Bulldogs pound Trojans, 15-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Cumberland hit four home runs and pounded out 17 hits and lefthander Shawn Schaefer scattered 10 hits in eight strong innings, as the third-ranked Bulldogs defeated Trevecca Nazarene, 15-3, in the first of a three-game series Friday here at Jackson Field.
Cumberland (30-8, 5-2 TranSouth) scored four runs in the third and fourth innings, including a three-run homer from Kris Miller and a two-run shot by Troy Frazier, to take control of the game early. The Bulldogs added four more runs in the ninth for the final margin, including an RBI singles from Jesse Bowman and Matt Greener and a two-run single by Ben Foster.
Frazier and Greener each collected three hits while Miller added two hits and four RBIs. Greg Appleton and David Fanshawe each recorded two hits apiece for CU.
Schaefer (8-0) worked out of jams in the first and third innings and cruised the rest of the way, posting his eighth victory in eight starts this season. He allowed 10 hits but just two runs with two walks and six strikeouts.
TNU starter Michael Son was roughed up for 10 runs on 11 hits in six innings, walking four and striking out three. The righthander gave up all four of the Bulldogs home runs, as CU was 7-for-16 in the game with runners in scoring position.
Matt Tidwell and Brad Gooch each posted a pair of hits for the Trojans (24-12, 4-3).
The Bulldogs got on the board with four runs in the third to give Schaefer a lead.
Appleton led off with a single and Sam Kikla worked a walk before Miller lined a 2-1 fastball over the 20-foot wall in deep leftcenter, his 12th of the season.
Greener followed with a double just inside the third base bag. He moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single off Son’s glove by Fanshawe.
Cumberland added four more runs in the fourth after a one-out error by Gooch at short allowed T.J. Murphy to reach. Appleton then doubled just short of the centerfield wall and Kikla grounded a two-run single up the middle. Frazier followed with a towering two-run homer to left, his 15th of the season, for an 8-0 Bulldog lead.
The Trojans got a run back in the bottom of the inning, starting with a one-out single from Chad Reynolds. With two outs Chase Birdwell lined to rightfield and Miller misplayed the ball, allowing it to get by him and all the way to the wall for a triple.
Fanshawe got the run back with a solo homer to left to leadoff the fifth, his third home run in the last four games and fourth of the year. Greener launched a solo shot with two outs in the sixth, his nation-leading 17th of the season.
TNU scored a run bottom of the inning after a leadoff single from Chris Hale. Trey Morrison beat out an infield single and Hale moved to third when the ball got away from Appleton at first. Hale scored on a doubleplay ball off the bat of Reynolds.
Frazier and Miller had back-to-back doubles in the eighth for a 11-2 Bulldogs advantage.
Pinch-hitter Eric Vetetoe doubled with one out in the ninth for CU, Adrian Mull drew a two-out walk and pinch-hitter Danny Gallinot was hit, loading the bases. Bowman singled home a run and Foster followed with a two-run single before Greener’s single plated the final run of the game for the Bulldogs.
In the TNU ninth Luke Fennell led off with a single and pinch-runner Jackson Nichols scored when Edwin Borbon’s fly ball fell out of the glove of Bowman in rightcenter.
Cumberland and Trevecca play a doubleheader Saturday starting at Noon at Jackson Field to conclude the series.