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Holland College Hurricanes outfielder Dominique Ryan connects with a pitch during collegiate baseball action Sunday at Memorial Field in Charlottetown. For photos from Saturday’s game, visit the slideshow section at www.theguardian.pe.ca.
Most baseball teams can hold a five-run first inning lead and the Holland College Hurricanes were no exception in an 11-0 rout of the St. F.X. X-Men on Sunday in Charlottetown.
Hurricanes first baseman Nick MacPhail had a two-run double in the first that broke the X-Men backs and provided all Holland College’s needed scoring in the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) game at Memorial Field.
The win, via 10-run mercy rule after five innings, coupled with Saturday’s two-game sweep of Cape Breton University at home moved the Hurricanes to 9-1 in its inaugural season and in first place in the CCBA Atlantic Division.
And that was the goal, said MacPhail, a first-year electrical engineering student.
“We wanted to accomplish the three-game sweep, finish this game early and put a little fear in the league, send a message. Work on our fundamentals, play clean baseball,” said MacPhail, a New Dominion native. “We wanted to show we could compete.”
Things went off the rails early for St. F.X starting pitcher Calvin MacLean, who threw the complete-game, five-inning loss. MacLean walked four batters and he and batterymate Mike Tobin surrendered two stolen bases.
That, an error by MacLean and MacPhail’s double put the X-Men down 5-0 after the first frame.
The game got worse as the under-manned St. F.X. squad had no relief pitching for MacLean as the Hurricanes poured on six more runs during the next four frames and finished with eight hits while benefitting from three X-Men errors.
‘Canes left-fielder Dominique Ryan went 2-for-3 while MacPhail was 1-for-2 with a walk. Holland College’s Lavaughn Ferguson went 2-for-3 with double, an RBI and scored twice.
Tobin, Tim McKinnon, Nathan Hayes and Raymond McMaster had the X-Men hits.
‘Canes starting pitcher Colin Arsenault tossed three innings for the win while Nathan McInnis threw two innings in relief for the save.
Next up, Holland College hosts UNB Fredericton in a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., and St. F.X. in a double dip on Sunday also at 1 p.m.
All games are at Memorial Park.