After two tight games in back-to-back days against Gloucester County College during the week, Cumberland decided to throw a weekend bash on Saturday. The Dukes piled up a total of 30 runs on Atlantic Cape Community College, winning games by scores of 15-1 and 15-5.
In Game 1, Cumberland scored one run in the first, two in the second, and exploded for six run in the third inning. Jose Martinez started off the hit parade in the third inning, lacing a double to deep right field. After a walk and a single, Martinez scored from third on a passed ball and then Arturo Ocasio and Cody Stashak scored on a looping single that dropped in front of the left-fielder by freshman third baseman Justin Geri. After Robert Bunton reached on an error, sophomore captains Tim Gallagher and Anthony Lopez capped off the scoring in third, each adding RBI singles. Bunton also scored, crossing the plate on an overthrow off of Gallagher's single.
Cumbeland added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Three of those runs came on a bases clearing double from Devin McCann. McCann finished two for four, crushing two doubles and driving in four runs. Martinez also finished the day with two doubles, adding an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first, and two runs scored on the afternoon.
Southpaw Ridge Herrman picked up the win after looking shaky in his previous two outings. Herrman tossed six innings, allowing only one run on four hits and striking out six batters. Sophomore George Read came in and shut down the Buccaneers in the 7th to seal the win.
In Game 2, Cumberland followed a similar script, using big innings and steady pitching to complete the sweep. Cody Stashak and Justin Geri both hit two-run Home Runs in the second inning to stretch a six-run lead into a ten-run lead after just two innings. Zachary Large pitched four innings on no-run baseball and secured his fifth win of the season in as many starts. Nic Pace, Matthew Ennis, and Gio Casiano each threw an inning in relief.
With those two wins, Cumberland improves to 25-6 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Their only conference loss came earlier this week to #2 rank Gloucester County College. The Dukes will look to make it a four-game weekend sweep as they host Middlesex County College Sunday afternoon. The first game is set to start at 12 noon.