Nine home runs help sweep Lyon
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland hit nine home runs and pounded out 34 hits, as the second-ranked Bulldogs came from behind to win the opener and started strong in the second game in a doubleheader sweep, 14-10 and 16-8, against Lyon College Friday at Ernest L. Stockton Field. The two teams will play the final game of the series Saturday at 11 a.m. to try and beat the weather.
Cumberland (43-8, 14-2) extended its current winning streak to 14 games and moved three games ahead in the TranSouth Conference standings with four to play after Union University and Trevecca Nazarene split a doubleheader earlier Friday.
David Fanshawe and Matt Greener hit one homer apiece in both contests while Sam Kikla collected two hits and two RBIs in each game, homered once and scored six times in the twinbill. The top six spots in the Bulldog order combined for 26 hits – six from Troy Frazier, five by Kris Miller and four each from Greg Appleton, Kikla and Fanshawe. Dave Weyer added four hits from the No. 9 slot in the order as well on a day when the wind was blowing out to rightfield at more than 20 miles per hour.
Cumberland held an 8-2 lead in the opener but Lyon (28-19, 8-9) scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the lead. But the Bulldogs responded with six runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the victory, highlighted by home runs from Appleton, Fanshawe and Adrian Mull.
Daniel Kern (2-1) earned the victory for the Bulldogs with two innings of work, allowing one run on two hits with one strikeout. Nick Salahub (7-3), the Lyon starter, took the loss, giving up 12 runs on 14 hits in 5.1 innings.
CU scored nine runs in the first two innings of the second game and then added three runs in the fourth and fifth to take control. Aaron Wilkerson (9-1) was not sharp but earned the win, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in six innings. Josh McNatt (7-4), the first of five Scots hurlers, took the loss, giving up nine runs on five hits with three walks in 1.2 innings.
The Bulldogs got off to a good start in the opener, scoring twice in the first on three doubles. Appleton led off the inning with a double to rightcenter and scored on Miller’s two-out double to leftcenter. Frazier followed with a double off the base of the wall just to the right of the batter’s eye for a 2-0 CU lead.
Cumberland added five more runs in the second, sending 10 batters to the plate. Max Kautz and Brian Karahalios both walked to start the inning and Weyer reached on a bunt single, loading the bases.
Appleton’s single through the leftside plated a run before a two-run single to right from Kikla, who stole second. Appleton scored when Kyle Kallsnick’s throw sailed into centerfield and Kikla later came across on a bloop double to short center by Frazier for a 7-0 Bulldog advantage.
The Scots got on the board in the fourth after Kallsnick was hit with one out. Aaron Thornton hit a line drive just over the wall in rightfield toward the line, getting the ball into the prevailing wind for his ninth homer of the year.
Greener hit a solo homer to rightcenter to leadoff the fourth, his 21st of the season.
But Lyon came roaring back with three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to take the lead.
Cory Ford singled with one out in the fifth and Evan Segler beat out an infield single with two outs. Kallsnick scored both runners with a double to deep center and Thornton followed with an RBI single, cutting the Bulldog lead to 8-5.
The Scots plated five more runs in the sixth, chasing Bulldog starter Shawn Schaefer from the contest.
Garry Richards led off the inning with a single and Michael Armenteros walked. Roger Glaude put down a sacrifice bunt, but Schaefer’s throw to first was wide, loading the bases.
Ford fisted a ball to first, but Mull’s throw to plate was in the dirt, allowing Richards to score. Wallace then singled to center, scoring one run, and Segler’s infield single plated another. Thornton’s groundout pushed another run across before an RBI single down the rightfield line from Kody Pinson put Lyon ahead, 10-8.
But the Bulldogs responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead, starting with a leadoff home run from Appleton, his 12th of the season.
Kikla followed with a single and Miller singled to center with one out. Frazier’s RBI single to center tied the contest and chased Salahub from the contest.
Fanshawe greeted reliever Drew Davis with a three-run homer to leftcenter, giving the Bulldogs the lead for good. Mull made up for his error later in the inning with a solo shot to right, his first career home run.
Schaefer allowed nine runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings but did not figure into the decision. He walked two and struck out four.
The Bulldogs got off to another great start in the second game, scoring five runs in the first inning on just two hits.
Appleton and Kikla both walked and Greener was hit, loading the bases. Miller chopped a two-run single into leftfield before Fanshawe followed one batter later with a three-run homer into leftcenter, his second of the day and ninth of the year.
But the Scots came right back with four runs in the second, with a double from Kallsnick, a walk to Thornton and a single by Pinson loading the bases to start the frame. Wilkerson looked to escape the inning with a foul out and a strikeout, but nine-hole hitter Glaude lined a grand slam over the wall in rightcenter.
Cumberland answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Kikla walked with two outs and Greener hit a high pop to rightcenter that just kept carrying over the wall, his second home run of the day. Miller singled to right before Frazier lined a two-run shot toward the line in right, his 18th homer of the season, giving the Bulldogs a 9-4 advantage.
Lyon came back with three runs in the third, starting with a leadoff single from Wallace. Segler lined a two-run homer in almost the same spot as Frazier’s shot.
Kallsnick then singled and moved to second after a bad throw by Mull on a grounder off the bat of Thornton. Brett Holte’s single to center plated Kallsnick, cutting the Bulldog lead to 9-7.
Cumberland added to its lead with three runs in the fourth, starting with a single from Kikla, who moved to second and third on wild pitches. Greener’s chopper up the middle scored Kikla. Frazier singled two batters later and Fanshawe followed with an RBI double. \Kautz’s sacrifice fly plated Frazier for a 12-7 CU edge.
The Scots got one run in the fifth with three straight hits to start the inning. Kallsnick blooped a double into short center, Thornton singled up the middle and Pinson singled to left, scoring Kallsnick. But Thornton gave the Bulldogs an out, trying to take third on the play, and was gunned down by Kautz.
The Bulldogs came back with three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Weyer singled and Appleton followed with a double to rightcenter, but Weyer was thrown out trying to score on the play. Kikla then hit a two-run homer to leftcenter, his 13th of the year. Miller hit a solo shot later in the inning, his 15th of the season, for a 15-8 Cumberland advantage.
In the sixth Kautz singled, moved to second on a groundout and scored on T.J. Murphy’s single to right for the final run of the game.