Before Thursday’s rescheduled game, Orleans and Brewster had only played once this season. The first meeting was a 6-4 Brewster win, part of a 3-0 start. Much has changed since, with Orleans storming to the best record in the league at a ridiculous pace, but the second meeting ended the same way as the first.
In the only game of the day, three Brewster pitchers combined to limit Orleans to one run on three hits, and the Whitecap offense delivered two big innings in a 7-1 win.
Vanderbilt’s Jordan Sheffield, who had a strong year pitching mostly out of the Commodores bullpen, made his first Cape start and allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out six in quieting an offense that had scored 24 runs in its last two games. Orleans did not have an extra-base hit.
Nick Highberger (Creighton) followed Sheffield to the mound and tossed two scoreless innings. Trent Paddon (Oregon) pitched the final inning.
At the plate, Brewster put up four runs in the fourth and three in the ninth. Nick Senzel (Tennessee) went 2-for-5 with his third home run and two RBI. Senzel is hitting .462 in his six-game hitting streak.
Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) also drove in two. J.C. Escarra (Florida International) and Jack Meggs (Washington) had two hits and one RBI apiece.
Brewster scored four of its runs – three earned – against Orleans’ Kyle Serrano (Tennessee), who came in with a 2.75 ERA.
Brewster improved to 13-12, while Orleans fell to 18-7.
What to Watch
Brewster will host Chatham as the two continue battling it out for second place in the East.