Box Scores: Game 1: W, 6-3 I Game 2: W, 11-1
Avondre Bollar came up big in both games vs. Herndon.
Due to the lack of electricity at Povich Field, today's doubleheader became an afternoon affair. However, the heat didn't bother the Big Train as they rolled to a sweep of the Herndon Braves.
Cameron Cuneo (UC Santa Barbra) took the mound for the first game of the doubleheader and pitched six strong innings while striking out eight.
"If we throw strikes our hitters are going to get it done," said Cuneo.
The offense certainly did get it done. The Big Train scored six runs in that game, all coming in a huge third inning that was highlighted by a two-RBI double by Hunter Renfroe (Mississippi State).
The big inning combined with solid pitching from Cuneo and Robbie Kidd (Tennessee) would be enough for the Big Train to take the first match-up by a score of 6-3.
Jon Carlson (High Point) would make his home debut in the second half of the doubleheader, and kept the Big Train in the game until the bats could come alive. Carlson struck out four over four innings of work and gave up no earned runs.
"My change-up was working pretty well today," said Carlson. "Pitching in front of the fans is always nice and it's nice pitching at home to get that home field [advantage]."
A Colin Kish (Florida Southern) home run in the bottom of the second tied the score at one before the offense really started going in the third inning. Adam Barry (Cal State Northridge), Renfroe, and Kish would all reach base to start the inning, followed by a two-run triple from Cole Norton (St Mary's (CA)) to give the Big Train a 4-1 lead. Norton then scored on a single from Avondre Bollar (San Diego State) to make the score 5-1.
The Big Train would end up scoring five more runs in the next two innings, giving Jordan Gross (Tulane) plenty of cushion in the top of the seventh. Gross shut down the Braves bats, capping off a 11-1 victory for the two-game sweep. "We're rolling right now," said Avondre Bollar. "We have good pitching ... we're hitting now so we're going to be fine."