Late run sends CU to 5-4 loss
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland tied the game with four runs in the eighth had the tying run at third with one out in the ninth but could not drive him in, as the third-ranked Bulldogs dropped a 5-4 decision Wednesday to Campbellsville University at Tiger Field in Campbellsville, Ky.
Cumberland (29-8) managed just two hits and two walks through seven innings before finally breaking through in the eighth with four runs on five hits. But the host Tigers (18-12) got a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the inning from Luke Gadow for the winning run, ending a 10-game winning streak for the Bulldogs in the series against Campbellsville.
In the ninth pinch-hitter Jesse Bowman walked to leadoff and moved to second on a T.J. Murphy sacrifice bunt. Bowman went to third on a wild pitch, but Max Kautz lined out and Greg Appleton grounded out to end the contest.
Starter Matt McFarland tossed six innings for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout. Christian Jennings (1-1) took the loss, giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts in two innings of work.
Campbellsville starter Rusty Devitt handcuffed the Bulldogs, allowing just two hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two. Cumberland got all of its runs against Alex Tolmachoff, but Ian Pick (6-0) came on to get the Tigers out of a jam in the eighth and pick up the victory. Jared Lunardi posted his first save with three outs in the ninth.
Sam Kikla was the only Bulldog with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI. CU managed only seven hits in the contest after collecting 19 in Tuesday’s 17-16 victory over Lee Univ.
The Tigers scored a run in the second after Richie Rowland walked and Gadow singled to start the inning. Colin Bryan grounded into a 5-3 doubleplay, but Jameel Ziadeh’s single up the middle plated Gadow for a 1-0 Campbellsville lead.
The home team added three more runs in the third, starting with a one-out infield single by Alex Ponich. With two outs Brian Chase singled through the leftside before Logan Smith belted a three-run homer down the leftfield line for a 4-0 Tigers advantage.
The Bulldogs finally broke through in the eighth after Murphy singled to leadoff and moved to second on a wild pitch. Kautz followed with an RBI single and Appleton had another single, with Kautz moving to third on the play after an error by Bryan at short.
Kikla plated a run with a single and stole second before Troy Frazier walked to load the bases. Kris Miller’s single to center scored Appleton and Matt Greener’s groundout plated Kikla, tying the contest at four.
But Campbellsville retook the lead in the bottom of the inning. Michael Caleb started the frame with a bunt single and Smith singled with one out before Gadow’s two-out single to right plated Caleb for a 5-4 Campbellsville edge.
Cumberland plays a three-game series against rival Trevecca Nazarene starting Friday at 2 p.m. at Jackson Field in Nashville.