Cumberland is now in the driver's seat to win the regular-season Garden State Athletic Conference title and has the inside position to be named the #1 seed enterting the Region Tournament. The Dukes did so with key wins over Brookdale Community College, winning the first game 13-6 and game by a score of 6-5.
In Game 1, Cumberland won by a score of 13-6 behind the bats of Anthony Lopez, Tim Gallagher and Jose Martinez. The three combined for 8 RBIs and Gallagher and Lopez each scored twice. Martinez had three hits on the day and drove in three runs. In Game 2, it was Gallagher and Lopez at it again.
Down 3-1 entering the fifth inning, Gallagher hit a two-run Home Run to left field with freshman Justin Geri on base. The next at-bat, Lopez launched a solo shot to right-center field to give the Dukes a 4-3 lead.
Pesky Brookdale fought right back, scoring two runs of their own to take back the lead. Then it was, guess who? After Geri reached on an error and a Gallagher single, Lopez delivered a two-run double for what would turn out to be the game-tying and winning runs.
Lopez finished the day batting four-for-nine, including three doubles and a homerun, scroing three times and driving in six runs. Gallgher hit a combined five-for-seven, scored five times, and drove in four runs.
Chris Seibert (4-0) closed the door in the seventh and Cumberland sealed it's 37th win of the year. Seibert went the distance and was the winning pitcher in Game 2. Over those seven innings he allowed five runs, four earned and struck out six Brookdale batters. Josh O'Neill (7-3) picked up the victory in Game 1. O'Neill allowed five runs on nine hits and striking out two.
Cumbeland will have two days off before traveling to Ocean County College on Saturday and then Union County College on Sunday for their final two regular season doubleheaders in the conference. If the Dukes can take care of business and sweep both of those doubleheaders, they will claim the regular season conference title and the #1 seed entering the Region XIX Tournament.