Alec Frazier and Jake Brewer provided a spark, while dodging raindrops, on Friday afternoon for the Stratford University baseball team in a 7-4 victory over Thomas Nelson in the home opener for the Cardinals.
After spotting Thomas Nelson a 3-0 lead, Brewer woke up the Stratford bench by connecting on a three run home run to tie the game in the bottom of the third inning. Both teams could not generate any offense for the next three innings, until the bottom of the seventh inning when Mark Copenhaver added a RBI single that gave Stratford the lead for good, the Cardinals added an unearned run in the seventh as well to push the lead to 5-3. In the bottom half of the eighth inning, Brewer struck again, this time a two run double to centerfield that added two insurance runs.
Frazier collected eight strikeouts in his seven innings of work to move to 3-1 on the year, while allowing only two earned runs. Ryan Rhodes picked up his second save of the year working two innings of relief, striking out three hitters and allowing a run.
The Cardinals improve to 3-1 and return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they host NCAA D2 Chowan University at 4:00 pm.