Dukes Baseball Sweeps Salem, Sets New School-Record for Wins

Dukes Baseball Sweeps Salem, Sets New School-Record for Wins

With a sweep of Salem Community College, the Dukes notched wins thirty-four and thirty-five setting a new school-record for wins in a season. The first victory of the two surpassed the season win total of thirty-three from last season, which set the school-record at the time. With every win the rest of the way, Cumberland will extend the record.

The Dukes won both games with ease with scored of 10-2 and 13-0.  The top of the order started off the scoring in both games, scoring four runs in the first frame of Game 1 and erupting for ten first-inning runs in game 2.  In both games combined, the Dukes brought a total of twenty-four batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring a total of fourteen runs on tweleve hits.

One of those hits was yet another triple of sophomore short stop Anthony Lopez.  Lopez, who was just named the conference player of the week, set the NJCAA Division III record for triples in a season with fourteen on Saturday.  Today he added his nation-leading fifteenth.

In a day that saw a total of twenty-three runs cross the plate, sophomores Cody Stashak and Jordan Glover each belted a home run in the second game.  Stashak's was a two-run shot and Glover bashed a solo dinger that traveled well past the left-center field wall.

On the hill, Zachary Large and George Read picked up the wins in each game, both throwing five innings.  Large allowed one run, none earned, three hits, and struck out two Salem batter. In the 13-0 game 2 victory, Read allowed three hits and two walks, striking out one in his outing.

The Dukes improved to 35-6 on the season and will have a tough test on Wednesday when they travel to Brookdale Community College for a doubleheader starting at 2pm.