LEBANON, Tenn. – Tommy Winegardner hit a two-run homer, Cory Farris drove in a pair of runs and Matt Vance did not allow an earned run in six innings, leading top-ranked Cumberland to a 6-3 victory and doubleheader split Sunday against Indiana Tech at Ernest L. Stockton Field. The Bulldogs dropped the second game, 5-3.
Mike Mandarino went 3-for-3 with a single, double and homer in the second contest for CU and was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Cumberland (9-3) jumped out in the opening game, 6-0, with two-run innings in the first, second and fourth innings. Mandarino doubled home a run in the first inning and Tommy Crews scored another with a sacrifice fly. Farris’ two-run single in the second gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 edge before Winegardner’s two-run shot in the fourth made it 6-0.
The Warriors (3-6) scored three times in the fifth inning, all unearned, and would have had a fourth run if Jeffrey King had not slipped coming around third base. But Vance got out of the jam and freshman Devin Stovall tossed a perfect seventh for his first save.
Vance (2-0) gave up seven hits in six innings, did not walk a batter and struck out three.
Indiana Tech starter Jason Ferrell (1-1) took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits in five innings with four walks, two hit batters, two wild pitches and five strikeouts.
In the second game it was just the opposite, with Tech jumping out on top against Bulldog starter Cody Ferrell. The Warriors scored once in the first on a two-out single from Riley Muhlenkamp and Taylor Hoisington belted a two-run home run in the second. A leadoff single in the third from Justin Medeiros chased Ferrell from the game.
Gary King’s sacrifice fly later in the inning plated another run for Tech before Mandarino got the Bulldogs on the board with a solo homer in the fourth. But Muhlenkamp answered with his own solo shot in the fifth.
Farris hit a missile over the rightfield wall for a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth, his sixth round-tripper of the season, and the Bulldogs looked to get something going in the sixth after back-to-back singles from Crews and Richie Seaton to start the inning. But pinch-runner Ben Foster was gunned down trying to get to third on Seaton’s single and pinch-hitter T.J. Murphy bounced into a doubleplay to end the inning.
In the seventh Greg Appleton reached on an error with one out and Winegardner drew a walk, but Farris’ looper to the second baseman was caught and Winegardner was doubled off to end the contest.
Warriors freshman Brandon Alger (1-0) did a great job on the mound for Tech, giving up three runs on five hits in 4.2 innings for the win. The lefthander walked three and struck out two.
Zach Brown got the final seven outs for the save, but not without troubles, allowing three hits and a walk.
Ferrell (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in two-plus innings.
The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in each of the first two innings of the opening game and just missed even bigger innings.
Appleton led off the first with a walk and Farris singled with one out. Mandarino’s double to rightcenter scored one run and David Fanshawe followed with a walk to load the bases.
Crews sent one all the way to the wall in center, just to the left of the batter’s eye, but Tech centerfielder Paul McIntosh robbed him of a grand slam with a great catch backing into the wall. Farris scored on the play though for an early 2-0 CU advantage.
Appleton started a two-out rally in the second when he was hit and Winegardner followed with a bloop double to short center. Farris’ single to right in front of a diving Brendan Sontag scored both runners for a 4-0 Bulldog lead.
Cumberland added a pair of runs in the fourth when Appleton was hit for the second time in the game and Winegardner lifted a high fly ball that just cleared the wall in right for his first home run of the season.
The Warriors cut the deficit in half with a three-run fifth inning, which started on an error by Crews at third. McIntosh beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners and Sontag singled to leftcenter to put the visitors on the board.
Jeffrey King followed with a single down the leftfield line and Medeiros doubled off the base of the wall in rightcenter. Sontag scored easily on the play, but King stumbled around third and was unable to score. Muhlenkamp grounded out to end the inning with the Bulldogs still ahead, 6-3.
In the second game the Warriors scored once in the first after a one-out walk to Jeffrey King. He stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Muhlenkamp’s two-out single to center.
Tech added to the lead in the second inning with a one-out walk to Wes Smith and a two-run homer to rightcenter from Hoisington for a 3-0 advantage.
Medeiros singled to leadoff the third, stole second and scored on a long fly ball to center by Gary King for a 4-0 Warriors edge.
The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom of the inning with a pair of walks and an infield single by Winegardner, but Farris flied out to center to end the inning.
Cumberland opens TranSouth Conference action next weekend, heading to Henderson, Tenn., for a three-game series against Freed-Hardeman, the start of a seven-game road swing that will include stops at Texas Wesleyan, Northwood University and LSU-Shreveport.