Roe from third.

Rudy Flores (Florida International) followed with a single, but Andrew Aizenstadt (Babson) retired the next two batters to get out of the inning. Selsky and Flores were left on base, meaning that the Firebirds had left two men on in each of the first three innings but had just one run to show for it.

“Yeah, we had some opportunities early and we didn’t get a run across,” Nicholson said. “You can’t squander those opportunities. In the Cape, those runs come few and far between sometimes.”

The Commodores regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two more off Carpenter to finish his day after four innings. His final line was six hits, three runs, two strikeouts and two walks.

“I don’t think Carp was very sharp early,” Nicholson said. “I think that kind of set the tone a little bit for the rest of the game.

The Firebirds recorded just one hit over the last six innings of play, and it didn’t come until there were two outs in the ninth inning.

“I thought Falmouth pitched really well,” Nicholson said. “You have to give them credit. Their guys did a good job, all the guys that pitched for Falmouth threw the ball really well tonight.

Aizenstadt recorded the win pitching five innings, while Tyler Duffey (Rice), Josh Easley (NC State), and John Simms (Rice) combined to shut down Orleans for the rest of the game.

Carpenter was hit with the loss, his first of the year. He was relieved by Pat Butler (UConn), who pitched two scoreless innings. After Butler, Tyler Johnson (Stony Brook) pitched the seventh inning and allowed one run, followed by John Brebbia (Elon) recording a scoreless eighth inning.

“I thought Pat Butler threw the ball well tonight, I thought Tyler did a nice job tonight, I though Brebbia threw the ball well tonight,” Nicholson said.

Of the Firebirds’ five hits on the night, Mike Marjama (Long Beach State) had two of them, while Roe, Boyd, and Flores each had one.

Steve Nyisztor (Rutgers) had some tough luck on the night at the plate. Although he went 0-for-4, he hit two deep drives that were caught all the way on the warning track by the Commodores.

The Firebirds look to get back in a groove tonight when they host the Bourne Braves at 7:00 pm at Eldredge Park.

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