On cold, rainy day, the Cumberland bats were anything but cold as they totaled 22 runs on 18 hits, in only ten innings of play. Both games concluded after five innings due to the ten-run rule.
In Game 1, Josh O'Neill went the distance on the hill, pitching a shutout and allowing only one hit over five innings. O'Neill struck out 3 batters and walked none. At the plate, sophomores Jose Martinez and Cody Stashak both hit 2 for 3 and scored twice. Stashak added an RBI and freshman Justin Geri was 1 for 1 with a walk and 2 RBIs. Devin McCann, Tyler Mixon, and Arturo Ocasio eached added an RBI.
The Dukes exploded in the second game for eight runs in the first inning. After the lead-off batter flew out, Jordan Glover singled and Jose Martinez walked, giving way to a 3-Run bomb off the bat of sophomore catcher Devin McCann. In that very same inning, sophomore standout Anthony Lopez roped two triples. Lopez added another three-bagger in the later innings, ending the game 3 for 3 (all triples), 2 runs scored, and 3 RBIs. With that afternoon, Lopez now has 7 triples in just 16 games this season. He led the nation in that category just a year ago with a total of 11.
Jordaan Glover added two RBIs on one hit and sophomore second baseman went two for two at the dish, scoring 2 runs. Justin Geri (1-1) recorded the win and Gio Casiano pitched the remaining two innings in relief. Geri allowed 1 run, none earned, on two hits, and struck out four.
With those two wins, the Dukes improve to 12-5 on the season. Cumberland will be off until Saturday when they travel to Bergen Community College for an afternoon doubleheader. Sunday, the Dukes will be back at home for a doubleheader, hosting Luzerne County Community College. The first pitch will be thrown at 12pm.