After Wednesday's game at Camden County College was suspended in the fifth with Cumberland leading 7-1, the Dukes grabbed two games from the Cougars Thursday afternoon, winning 4-3 and 3-0. They will look to complete the series sweep when the team's resume action on Monday March 6th.
Cumberland started off the scoring in Game 1. Sophomore Tovine Potts legged out a triple in the Dukes' second at bat of the game. Fellow sophomore John Banes drove in Potts on a line drive single to center. Potts finished the day 2 for 5, two runs scored, an RBI, a triple and a home run.
The home team added two more in the second on two consecutive sacrifice flies from Dhillon Barbetti and Josh Martinez that plated Chris Salvey and freshman Catcher Ivan Solis. In the fourth, Josh Martinez made an impact with his speed. After walking to lead off the inning, Martinez stole second, then stole third and scored on the overthrow. That run ended up being extremely important as the Dukes held on in seventh to secure the victory.
Starting pitcher Dan Goggin pitched into the sixth, not allowing a hit. Goggin picked up the win and Greg Avis came in to collect the save with the tying run on second. Goggin, the sophomore righty, went 5.1 innings, sprinkling six walks and striking out eight.
In Game 2, the Dukes put up three early runs and then let freshman Jarrett Quinn take the reins from there. Quinn (1-0) tossed a complete game shutout, showing guts throughout the game in his first collegiate start on the hill. In the final frame, Quinn took shot off of his right forearm leading to the only baserunner of the inning for the visiting Cougars. Visibly in pain, Quinn shook it off to get the final batter to ground out. Quinn allowed four hits, a walk, and struck out nine Cougar batter on the afternoon.
At the plate, the Dukes score two runs in the first, one of which came on a Harrold RBI single to score leadoff man Greg Avis. In the third, Potts connected on a solo homerun to give the Dukes a 3-0 lead, which held up the remainder of the contest. With the two wins, Cumberland improves to 2-0 in the GSAC and 6-2 overall. The Dukes will be back home this Saturday when they host a doubleheader with Rockland Community College.