Schaefer tosses one-hitter, Bulldogs sweep pair
LEBANON, Tenn. – Shawn Schaefer tossed a complete-game one-hitter in the opener and Greg Appleton hit a two-run homer in the second contest, as Cumberland swept a pair of games Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field, defeating Missouri Baptist, 2-0, and Viterbo University, 7-4.
Cumberland will play Viterbo University again Sunday in a doubleheader starting at 12:30 p.m. The Bulldogs got back to their winning ways with the two victories after dropping the finale of a four-game series last Saturday against the Univ. of St. Francis.
Schaefer allowed just three baserunners and only threw 76 pitches in picking up his second straight victory. The lefthander allowed a single to former teammate Matt Holliman, the second batter of the game, and not another hit the rest of the way.
He retired the side in order in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings, walking a batter in both the fifth and sixth. Only one runner in the game reached third base, Armando Gutierrez with two outs in the fifth.
Cumberland scored its two runs on one play in the fourth. Sam Kikla singled to leadoff and with one out, Troy Frazier doubled to rightcenter. Kikla scored on the play and Frazier advanced to third on the throw. MBU catcher Trevor Sampson made a throw to third to try and cut down Frazier, but it sailed into leftfield, allowing him to score for all of the run support Schaefer would need.
Cumberland managed just three hits in the game, but David Fanshawe was robbed of a home run later in the fourth on a catch by MBU’s Jacob Greminger in leftfield.
Drew Firebaugh (0-2) took the loss for MBU, walking two and striking out three in six innings.
Cumberland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second game after a two-run double from Fanshawe in the first and RBI singles by Kikla and Matt Greener in the second. But CU starter Robert Post committed a two-out error in the third, allowing a run to score, and Viterbo’s Brett Moravec tied the contest with a three-run homer two batters later.
But the Bulldogs scored three times in the bottom of the frame, including Appleton’s two-run homer and an RBI double from Kris Miller to take the lead for good.
Post (2-0) made it stand up, allowing the four runs, all unearned, on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts in six inning. Daniel Kern got the final three outs for his first save.
Moravec (0-1) was also the starting pitcher and took the loss, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in four inning with two walks and one strikeout.
Against Viterbo, the Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the first. Greener and Frazier both singled with two outs before a two-run double to rightcenter from Fanshawe.
In the second inning Brian Karahalios drew a leadoff walk and T.J. Murphy singled with one out. Kikla and Greener both had RBI singles with two outs, giving the Bulldogs a 4-0 advantage.
The V-Hawks quickly tied the game in the third with the aid of two Bulldog errors. Shawn Loch walked with one out, stole second and moved to third when Fanshawe’s sailed into centerfield. With two outs Brandon Buelow’s grounder back to the mound was booted by Post, allowing Loch to score.
Nick Lenzendorf then singled before Moravec helped himself with a three-run homer down the rightfield line, knotting the contest at four.
But the Bulldogs came right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with a single to left by Fanshawe. Miller followed with an RBI double and one batter later Appleton hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot to rightfield. Max Kautz later doubled and Kikla singled with two outs, but Greener lined out to end the inning.
Post worked out of trouble in the fifth with a pitcher’s best friend, an inning-ending doubleplay, and Moravec reached on a single in the sixth and moved to second on an error, but was thrown out trying to steal third.
Kern struck out a pair in the seventh for the save, retiring the side in order.
Fanshawe was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Karahalios, Kikla and Greener all had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.