Miller’s 4-for-4 day leads Cumberland victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland University set season highs for both hits and runs scored as the Bulldogs turned a tight game into a rout Wednesday, defeating Georgetown College 17-7 in a mercy-rule shortened contest at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs (19-5) got at least one hit from each spot in the batting order, totaling 19 and topping the previous high of 15, which they did twice – versus Viterbo University on Feb. 28 and again on March 12 against Shawnee State.
Kris Miller went 4-for-4, while Matt Greener went 3-for-4. Four other Bulldogs had multi-hit games with David Fanshawe, Sam Kikla, Max Kautz and Dave Weyer each picking up a pair of hits.
Cumberland fell behind 3-0 after the top of the first inning and 6-3 going into the home half of the third before exploding for four runs in the bottom of the frame to take its first lead of the contest. CU added six more in the sixth and kept the Tigers (7-13) from scoring again until the top of the seventh inning thanks to a strong pitching performance from Matt Vance.
The redshirt junior from Castalian Springs, Tenn., came on in relief of Peter Taraskevich, who gave up four runs on four hits in 1 2-3 innings and left after just 29 pitches. Vance (2-1) closed out the game, allowing the final three runs, all of which were unearned, on four hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Leading 9-6 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Cumberland sent 10 batters to the plate. After a fly out to start the frame, five straight Bulldogs reached base – four on singles and one by walk – before Georgetown recorded the second out, which came on a sacrifice fly by Weyer. CU had two more hits in the inning and went ahead 15-6.
The Tigers added a run in the top of the seventh before the Bulldogs closed the door with a pair of runs and the 10-run victory in seven innings.
Miller, who doubled in his first two at-bats, led off with his second single of the contest, sneaking one through the left side of the infield. A double by Eric Vetetoe put Miller on third and put the Bulldogs in good position to end the game with no outs. Adrian Mull’s single into center field plated one run and moved Vetetoe to third. After the first out of the frame, pinch hitter Danny Gallinot lifted a fly ball into right-center field and Vetetoe tagged up, crossing the dish ahead of the throw and ending the game.
Greener and Kautz each hit two-run home runs, with Greener’s coming in the third inning and Kautz’s in the fifth. Cumberland, which raised its team batting average to .341, has now hit 41 dingers as a team and at least one long ball in 19 of its 24 contests.
The Bulldogs host a three-game series against Davenport University this weekend, playing two games on Saturday at noon and a single game on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.