Greener's seven RBIs power CU sweep
LEBANON, Tenn. – Matt Greener homered twice in one inning and drove in seven runs in the second game of the doubleheader and righthander Robert Post tossed a three-hit shutout in the opener, leading Cumberland to a sweep, 6-0 and 14-2, over the Univ. of St. Francis Friday in the home opener for the Bulldogs at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Cumberland (3-0) swept the doubleheader despite posting just 18 total hits, but the Bulldogs allowed only two runs on 12 hits and struck out 13 total batters while issuing just two walks.
Cumberland used the big inning to take control of the two contests, scoring five times in the third inning of the first game and plating eight runs in the third of the second contest.
David Fanshawe doubled and drove in a pair of runs while Greener added a pair of doubles in the opener, as the Bulldogs managed just eight hits against USF starter Greg Kerro. The Cougar righthander allowed six runs, three earned, on eight hits in six innings.
Post allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out six in the complete game despite taking a line drive in the belt in the sixth inning. The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., native picked up where he left off last season when he gave up just 45 hits in 78 innings of work. Post retired the side in order in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings and faced just three batters over the minimum.
Greener hit a solo homer to leadoff the third and added a grand slam to cap the scoring in the inning in the second game. Sam Kikla went 2-for-3 with three run scored and one RBI, while Brian Karahalios added a pair of hits in the second contest as well.
Cumberland scored five times in the third inning of the opener on five hits and the aid of two Cougar errors.
Dave Weyer singled to leadoff and stole second. Max Kautz followed with a single and Weyer moved up after a failed pickoff throw by Kerro. Troy Frazier reached on another error by the pitcher, allowing Weyer to score. Kris Miller drove home a run with a single to left, Fanshawe followed with a two-run double and his pinch-runner, Jason Frost, later scored on an RBI single from Derrick Harwood.
In the CU fifth Fanshawe drew a two-out walk and Greener drove him in with a double to leftcenter for the final run of the contest.
In the second game St. Francis scored twice in the first, starting with a single by Travis Potchka and a sacrifice bunt from Colin Zweibel. Chase Gaff walked with two outs and Potchka scored on a single from Scott Bickel. Blayke Kaufman’s infield single plated Zweibel for an early lead for the Cougars.
The Bulldogs answered with two runs of their own. Kautz bunted his way on to start the inning, Frazier walked with one out and Miller was hit, loading the bases. Greener plated a run with s sacrifice fly and Greg Appleton’s single up the middle scored another, tying the contest.
Cumberland took the lead with three runs in the second, starting with a double from Karahalios. Jesse Bowman followed with a two-run homer, his first career round-tripper. Kikla later singled and stole second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs added eight more runs in the third, sending 11 batters to the plate in the inning. Greener led off the frame with a solo homer. Appleton followed with a walk and Danny Gallinot was hit. Karahalios singled home a run and Bowman plated a run with a sacrifice fly.
Kikla doubled down the leftfield line with two outs, scoring a run, before Frazier and Miller walked. Greener belted his second home run of the game, a grand slam to dead centerfield for a 13-2 Bulldog lead. Greener hit just four home runs all of last season in 183 at-bats.
In the sixth Miller walked and TJ Murphy singled to right, putting runners on the corners. Jason Frost’s sacrifice fly drove in the final run of the contest.
Luke Whittaker (1-0) tossed four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts to post the victory. Matt McFarland tossed three shutout innings of two-hit relief to earn the save.
USF starter Mickey Owens allowed 10 runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings. Kyle Proxmire tossed the final 3.1 frames, giving up four runs on two hits with four walks.
Cumberland hosts the Cougars again Saturday in a doubleheader starting at Noon at Ernest L. Stockton Field.