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Baseball 'Canes enter Atlantics as top ranked team

The Holland Hurricanes secured the top spot in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association (ACBA) standings this weekend with four wins over the St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) X-Men and Dalhousie University Tigers.  The victories move the ‘Canes to 14-2 during the regular season, two-games ahead of the second place, Acadia University Axemen.

“Overall our focus has been to continue improving each week,” shared head coach, Andrew MacNevin.  “We’ve been gaining momentum each week leading into the ACBA Championship.  We look forward to the challenge this upcoming weekend when we compete for an Atlantic championship.”

With the four wins this weekend, the Hurricanes advance to the 2019 ACBA Championship in Fredericton, New Brunswick, alongside Acadia, Saint Mary’s University (SMU) Huskies and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Red’s on October 11-13.


Saturday, October 5, Game One | Hurricanes 5, at St. FX X-Men 0

The Hurricanes held the X-Men to just two hits in the game on their way to a 5-0 road victory.

The Hurricanes took the 1-0 lead in the third inning before opening up their lead in the seventh with four runs.

Tyler Johnston got the win for the Hurricanes in the complete game shutout.  He struck out 13 on 82 pitches and walked just one.

The Hurricanes racked up seven hits on the day with Avard Hart and Chase Brown leading the way with two hits each.


Saturday, October 5, Game Two | Hurricanes 3, at St. FX X-Men 1

In a competitive game two on Saturday afternoon featuring solid pitching, the Hurricanes outlasted the X-Men to earn the 3-1 victory.

After the X-Men took the 1-0 lead in the second inning, the Hurricanes bounced back with two runs in the third when Jake MacLaren doubled to score a run; Chase Brown was hit by a pitch shortly after to score another.  The Hurricanes went on to add a security run in the sixth.

Ryan Abraham pitched the Hurricanes to victory, lasting seven innings, allowing six hits and one run while striking out seven.

The X-Men ended their regular season at 5-11 after the weekend losses, finishing in fifth place in the standings.


Sunday, October 6, Game One | Hurricanes 3, vs Dalhousie Tigers 1

Timely offense and solid pitching pushed the Hurricanes to victory on Sunday versus the Tigers.  Runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings were enough to take down the Tigers who scored their only run in the sixth.

The Hurricanes pitching staff was strong on Sunday, allowing just five hits to the Tigers.  Eric Anderson was credited with the victory, pitching five innings, allowing one hit, zero runs and striking out eight.  Adam Richards and Brett Brittany entered the game out of the bullpen with Richards pitching an inning, allowing four hits and a run, while Brittany pitched the final three outs, striking out two and walking one.

Tyson McInnis went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Hurricanes in hits.  Holland College had a total of five hits in the win while Dalhousie also registered five.


Sunday, October 6, Game Two | Hurricanes 8, vs Dalhousie Tigers 6

In the final regular season game of 2019, the Tigers grabbed an early 2-0 lead which was erased in the second inning when the ‘Canes exploded for seven runs.  The Tigers would charge back in the fifth when they cut the ‘Canes lead to 7-6.  A Hurricanes insurance run was scored in the fifth to put the ‘Canes up 8-6.

Dylan Cameron led the ‘Canes to victory on the mound, pitching four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out five.  Tyson McInnis entered the game in the fifth, allowing four hits and four runs while striking out two.  Luke Robison pitched the final two innings of the game, allowing two hits and striking out one.

The ‘Canes racked up eight hits in the game with Chase Brown leading the way, going three-for-three at the plate.  Dalhousie had nine hits in the loss.


The Hurricanes begin the 2019 ACBA Championship on Friday, October 11 when they face the number two ranked, Acadia University Axemen at 4pm.  They will continue the championship round-robin on Saturday at 12pm versus the SMU Huskies and the host-UNB Red’s at 7pm.  The Atlantic Championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 11am.

For more information on the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball Association, 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: Tuesday, October 08, 2019