BaseballMerritt Pitches Complete Game Shutout To Advance Patriots To Atlantic League Championship Series by Somerset Patriots September 27, 2015 Bridgewater, NJ- A day after Will Oliver tossed a complete-game shutout win to force a deciding Game 5, Somerset Patriots starter Roy Merritt (2-0) followed suit on Sunday with a second-straight complete game shutout of the Long Island Ducks to win the Liberty Division Championship. With the 4-0 win, the Somerset Patriots will take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Atlantic League Championship Series. “Roy’s a big-game pitcher. Has been for a couple years for us. So come playoff time, we knew we wanted him for this. He picked up two wins for us in this series. The effort speaks for itself out there,” Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie said. Pitching on just three days rest, Merritt scattered just four hits and struck out three in nine innings of work to catapult Somerset to the series win. “I pounded the strike zone and threw strikes. I locked in with [catcher Adam Donachie]. Whatever Donnie put down, I went with. I’ve been with him for four years and I trust him,” Merritt said. The Patriots damage was done on a pair of runs in each the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Matt Fields singled and later scored on an RBI base hit by Nate Spears. After Robert Andino drew a walk to load the bases, Long Island starter John Brownell hit Aharon Eggleston with a pitch to plate Greg Hopkins. Somerset scored on RBI singles by Ollie Linton and Adam Donachie the next inning to provide the 4-0 final. Brownell (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings pitched. The Somerset Patriots will take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Atlantic League Championship Series beginning at home for Game 1 on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:05 pm. It will be Somerset’s record 10th appearance in the Atlantic League Championship, having won five previous league titles (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009). The 2015 Atlantic League Championship Series will begin at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:05 pm. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com. Post Views: 1,329The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest PostsSomerset PatriotsLatest posts by Somerset Patriots (see all) Somerset Patriots Announce Added Programming On Radio Partner 1450 WCTC-AM - May 7, 2020 Somerset Patriots Bring Back All-Star RHP David Kubiak - April 7, 2020 Somerset Patriots Land Eight-Year Major Leaguer Vance Worley - March 27, 2020 Somerset Patriots Acquire Major League LHP Pat Dean - March 10, 2020 Related Topics2015 SeasonAdam DonachieAharon EgglestonAtlantic League PlayoffsBrett JodieGame RecapLiberty Division ChampionsLiberty Division SeriesOllie LintonRobert AndinoRoy MerrittSomerset PatriotsTD Bank Ballpark Click to comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Newsletter SubscriptionCan't Miss Posts! MetLife Stadium to host Army-Navy Game in 2021 by Kelly Lynn | posted on August 23, 2017 Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 The Most Catastrophic Boat Trip Since the Titanic; the New York Giants by John Venezia | posted on October 4, 2020 Women in Sports: Ariel Epstein, On-Air Host at SportsGrid (VIDEO) by Anthony Paradiso | posted on March 12, 2021 Exclusive Interview: SNY Personality, Maria Marino, Shares Career Journey (VIDEO) by Sunil Sunder Raj | posted on January 28, 2021More in Baseball You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video)On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video)On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 108: WFAN’s Sweeny Murti (Audio/Video)On the 108th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 107: New York Post’s Columnist Mike Vaccaro (Audio/Video)On the 107th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... Harvey Silences Critics, Pitches Mets to Postseason for First time Since 2006 Sandy Alderson: Executive of the Year for Major League Baseball, or Just Lucky?