South Jersey Baseball:
Friday, May 7, 2004
By Chuck Betson
Atlantic City, NJ The Atlantic City Surf fell to the Nashua Pride 11-10 in the season opener for both teams. The Surf had the lead 10-9 heading into the top of ninth. However, two runs by Nashua erased the Surf lead and gave the advantage back to the Pride.
Leading the attack for the Pride was Glen Murray and Curtis Pride. Murray was 3 for 4 with a home run and 6 RBI. Pride was just as impressive at the plate going a perfect 5 for 5 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored. Gary Johnson was the top hitter for the Surf, he collected 4 hits and 3 RBI.
The Surf spotted the Pride 2 runs in the top of the first inning when Murray hit a monster two-run home run. The Pride built an 8-2 lead, but the Surf battled back with 8 runs in the 7th and 8th innings combined to gain their only lead of the game 10-9. A base hit up the middle by Ricardo Cordova past the diving Victor Gutierrez drove in Carlos Rodriguez from second to finish out the high scoring opener.
The teams combined for 21 runs on 32 hits, with each team having 8 or their 9 starters with hits. Neither starter made it past the 5th inning. Surf starter Jeff Farnsworth was knocked out after 4.2 innings after giving up 7 ER. Brad Guy had a better outing, going 5.0 innings while giving up only 2 runs on 8 hits.
The two teams face each other again tomorrow afternoon at The Sandcastle, game time is scheduled for 1:35 PM.
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