Fanshawe's 12th-inning single gives Bulldogs sweep
LEBANON, Tenn. – David Fanshawe’s single off the base of the wall in leftcenter in the bottom of the 12th inning plated Kris Miller, giving second-ranked Cumberland a doubleheader sweep against Milligan College, 9-2 and 5-4, Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Sam Kikla hit three homers in the twinbill, including a solo shot to leadoff the 12th. Cumberland (41-8) came from behind three times in the contest for the victory, scoring twice in the seventh to tie the game at two and then Kris Miller led off the eighth with a solo homer to knot the contest at three.
Christian Jennings (2-1), the sixth Bulldog pitcher, picked up the victory, giving up one run on four hits in 2.2 innings. The lefthander induced an inning-ending doubleplay after entering the game with the bases loaded in the 10th but allowed a run on a wild pitch in the 12th.
Adam Lawrimore (1-2), the fifth Milligan (28-17) hurler in the contest, took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in 1.1 innings.
Kikla collected five hits, scored four times and drove in six runs in the doubleheader. He hit a pair of two-run homers in the opener and drove in the tying run in the seventh in the second game with a one-out triple to rightcenter.
Greg Appleton recorded four hits for the Bulldogs in the two contests and scored four times, including a leadoff homer in the opener.
Cumberland scored two runs in the first and second innings and four more times in the fourth in win the opener, 9-2. Adam Sprague (5-2) tossed five shutout innings for the Bulldogs to pick up the victory. The lefthander allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out four while tossing just 67 pitches.
Milligan starter LA Owens (3-3) took the loss, giving up eight runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked one, struck out two and hit two batters.
Appleton, Kikla and Matt Greener each posted two hits in the first game, while Fanshawe drove in two runs with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly.
Appleton hit the first pitch in the bottom of the first in the opener over the wall in rightcenter, his 11th homer of the season. Kikla was hit, Greener singled and Troy Frazier was hit, loading the bases later in the inning. Fanshawe’s sacrifice fly gave the Bulldogs an early 2-0 advantage.
Appleton singled sharply to right with two outs in the second and Kikla lined a two-run homer to rightcenter, his 10th of the year and first homer since March 27.
In the fourth Dave Weyer doubled down the leftfield line with one out and Appleton hit a chopper between the plate and mound. Owens’ throw to first sailed down the rightfield line, allowing Weyer to score.
Kikla then ripped the first pitch over the trees in rightcenter, his second two-run shot of the game. Greener followed with a solo shot to leftcenter, his 20th homer of the season, for an 8-0 Cumberland lead.
Fanshawe hit a solo homer to leadoff the fifth for CU for a 9-0 advantage.
The Buffaloes got on the board in the sixth after a leadoff walk to Dustin Ford and a one-out homer to left from Eric Oxley, his second of the year. But Milligan managed just four hits in the contest against Sprague and CU reliever Matt Vance.
Milligan got on the board first in the second contest with a single run, starting with a leadoff double from Oxley. A wild pitch moved the runner to third and he scored on an infield single by Todd Caldwell off the glove of Bulldog starter Peter Taraskevich.
The Bulldogs gift-wrapped a second run for the Buffaloes in the fifth inning. Randy Rabon reached on a dropped fly ball by centerfielder Frazier, though he did make a long run just to get to the short fly.
Rabon moved to second on a groundout by Ford and scored when T.J. Murphy booted a grounder off the bat of Ricky Morgan, with the ball bouncing off Murphy’s leg and into centerfield.
The Bulldogs had their chances to tie the game or take the lead, stranding a pair of runners in the third and fifth innings.
Appleton singled and Kikla doubled with one out in the third, but Greener popped out and Miller flied out to end the threat.
In the fifth Adrian Mull walked and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Murphy. Appleton singled to left, but Kendall Williams gunned down Critchelow at the plate. Kikla was hit but Greener lined out to right to end the inning.
The Bulldogs finally scraped together two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but again, they could have had more.
Mull was hit to leadoff the inning and pinch-runner Jason Frost moved to second on a groundout by pinch-hitter Brian Karahalios. Appleton grounded sharply to second, but the ball bounced off Ford and into rightfield as the second baseman moved to his left.
Kikla then ripped a triple into rightcenter, a ball that got by a sliding Oxley and reached the ball. Once it got to the wall Appleton scored easily and the throw came to third, where it got by Brett Maddox. But the ball bounced back hard off the netting in front of the dugout and Kikla was a dead duck at the plate trying to score.
Milligan took the lead again with a run in the eighth, again with Oxley starting the rally. He singled with one out and Maddox followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. Caldwell walked with two outs and Matt Lyle coaxed a walk as well from Robert Post, forcing in a run.
But Miller erased the deficit quickly for the Bulldogs, lining a solo homer to left to leadoff the bottom of the inning. The ball bounced off Williams’ glove as it cleared the wall, Miller’s 14th of the season.
In the 12th Maddox reached on an infield single and Andrew Sims and Caldwell followed with singles, loading the bases. But Jennings struck out Lyle before a wild pitch allowed Maddox to score.
Kikla lined a homer over the wall in left to leadoff the bottom of the inning and Miller reached on a one-out throwing error by Maddox. After an intentional walk to Frazier to put the doubleplay in order, Fanshawe drilled a ball over Rabon’s head and off the base of the wall in leftcenter to score the winning run, three hours and 11 minutes later.
Oxley accounted for four of Milligan’s 10 hits in the second game and collected five hits and scored three times in the doubleheader.
Cumberland hosts Lyon College this weekend in the final home games of the season for the Bulldogs. Saturday’s doubleheader is set to begin at Noon and Sunday’s first pitch will be at 1 p.m.