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May 30, 2014

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Cardinals Sweep Nationals to Open Season

The Cardinals swept the Nationals Sunday May 25th with scores of 6-0 and 7-4

Game 1 

The Rockland Cardinals traveled to Whitman on Sunday to play a double header against the newly formed Whitman Nationals to open up their season. The ball was given to Tim Cooney (St. Anselm) to start the season and he was brilliant. He lasted 5.2 innings while only surrendering 4 hits and inducing 11 ground ball outs. The Cardinals got on the board in the second inning when John Mulready (Bridgewater State) led off the inning with double to left center. Jake Petruzzelli (Mass Maritime) would lay down a sacrifice bunt to move Mulready to third who would then go on to score two batters later when Whitman’s second baseman would commit an error on a ball hit by Brandon Hoyle (Bridgewater State). The scoring would continue the next inning when Matt Nicholson (Merrimack) would single in Zach George (Worcester State). The Cardinals would tack on three more in the 5th and one in the 7th.  Jordan Jenkins (Wheaton) would come in to throw the last 1.1 innings and shut the door. He finished the 6th with a groundout and then would strikeout the side in the 7th. Nicholas White (Bridgewater State), Nicholson, and Mulready all had 2 hits each. Petruzzelli would also chip in with 2 RBI.

WP: Cooney    Score: 6-0 Cardinals

Game 2

The Cardinals would come out of the gate slow by stranding the bases loaded in the first and then stranding two more runners in the second inning. Brody Loughlin (Babson) would walk the leadoff hitter who eventually came around to score on a double hit by Adams. The score would remain 1-0 until Whitman would push across two more runs in the 4th to make it 3-0. Rockland couldn’t manufacture anything until the 6th inning when Nicholson would lead off with a hit by pitch. He would steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Matt Guillemette (Tampa) would bring in Nicholson on a fielder’s choice to the short stop. Loughlin’s day was done as he pitched 5 innings while surrounding 3 runs, 4 walks, 6 hits while striking out 4. David Tarr (UMass-Dartmouth) would come in for relief and would struggle while giving up one run to make it a 3 run deficit again. Lyndon Brundidge (Newbury) would relieve Tarr and stop Whitman from scoring any further runs. The Cardinals’ offense came to life in the top of the 7th. The first five batters all reached base. George made it a one run game with a bloop single with a drawn in infield. He would immediately steal second base. White would single to bring runners to the corners and Nicholson would hit a sac fly to center to make it a tie ball game. Brundidge struggled in the bottom half of the 7th but base running blunders would ruin Whitman’s chance of driving across the winning run. Cardinals’ offense went right to work in extra innings. They had bases loaded and George would hit a double to left to drive in two runs. They would push across another run to make it a 7-4 advantage heading into the bottom half of the 8th. Brundidge would start the 8th by retiring the first hitter on a groundout to third, and he would then be taken out after walking the next hitter. Jenkins would come in and get the next two outs in order to record the save. Brundidge picks up the win throwing 1.1 in relief. George, White, and Sanchez all had multiple hits in the game.

WP: Brundidge    SV: Jenkins    Score: 7-4 Cardinals