CU sweeps Trevecca, 7-3 and 14-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Third-ranked Cumberland overcame a three-run deficit in the opener and then exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning in the second game en route to a doubleheader sweep, 7-3 and 14-0, over rival Trevecca Nazarene Saturday here at Jackson Field.
The Bulldogs (32-8, 7-2 TranSouth) swept the three-game series from the Trojans (24-14, 4-5), outscoring TNU, 36-6, and belting eight home runs in the three games, including four more in Saturday’s twinbill.
Cumberland scored twice in the fourth inning and took the lead in the fifth with a three-run homer from Kris Miller in the opener. The Bulldogs added two more runs in the sixth on a triple by Greg Appleton, giving CU starter Aaron Wilkerson all of the support he would need.
Wilkerson (6-1) was a little shaky early but settled down and picked up the complete game victory, giving up three runs on eight hits. He walked four and struck out nine.
Wilkerson allowed two runs and four hits in the first inning and then gave up another run in the second, but stranded a pair of runners in the sixth and seventh, the only other real threats by the Trojans.
TNU starter Kyle Pfirrman (5-4) helped his own cause with a two-run single in the first and stymied the Bulldog hitters through the first three innings before running into trouble as his command seemed to leave him in the fourth. The lefthander allowed five runs on six hits in five innings with three walks and four strikeouts.
In the second game the Bulldogs scored twice in the second, including Matt Greener’s nation-leading 18th home run of the year. CU added another run in the third and two more in the fourth, with David Fanshawe’s second homer in two days.
Troy Frazier led off the Bulldog fifth with a solo homer, the first of 13 batters in the inning, with CU scoring nine runs on eight hits to take the five-inning victory. Sam Kikla highlighted the inning with a bases-clearing triple.
Cumberland starter Robert Post (4-2) scattered six hits, walked one and struck out two in the complete game victory. The righthander gave up three hits in the fourth but otherwise was in command in his best outing since his first outing of the year, February 19against the Univ. of St. Francis.
TNU starter Caleb Longshore (3-2) was touched for 11 runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings.
Greener added five more hits in the doubleheader and eight in the series, while Fanshawe, Miller and Frazier each collected three hits in the twinbill.
The Trojans got on the board early with two runs in the first in the opener thanks to four hits. Brad Gooch fisted a single into center with one out and Matt Tidwell followed with a double to deep rightcenter. Pfirrman helped himself, literally, dumping a 2-2 pitch into short left for a two-run single.
Some heads-up baserunning in the second gave TNU another run. Chase Birdwell walked with one out and stole second. After Gooch was hit with two outs, Fanshawe threw behind Gooch at first, but Appleton was slow getting to the bag and Birdwell took advantage, taking third on the play. Tidwell’s infield single up the middle plated Birdwell for a 3-0 Trojans lead.
The Bulldogs got two runs back in the fourth after a leadoff walk to Miller and a double inside the third base bag from Greener. Fanshawe’s groundout plated a run and Jesse Bowman’s foul flyout down the rightfield line scored another.
The Bulldogs took the lead in the fifth, again after the first two hitters reached. Max Kautz beat out a bunt to leadoff and Appleton walked, but Kikla lined out sharply and Frazier struck out. Miller picked up his teammates, hitting a hanging breaking ball over the net in leftfield for a three-run homer, his 13th of the season, and a 5-3 CU advantage.
Cumberland added to the lead in the sixth, again after the first two batters reached. T.J. Murphy was hit and Kautz walked before Appleton laced a triple into the rightfield corner. Both runners scored on the play, giving Wilkerson all of the runs he would need.
The righthander did not have his best stuff but battled through and made an adjustment in the middle of the game, using the changeup and curveball to set up his fastball. Wilkerson struck out seven batters over the final four innings and allowed two baserunners in the three middle innings.
Trevecca had a walk and a single in both the sixth and seventh innings, but Wilkerson got a foul out and a strikeout to end the sixth and a groundout from Bret Grizzard to end the contest.
Cumberland got out quickly in the second game, scoring twice in the second inning. Greener belted a hanging breaking ball well over the wall in left to leadoff and Fanshawe followed with a walk. Pinch-runner Dave Weyer stole second and scored on a single to leftcenter from Brian Karahalios.
CU added to the lead with a run in the third. Frazier doubled down the leftfield line with two outs and Miller followed with an RBI triple to rightcenter for a 3-0 Bulldog advantage.
Cumberland scored twice more in the fourth, including a leadoff homer run from Fanshawe, his fourth in the last six games and fifth of the season. Bowman doubled down the leftfield line with one out and Murphy followed with a single to left. Appleton’s deep fly ball to leftcenter plated Bowman for a 5-0 CU lead.
The Bulldogs exploded for nine runs in the fifth inning, starting with a line drive shot to left from Frazier, his 16th home run of the season. Miller and Greener both singled and Fanshawe singled home a run.
Karahalios also singled and after a groundout and a foul out, Appleton was hit, loading the bases for Kikla, who cleared them on a full count pitch with a triple to rightcenter. Frazier followed with a laser of a single off Gooch’s glove at short and Miller walked. After a wild pitch Greener plated two more runs with a single to right for the final runs of the contest.
Frazier and Greener each collected three hits in the second game, while Miller, Fanshawe and Karahalios each had a pair. Kikla and Greener each drove in three runs and Frazier and Fanshawe had two RBIs apiece.
Cumberland hosts Lindsey Wilson Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Ernest L. Stockton Field and then plays Bryan College Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Field in Lebanon.