The Stratford University Baseball team started their Myrtle Beach trip off with a bang, sweeping Anne Arundel on Thursday afternoon, winning the opener 6-4 and taking the second game 13-1. The Cardinals improve their season record to 6-4 on the year.
The Cardinals scored two runs in the borrom of the first inning and did not trail after in route to the 6-4 victory. Ricardo Leon moved to 2-0 on the year, by throwing four innings, allowing only one run in keeping the Anne Arundul off balance all day. Leon pitched out of a bases loaded, no outs jam in the top of the third inning, by inducing a fielders choice which cut down the lead runner at the plate and getting the next batter to ground into a double play to help maintain the 2-1 lead. Ryan Rhodes pitched to final three inning to pick up the save.
Offensively, Jordan Carter led the way with two hits and Justin Smith picked up two runs batted in, while Austin Elledge and Mark Copenhaver each doubled in the win.
The Cardinals brought out the big bats during the second game 13-1 victory, as Copenhaver led the way with three hits, four runs batted in and a home run. Stratford picked up six extra base hits in the game as Carter and Smith both homered, Elledge added a triple and Jake Brewer and Dre Gordon each doubled. Brewer, Tremayne White and Jacob Miller each had two hits, white Carter added three rbi and White added two more.
On the bump, Alex Frazier improved to 2-1 on the year, as he allowed no runs and only two hits in four innings of work.