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Hurricanes split games with X-Men, sweep UNB on the diamond

St. FX X-Men second baseman Tim MacKinnon prepares to tag Matt Barlow of the Holland College Hurricanes during Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader at Memorial Field. Barlow was called safe on the play.
St. FX X-Men second baseman Tim MacKinnon prepares to tag Matt Barlow of the Holland College Hurricanes during Saturday’s first game of a doubleheader at Memorial Field. Barlow was called safe on the play.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - The Holland College Hurricanes had a solid weekend on the diamond after winning three of four games in Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association baseball action.

First, the ‘Canes split with the St. FX X-Men 4-1 and 10-8 in the squad’s home-opening doubleheader at Memorial Field on Saturday.

Then Holland College swept UNB 9-3 and 12-7 in Fredericton, N.B.

Holland College leads the Atlantic Conference with a 5-1 record. The ‘Canes host UNB on Saturday for a doubleheader at Memorial, then welcome Acadia to Charlottetown for a doubledip on Sunday. Game 1 on both days starts at 1 p.m.

Sunday

Game 2 - Hurricanes 12, UNB 7

Game 1 - Hurricanes 9, UNB 3

In Game 2, a seven-run fifth inning by the ‘Canes broke open a close game and UNB never recovered.

UNB took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and added another in the third. The Hurricanes scored one to shorten the lead to 3-1 and added another in the fourth.

Then came the fifth which put UNB away, despite Fredericton adding a four runs along the way.

Holland College tacked on two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh.

Zach Gosse was the winning pitcher for the Hurricanes.

In Game 1, the ‘Canes shot out to a 6-0 lead through two innings and added two more in the fourth.

UNB clawed back with three runs in the fifth before the Hurricanes scored a final run in the fifth to take the win.

Brady Arsenault was the winning pitcher for the ‘Canes.

Saturday

Game 2 - X-Men 10, Hurricanes 8

Game 1 - Hurricanes 4, X-Men 1

In Game 2, the Hurricanes fell behind early but tied it 1-1 in the second inning.

Two runs scored in the third and two more in the fourth gave the Hurricanes a 5-1 lead, but a six-run rally by the X-Men in the fourth gave the visitors a 7-5 edge it never relinquished.

The teams exchanged three runs each in the seventh.

Charles MacLellan pitching three innings for the ‘Canes. Danny Rice relieved him in the fourth and was charged with the loss. Matt Barlow mopped up the final 3 and two-thirds innings.

Ryna MacIssac led the ‘Canes at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles.

In Game 1, Holland College scored twice in the third inning and two more in the fourth to pick up the win.

Colin Arsenault earned the victory, while Brandon Greeno tallied the save.

Barlow, MacIsaac, Jesse Holman and Zach Grosse each went 2-for-3 at the dish. Barlow chipped in three RBIs.

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