Frazier's 10 RBIs spark doubleheader sweep
LEBANON, Tenn. – Troy Frazier collected seven hits and 10 RBIs, including a grand slam to end the second game of a doubleheader, and 17th-ranked Cumberland swept a doubleheader from Viterbo University, 10-2 and 15-2, Sunday afternoon at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Cumberland (8-1) won all four of its games over the weekend, defeating Missouri Baptist once and Viterbo three times. The Bulldogs banged out 51 hits in the four outings, scoring 34 runs.
Frazier went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored in the opener, including his first home run of the season, and then added three hits and five more RBIs in the second contest, including a grand slam to end the game in the sixth inning.
Sam Kikla also had a pair of hits and scored three times in the first game for the Bulldogs and registered three more hits with two runs scored and two RBIs in the second contest.
Adam Sprague (2-0) picked up the win in the opener, working five innings and allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Matt Vance and Keith Kirby worked scoreless innings to finish off the victory.
Viterbo starter Howard Heinrich (0-1) was a little on the wild side, allowing six runs on four hits with five walks and three innings. Kyle Dreger gave up four runs on seven hits in two innings of relief for the V-Hawks.
In the second game Brian Karahalios went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Kris Miller added a pair of hits.
Aaron Wilkerson (1-1) posted the victory for Cumberland, giving up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Viterbo starter Cole Clements (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on six hits with three walks in two inning.
In the opener Viterbo (1-5) got on the board with a single run in the first, but the V-Hawks could have had more if not for some bad baserunning. Brett Rettenmeier and Brandon Buelow both singled with one out before a double to rightcenter from Nick Lenzendorf.
Rettenmeier waited to see if the ball would drop but Buelow took off immediately and almost ran up his back. Rettenmeier barely slid in under the relay from Dave Weyer, but Buelow was tagged out in a rundown by David Fanshawe.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the bottom of the inning after Max Kautz walked and Kikla singled to start the frame. After a fielder’s choice, Frazier singled to left, plating Kikla, and a Fanshawe walk loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly from Miller scored a run and Frazier scored later in the inning on an error by Rettenmeier at shortstop.
Cumberland added two more runs in the second, starting with a leadoff walk and stolen base by Weyer. Kikla walked with one out and Matt Greener was hit, loading the bases. Frazier plated a pair of runs with a double down the leftfield line for a 5-1 CU lead.
Greg Appleton reached on another error by Rettenmeier to start the third and Danny Gallinot was hit. The two runners stole and Kautz’s line drive to rightcenter plated Appleton for a 6-1 advantage.
Frazier led off the fourth with a solo homer in the fourth, just inside the leftfield foul pole.
Viterbo added a run in the fifth after Justin Daniels reached on an error by Greener to leadoff. Pinch-hitter Andy Behnke doubled to rightcenter, scoring Daniels, and Rettenmeier followed with a single to center, putting runners on the corners.
But Rettenmeier was thrown out by Fanshawe trying to steal, and Sprague worked out of the jam without further damage.
Cumberland scored three times in the bottom of the inning, starting with one-out singles from Kikla and Greener. Frazier drove home one run with a single and Fanshawe was hit, loading the bases. Miller’s single to left scored another run and Appleton’s sacrifice fly gave the Bulldogs a 10-2 advantage.
In the second game Kautz walked, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored on Frazier’s sacrifice fly in the first inning for an early CU lead.
The Bulldogs added three more runs in the second, starting with a bloop single from Fanshawe and a double by Miller. Karahalios then hit a cue shot just over the third baseman’s head, scoring a pair of runs, and Jesse Bowman followed with a single.
Kikla later plated a run with a two-out single to center. Greener nearly added to the lead with the bases loaded, but his line drive almost hit the centerfielder in stride.
Fanshawe walked to leadoff the third and Miller followed with an RBI double in almost the exact same spot in leftcenter as his two-bagger in the second.
Rettenmeier singled for the V-Hawks to leadoff the fourth and Lenzendorf followed with a line drive RBI double to deep center, over the head of Frazier. Dreger then singled, but was thrown out trying to take second on a ball in the dirt. Wilkerson struck out Behnke and Daniels lined out to right, ending the inning without any further damage.
The Bulldogs came right back in the bottom of the inning, starting with a leadoff double from Kautz and an RBI double by Kikla. Frazier then singled, putting runners on the corners, Greener drove in a run with a single and Fanshawe walked, loading the bases.
Karahalios bounced a single through the middle, scoring two runs, and Shawn Loch’s throw to third sailed high and into the dugout, allowing another run to cross the plate for 10-1 CU advantage.
Viterbo plated a run in the sixth after a one-out double from Rettenmeier and an RBI single from Lenzendorf.
Karahalios picked up his third hit of the day with a double in the bottom of the sixth. He moved to third when Bowman reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch. TJ Murphy and Kikla both walked, loading the bases, before Frazier’s high fly ball to leftfield ended the game and finished off a career-day for the senior.
Cumberland heads to St. Catharine College Tuesday for a 1 p.m. contest and then will play six games in Oklahoma starting Saturday. The Bulldogs return home March 12 to face Shawnee State.