Sean Nicol delivered an 11th inning walk-off single to send 3,257 Senators' fans home happy with a 5-4 victory over the Bowie Baysox at Metro Bank Park on Sunday afternoon. The Senators rallied from a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the ninth inning to tie the game before winning the game in the 11th. With the win the Senators improve to 3-1 on the season while Bowie drops to 1-3.
Each team scored a run in the first inning, and it stayed 1-1 for quite awhile. Senators starter Caleb Clay was rolling along until the sixth, when Bowie opened the inning with three straight hits and a run, chasing Clay from the game. The big hit was an RBI double by Zealous Wheeler. Two more inherited runs would score, and Bowie led 4-1.
The Senators didn't record a hit in six innings against knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa, who ended up taking a no-decision. In fact, Harrisburg didn't collect its first hit until the eighth when Ricky Hague came up with an infield single.
Harrisburg scored three times in the ninth to tie it at four. One run scored on an error, Jeff Howell drove in another with a groundout, and Jose Lozada had the biggest hit of all, as his RBI double tied the game.
It stayed 4-4 until the eleventh, when with two outs and runners on second and third, Nicol came through with a drive to the gap in left-center, scoring Hague from third base. Aaron Barrett picked up the win, pitching a scoreless eleventh. The Senators bullpen as a whole didn't give up a run in six innings of work.
The Senators open up a three game series Monday night against the New Britain Rock Cats at Metro Bank Park. Game time is 7:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on 1460am The Ticket, on the Internet through the Senators website, and it's available through iHeart Radio beginning with the pregame show at 6:45 p.m.