The Alexandria Dukes, with an almost completely new team, showed power and strong pitching to easily defeat George Mason, 10-1, at Simpson Stadium in an exhibition game.
The game was for the benefit of the university's baseball scholarship fund and plans call for it become an annual event.
The Dukes will open their Carolina League regular season Friday at Kinston, N.C. The home opener will be on April 17 at Four Mile Run Park, also against Kinston.
The Dukes, with only one player from last year's team, reliever Pete Hanler (10 saves and 2.33 ERA), scattered 14 hits and winning pitcher Tim Burke pitched a two-hitter and gave up only one run, which was unearned. Burke also struck out six in the five innings he pitched.
Right fielder Jim Felt led the Duke offense with three hits, including a home run and double, scored three times and drove in two runs.
"We are definitely a much better ball club than last year," said second-year coach Mike Toomey. "It was really competitive down in Florida and we are now affiliated with a good major league team.We have a good mixture of experienced and young players."
Nine of the Duke runs came off their own pitchers. George Mason Coach Walter Masterson pitched his own Warren Yeager for three innings, then used Duke pitchers the rest of the game because he didn't want to tire his already weary pitching staff.
Yeager pitched well, giving up only two hits and one run. Alexandria pitcher Bill Cybert, the loser, replaced Yeager to start the fourth inning and the Dukes began to show their new power.