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Baseball Hurricanes perfect to open regular season

The Holland Hurricanes went four-for-four this weekend on the road to kickstart their 2019 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA) regular season. 

On Saturday the ‘Canes picked up back-to-back wins in Halifax, Nova Scotia over the Dalhousie University Tigers (13-7, 10-9) before securing two more victories on Sunday in Fredericton, New Brunswick over the UNB Reds (15-3, 13-9).

Head coach, Andrew MacNevin, was pleased with the effort from his team on the road.

“We are happy to have our incoming players contributing immediately,” he shared.  “Having our young guys step up to the challenge and perform this weekend in their first collegiate experience was important for us.  We will regroup this week and focus on areas we need to improve on moving forward, but it’s good to have the first weekend out of the way and get off to a strong start to the season.”


Saturday – Game 1

The Dalhousie Tigers fell behind early and couldn't recover in a 13-7 loss after the ‘Canes scored on a triple by Elijah Hood and a single by Luke Robison in the second; they scored five runs in the inning.

The Tigers tallied three runs in the third inning but the ‘Canes rebounded with five runs of their own in the fourth thanks to singles by Robison and Patrick Young, a sacrifice fly by Jake MacLaren, and a double by Brett Brittany.

Tyler Johnston was the winning pitcher for the Hurricanes lasting four innings, allowing eight hits and five runs while striking out four. Parker Gallant threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen, allowing three hits and one earned run while striking out five.

In the loss, the Tigers collected 11 hits in the game while the ‘Canes recorded 17 on the way to victory.  Robison, Curtis McGregor, Brittany, Chase Brown, Hood, and McInnis all earned multiple hits for the ‘Canes with Robison leading the team with four hits in five at bats.


Saturday – Game 2

The Dalhousie Tigers surrendered the lead in the fifth inning in a 10-9 defeat after the Hurricanes scored eight runs.

Chase Brown picked up the winning RBI for the ‘Canes with a single in the fifth.

Ryan Abraham earned the victory on the mound for the Hurricanes; he surrendered nine runs on seven hits over four innings, striking out three. Luke Robison threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen for the Hurricanes, walking and striking out one.

Elijah Hood, Robison, Brett Brittany, Brown, and Colin Gaudette each collected multiple hits for Holland College with Hood going 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the team in hits.

The Tigers collected seven hits while the Hurricanes had 13 in the high-scoring affair.


Sunday – Game 1

The UNB Reds watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 15-3 loss to the Holland Hurricanes on Sunday. The Hurricanes scored on a single by Ryan Abraham, a double by Tyson McInnis, and a home run by Brett Brittany in the first inning to jump out to an early 6-0 lead.

The ‘Canes would add on singles in the second, third and fifth, two more in the sixth and four runs in the seventh en route to the victory.

UNB struggled offensively in the game, recording only two hits while the ‘Canes recorded 12. Brittany, Chase Brown, McInnis, Patrick Young, and Abraham all had multiple hits for the Hurricanes. 

Eric Anderson was the winning pitcher for Holland College; he allowed two hits and three runs over six innings. Tyson McInnis threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen, needing just nine pitches to close out the game.


Sunday – Game 2

It was a tight game until the end, but the Hurricanes pulled off the late 13-9 victory on Sunday over the Reds.

The ‘Canes fired up the offense in the first inning when they brought home eight runs to kick off the game.

After scoring two runs in the third, UNB Reds tallied six runs in the fourth inning to tie the game at 8-8.

With the game tied at 9-9 in the top of the seventh, the Hurricanes scored three runs when Jake MacLaren singled on a 1-0 count, giving them the victory.

Dylan Cameron was the starting pitcher for the Hurricanes, allowing 11 hits and eight runs over three and a third innings, striking out two.

UNB tallied 15 hits on the day to the Hurricanes 12. McGregor, Colin Gaudette, Luke Robison, and Julian MacDonald all collected multiple hits for Holland Hurricanes in the victory.

The Hurricanes will now turn their attention to the St. Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies on Saturday when they visit Halifax, NS for a double-header; games are set to begin at 1 and 3:30pm.

The ‘Canes will then host their 2019 home opener on Sunday, September 22 when they take on the St. Francis Xavier (STFX) X-Men at Memorial Field at Victoria Park in double-header action.  First pitch is set for 1pm.

Hurricanes Baseball Booster Club memberships are now for sale by contacting hollandhurricanes@hollandcollege.com.  For $100, members will receive two personalized season passes to all Hurricanes baseball home games plus two limited edition Hurricanes toques.

For more information on the ACBA, visit www.atlanticbaseball.ca.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, September 16, 2019