By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
DENNIS, M.A. - After trailing 2-0, the Whitecaps offense came alive to beat the Red Sox 5-2.
If it wasn't for Dylan Simmons (Florida State), it possibly could have been a game all night long. Simmons came in relief and went four innings, allowed two hits, no runs, and recorded four strikeouts. He shut down the Red Sox in every way to help capture the Whitecaps their second straight victory.
“Being able to come out here against the best players in the country for four innings and not allow a run is a special feeling,” Simmons said.
Jumping to the fourth inning, the Red Sox took the 2-0 advantage behind a home run and, bunt that scored a man from third.
The offense of the Whitecaps started to come alive in the sixth. With a man on Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) hit a blast over the fence to tie the game at two.
The Whitecaps then took the lead in the seventh off a Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist) home run.
Fast-forwarding an inning Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) tripled to bring home a run and give the Whitecaps the 4-2 lead.
In the ninth Will Simpson (Washington) added the exclamation point by hitting a zero doubt home run over the fence. Simpson has overcome his recent struggles and is starting to get hot just at the right time.
“I'm just trying to trust my abilities and the stuff that got me here,” Simpson said. “With that home run I was just looking for a pitch to drive up the middle and it ended up going over the fence.”
Hunter Patteson (UCF) started the game for the Whitecaps. Patteson went five innings, allowed four hits, two runs, and struck out three.
Simmons was the real star on the day coming out of the bullpen. “It makes me feel good that I have that much control over my pitches, but this was a team win,” Simmons said.
The Whitecaps still sit in first place with ten games left in a heated playoff race in the East division.
The Whitecaps now (17-8-2) will be home tonight against Y-D at 5 p.m.