The Dukes took two more games this weekend on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Mustangs of Montgomery County CC by scores of 15-0 and 10-0. The two victories allowed Head Coach Keith Gorman to reach 200 wins as Head Coach of the Cumberland Baseball Program in just his sixth season as the Dukes skipper.
The Dukes scored early and often to start Sunday's doubleheader, racking up fifteen runs on fourteen hits. Five different Cumberland batters recorded two hits each, four of those hitters driving in at least two runs. Sophomore John Banes went 2 for 2, scoring three times and driving in two, and Anthony Harrold launched a three-run shot in his second at-bat of the game. Fellow sophomores Tom Burns, Josh Martinez, Marco Rios and freshman catcher Ivan Solis rounded out the Dukes with two hits apiece. Right-hander Nick Bralczyk picked up the win on the hill, tossing six shutout innings and striking out nine Mustang batters. Freshman Brandon Staub sealed the team shutout, throwing a scoreless seventh without allowing a baserunner and striking out one batter.
In act two of Sunday's DH, Marco Rios and Tovine Potts wreaked havoc in the first two spots of the Cumberland line-up. The two combined for four hits, four runs scored, six RBIs and three stolen bases. Dan Musilli and Solis each added a hit and two runs apiece for the Dukes. Sophomore transfer (Virginia Wesleyan) Joe Bobiak put on a pitching display, earning the win in a complete game shutout. The Dukes southpaw allowed one hit and one walk, striking out a season high eleven Montgomery hitters.
Coach Gorman reaches the 200 win plateau twenty-five games into his sixth season at the helm, becoming the first coach in school history to achieve the milestone. Already putting together the most successful coaching stint in the program's history, Coach Gorman has a accumulated a record of 200-69 with a .743 winning percentage to go along with four consecutive Region 19 Championship appearances, and a runner-up finish in 2014 at the NJCAA DIII World Series.
Sitting at 22-3, this year's team is putting up offensive numbers that rival those of the 2014 team that won the Region 19 title. Through 25 games, Cumberland is at the top in the following offenseive categories: total runs, runs per game, home runs, and walks. The Dukes pitching staff is also off to a hot start, leading the nation with the lowest team ERA of 2.20 and their 188 strikeouts are the fourth most in the country.
Cumberland will look to extend their 14 game win-streak this week with a match-up against NJCAA Division II opponent Valley Forge on the schedule for Wednesday at home before wrapping up their season series with conference foe Middlesex County College on the road Thursday afternoon. The Dukes then start a three game series with Atlantic Cape Community College on Friday at home before finishing up the set at ACCC with a DH Saturday afternoon.