Greener's two homers help CU sweep Davenport
LEBANON, Tenn. – Shawn Schaefer tossed a one-hitter and Matt Greener hit a pair of home runs in the opener and the Bulldogs scored five runs in the fifth inning to erase a three-run deficit, as 19th-ranked Cumberland swept a doubleheader from Davenport Univ., 11-0 and 9-4, Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs (21-5) swept their fifth doubleheader of the season and picked up wins No. 20 and 21, something they did not accomplish until April 4 last year.
Schaefer (5-0) allowed a leadoff single to Joe Hill and then retired the next 15 batters for the victory, striking out six for his fifth consecutive victory and fourth complete game of the season. The lefthander was perfect after Hill’s single, getting seven ground ball outs.
Greener hit a three-run homer in the first and a two-run shot in the fourth, his eighth and ninth round-trippers of the season. Kris Miller added three hits and a pair of RBIs while Troy Frazier and Dave Weyer had two hits apiece.
Davenport starter Cody VanKoevering (1-3) took the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits in two innings.
In the second game the Bulldogs fell behind 4-1 before erasing the deficit with a five-run fifth, which included an RBI double from Sam Kikla, a run-scoring single by Frazier and a two-run homer from Miller, his ninth of the year as well.
CU starter Keith Kirby allowed four runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings and got no decision. Peter Taraskevich (2-0) got one out to pick up the victory, while Daniel Kern posted his fourth save of the season with two shutout innings.
Davenport starter Andy Westerburg kept CU in check for four innings with a late-breaking slider, but the righthander’s wildness finally paid off for the Bulldogs in the fifth. Westerburg allowed four runs on just three hits while walking four and striking out five for the Panthers (7-12).
Reliever Jarrett Luyk (0-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits in one inning of work.
Kikla, Frazier, Miller and Greener accounted for all eight of the Bulldogs hits, with Frazier adding three RBIs and Miller a pair.
The Bulldogs got off to another quick start in the opener, scoring three times in the first, all after two men were out. Frazier and Miller both singled before Greener lifted a high drive to right that continued to carry and landed just over the wall near the line for a three-run homer.
CU added four more runs in the second, starting with a one-out walk to Greg Appleton. Weyer singled to left with Appleton on the move, and both runners moved up a base. Max Kautz then doubled down the rightfield line, scoring both runners, and Kautz came across on a single up the middle from Kikla. Miller singled down the leftfield line with two outs, plating Kikla for a 7-0 Bulldog lead.
Cumberland added a run in the third, as David Fanshawe singled to start the frame. Pinch-runner Jason Frost moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Appleton’s single past the third baseman.
CU put the game away with three more runs in the fourth, starting with an infield single by Frazier. Miller followed with an RBI double to rightcenter before Greener belted his second homer of the game, again to rightfield, for an 11-0 CU advantage.
The Panthers and Bulldogs both stranded a pair of runners in the second inning of the second game, but Davenport plated a two runs in the third to take the lead.
James Folske drew a one-out walk and Matt Collins followed with a single. Austin Licon’s single to center plated a run and Brian Spykerman’s single to center with two outs scored Collins.
The Bulldogs got a run back in the fourth after a one-out double from Miller. He moved to third on a ball in the dirt and Fanshawe drew a two-out walk. Pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow and Miller executed the double steal to perfection, with Miller scoring easily to cut the deficit in half.
But the Panthers came right back with two runs in the fifth after leadoff singles from Collins and Licon. Matt McNeil’s deep fly ball moved Collins to third and pinch-runner Travis Laver stole second, putting runners on second and third. Spykerman’s line drive plated a run and Laver scored on a wild pitch.
Cumberland scored five runs before DU recorded an out in the bottom of the inning, giving the home team the lead for good.
T.J. Murphy drew a leadoff walk before Kikla laced a double just inside the first base bag, plating pinch-runner Weyer. Jesse Bowman then hit a ball hard at McNeil in rightfield, which was misplayed, going off his glove.
Kikla came around to score on the play. The error also chased Westerburg from the game, but Frazier greeted Luyk with an RBI single to left, tying the contest at four. Miller then roped a drive to deep center that sent David Stuppy all the way to the wall. The ball cleared the fence just to the right of the batter’s eye, giving the Bulldogs a 6-4 advantage.
CU added three more runs in the sixth, as Adrian Mull drew a leadoff walk and Kikla singled with one out. Pinch-hitter Brian Karahalios loaded the bases with a walk before a two-run single to leftcenter from Frazier. Greener’s chopped through the middle plated Bowman for the final run of the game.
Cumberland and Davenport will play a single game Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Bulldogs end their current 11-game homestand Tuesday with a single game versus Campbellsville University at 2 p.m.