Alec Frazier gave the coaching staff the best case scenario on Thursday afternoon, throwing 6 1/3 innings on opening day to help Stratford to a 6-4 victory over Thomas Nelson. Frazier collected the opening day win, but allowing one earned run and striking out five batters, while Andrew Brooks picked up the save by throwing 2/3 of an inning and picking up a strikeout.
Thomas Nelson scored two unearned runs in the top of the third inning, but Stratford answered with a run in the bottom half of the third when John Mastrogianakis led off with a single and eventually crossed the plate on a passed ball. After Thomas Nelson added another unearned run in the top half of the fourth inning, Stratford took control of the game in the bottom half when Mark Copenhaver led off with a single and later scored off of an RBI single from Austin Elledge with two outs. The big blow came a batter later, when with the bases loaded and two outs, Cody Burnham drove a ball into the leftcenter gap that caused the leftfielder and centerfielder to run into each other and the ball to drop to the turf at War Memorial Stadium allowing all three runners to score. Burnham scored on the next at bat when Jordan Carter lined a ball down the leftfield line to push the Cardinal lead to 6-3.
Frazier kept the Gators at bay until the top of the seventh when Thomas Nelson added a run, with runners on first and third, Andrew Brooks ended the game with a strikeout to preserve the 6-4 victory.