Pomona, NY – Up 5-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, the Ottawa Titans (27-15) allowed five unanswered runs to drop the third game of the series 6-5 to the New York Boulders.
Jackie Urbaez stayed hot, belting a lead-off homer off right-hander Josh Loeschorn (ND, 0-1) to give the Titans an early 1-0 lead.
Kenny Williams (ND, 0-0) got the nod on Saturday, making his first appearance since June 4 at Sussex County, and worked a 1-2-3 first. In the second, Chris Kwitzer lined a double to right, scoring Gian Martellini to tie the game.
Urbaez belted his second homer of the night to give the Titans a 3-1 lead in the third. The homer from Urbaez marked his sixth big fly in the last six games.
Jake Sanford blasted a Loeschorn offering over the wall in right, to make it a 5-1 advantage in the fifth. Sanford’s thirteenth homer contributed to the Dartmouth native’s lead-leading 49 RBI.
Williams came on for the bottom of the fifth, with the Boulders beginning the rally, scoring one. With two on and one out, the Titans brought in righty Zack LeBlanc (ND, 0-0) to face Giovanni Garbella.
The Boulders right-fielder belted a LeBlanc offering and tied the game with a three-run blast.
In the seventh, David Vinsky doubled to lead off the frame and advanced to third on a passed ball. With the infield in, Grant Larson (loss, 3-1) rolled a ground ball off the bat of Austin Dennis that went off Larson’s mitt, scoring the eventual winning run.
Right-hander July Sosa (win, 1-0) tossed four shutout innings in his first professional appearance to keep the come-from-behind lead intact.
The Titans placed the potential tying runs on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Sosa managed to get out of the frames scoreless to secure the win.
The Ottawa Titans are back in action tomorrow for the finale of their four-game series with the New York Boulders at 5:45 p.m. from Clover Stadium. Following the series with the Boulders, the Titans finish off the trip with a visit to the Tri-City ValleyCats on Monday. The Titans return home for a seven-game home stand on Tuesday against New Jersey at 6:30 p.m.
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