Opening Weekend Louisburg Series Wrap-Up

The Bucs opened the 2014 campaign at home against longtime NJCAA Division I power, the Louisburg College Hurricanes, this past weekend. Louisburg is coming off a 34-15 year in 2013 and looks to contend for a World Series birth in 2014. The Bucs, who are dominant at home, continue the trend with winning the weekend series by claiming two out of three games.

The Bucs and the Hurricanes began play with a double header on Saturday. Landon Fraley started the first game and pitched 6 innings for the Bucs. Fraley settled in nicely after giving up 3 runs in the second inning, allowing the Bucs to cut into the lead. The Bucs scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the 8th to give CVCC a 5-4 lead. Hunter King (1-0) got the win as he pitched the final 3 innings only allowing 1 run.

Justin Norton (0-1) started game the second game of the double header for the Bucs and pitched beautifully. Only one mistake by Norton led to a Louisburg 2-run home run giving the Hurricanes a lead that they would not relinquish. The CVCC offense struggled to provide the big hit leaving multiple runners on base throughout the game and ultimately lost 3-1.

Dustin Batson started the rubber match of the series on Sunday but struggled to find a rhythm in the first inning giving up 2 quick runs. Brandon Norton (1-0) entered the game in the second inning and dominated the Hurricane hitters for the final 8 innings. Norton gave up zero runs as the offense settled in behind him scoring 9 runs. The Bucs took game 3, and the series, winning 9-2.

Pitching and defense came up big for the Bucs this weekend holding Louisburg to only a .225 batting average on the weekend.

Top Offensive Performers

Clay Hodges (.615) led the way going 8 for 13 scoring 5 times. Trip Dunn (.500), who started Sunday behind the plate went 2 for 4. Colby Dischmond (.364) went 4 for 11 with an RBI and Kurt Stabasefski (.333) went 3 for 9 with an RBI. Ivan Acuna and Ryan Smith each drove in three runs in the series while Bryson Bowman led the weekend with 2 stolen bases.

The Bucs next series will be a four game series against Guilford Tech starting Saturday, February 8th. The Bucs will play at home on Saturday and travel to Greensboro on Sunday.