JACKSONVILLE, FL - The Montreat College baseball team traveled to Florida over the weekend for a three-game series against Trinity Baptist College. The Cavaliers made the most of the trip as they swept the series from the Eagles.
In the first game on Friday, it was the Eagles who struck first, building up a 5-0 lead after five innings. The Cavaliers (5-1, 0-0 AAC) would get their offense going in the 6th when they got an RBI single by Bradley Oakes and then a three-run homer from Tray Hill (SR/Chickamauga, GA) to cut the deficit to 5-4. Then the drama started with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, as Stephen Adams blasted a solo homer to tie the game at 5-5 and force extra innings.
After a scoreless ninth and tenth innings, Montreat again went to the long ball, this time courtesy of Ricardo DeArmas (JR/Miami, FL), as his solo shot gave Montreat a 6-5 lead. Cole Yoder (SR/Auburndale, FL), who came in relief of Braeden Daniels (SO/Statesville, NC) in the 5th inning, closed out the Eagles in the bottom of the 12th to seal the win.
Bradley Oakes (SR/Asheville, NC) went 2-3 with an RBI and Stephen Adams added a double to his home run for Montreat, who collected eight hits as a team. Cole Yoder picked up the win after 7 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Yoder gave up only three hits while striking out seven.
In the second contest, played on Saturday, the Cavaliers scored seven runs in the first four innings and came away with a 9-2 victory. Ricardo DeArmas had a tremendous game for Montreat, going 4-4 with a double, home run, and four RBI. Nick Bray (SR/Alpharetta, GA) went 3-4 with a double and home run while the Cavaliers also picked up RBI from Andres Cancio (SR/Orlando, FL), Tray Hill, Chase Day (SR/Easley,SC), and Danny Fernandez (SO/Miami, FL). Daniel Collins (SO/Guyton, GA) picked up the win after giving up only two hits and one unearned run while striking out five batters in five innings of work.
In the final game of the weekend, a three-run home run from Eli Ledford (SR/Asheville, NC) put the Cavaliers on top early and tremendous pitching from Andres Cancio propelled Montreat to a 6-0 victory. Matt Oster (JR/Knoxville, NY) went 2-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI while Robert Hernandez (SO/Miami, FL) went 2-3 with an RBI. Cancio gave up only two hits over six innings of work, striking out six batters to move to 2-0. Mitchell Donahue (JR/LaGrange, GA) came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning to wrap up the sweep for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday, February 14th when they travel to face North Greenville at 3:00pm.