The Cumberland County College Baseball Team has been making headlines left and right this season. This past weekend was no different as Cumberland's Anthony Lopez smacked his 13th and 14th triples of the season in Saturday's two-game sweep over Lehigh Carbon Community College. His first triple of the day tied the NJCAA Division III record, and his second (14th on the season) surpassed the mark that was set during the 2009 season by Brookdale's Joe Talerico and The College of Dupage's Brian Martin.
As Lopez was rounding second and steaming towards third, the entire Dukes dugout erupted and cheered him on as he cruised into third with the record-breaking triple. In typical, non-chalant Anthony Lopez fashion, he bumped fists with Head Coach Keith Gorman like it was any other triple he had this season. Gorman called for the baseball, threw it over to the dugout, and it was back to business as usual.
Despite the lack of celebration for such an achievement, it has been a special season for Cumberland and Lopez. The Dukes have already tied their school-record of 33 wins in a season which was set last season with an overall record of 33-14. Sitting at 33-6 this season, Cumberland has sky-rocketed to the No. 3 ranked team in NJCAA Division III after being unranked to start the season. The team has now won 11 straight games and an astounding 24 out of their last 25.
As for Lopez, in addition to etching his name into the NJCAA record books, Anthony is currently leading all of Division III baseball student-athletes in runs scored, runs-batted-in, total bases, and extra base hits. He is posting a .459 season batting average and is second in Division III with 62 hits. With the type of season Lopez is having, this will not be the last time you see his name in the national spotlight before the season is over.