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’Jacks sprint to 4-0 record during busy weekend
Gallaudet, Queensborough swept in baseball doubleheaders

Talk about a fast start.

Chesapeake College opened its 2007 baseball season with four wins in a little more than 24 hours, outscoring its opposition by a combined 39-7. The Skipjacks threw a pair of shutouts against host Gallaudet University, 20-0 and 8-0, on Saturday, then staged late rallies to sweep Queensborough (N.Y.) College, 3-2 and 8-5, Sunday at Anne Arundel Community College.

Meanwhile, Skipjacks head coach Frank Szymanski and his players were just happy to be outdoors.

"We hadn’t been out on the field at all this year until Saturday’s games against Gallaudet," said Szymanski. "Saturday was nice, but Sunday we had to play in some pretty adverse weather conditions. Queensborough had traveled a long way, so we felt an obligation to play Sunday’s games if at all possible."

Szymanski said his team played about as well as could be expected after spending all winter in the gym.

"Overall I thought we had very good pitching and the hitting was excellent," said Szymanski. "Our defense, as I expected, was a little shaky. I was pleased with the effort and the results."

The Skipjacks are currently scheduled to host Delaware Tech Tuesday at 2 p.m., weather permitting.

Chesapeake College 20, Gallaudet 0 (5 innings)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kellen Shepard (4-for-4, four RBI) and Bryan Woolford (3-for-4, two RBI) each had a double and a home run to pace the Skipjacks in Saturday’s Game 1.

Justin Sousa pitched three innings with two strikeouts, one walk and two hits allowed to earn the win.

Chesapeake College 8, Gallaudet 0 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jeremy Grove and Zach Moore each had two hits, including a double, and two RBI as the Skipjacks completed the sweep.

Kurt Bruce allowed one hit over four innings with six strikeouts to earn the pitching victory.

Chesapeake College 3, Queensborough 2 ARNOLD – Brad Brainer (2-for-3) scored the winning run Sunday to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Skipjacks claimed the Game 1 victory.

Eddie West opened the home seventh with a walk and moved to second on a passed ball before Brainer was hit by a pitch. Kellen Shepard moved the runners to second and third, respectively, with a sacrifice bunt.

Chris Cirillo’s groundout to short scored West with the tying run as Brainer moved to third. Ryan Lambert then hit a grounder to second that was bobbled, giving Lambert enough time to reach base as Brainer scored the winning run.

Joel Roberts struck out five and allowed two unearned runs on one hit in four innings to earn the win.

Chesapeake College 8, Queensborough 5 ARNOLD – The Skipjacks put together a three-run rally in the home sixth to break a 5-5 tie, complete Sunday’s doubleheader sweep, and improve to 4-0.

Brad Brainer (2-for-4) started the rally when he reached on an error. Kellen Shepard then beat out a bunt single, and Brainer came all the way around to score on the play on a throwing error as Shepard went to third base. Bryan Woolford walked with one out, setting up an attempted double-steal. Shepard was initially caught in a rundown, but a wild throw allowed both Shepard and Woolford to score a pair of insurance runs.

Tony Mitchell went 2-for-3 with a double while Woolford had a triple.

Chad Eagerton was the winning pitcher, yielding one hit and striking out two batters in 1 1/3 innings.

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