LEBANON, Tenn. – Antonio Butler and David Fanshawe both homered and Aaron Wilkerson tossed eight shutout innings, running his scoreless streak to 34.1, as No. 1 Cumberland won the first of a three-game series over Blue Mountain College, 12-0, Friday night in New Albany, Miss.
The Bulldogs (18-8, 5-2 TranSouth) led 7-0 before five runs in the ninth for the final margin of victory. Blue Mountain (8-17, 1-6) lost its sixth straight contest overall.
Wilkerson (5-0) ran his winning streak to 19 games overall dating to last season while allowing just three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out nine, retiring 24 of the 27 batters he faced in the contest. He was named the Music City Star of the Game for his efforts.
Devin Stovall struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for CU.
Fanshawe doubled twice and hit a solo homer to leadoff the fourth, while Butler belted a two-run homer to get the Bulldogs on the board in the second and scored three times. T.J. Murphy added three hits and three RBIs while Richie Seaton collected two hits and scored a run.
BMC starter John Paul Barber allowed six earned runs in 13 hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out six.
Fanshawe was hit in the second before Butler hit his first homer of the season to give CU a 2-0 advantage in the second inning. The Bulldogs added a run in the third with three singles from Cory Farris, Mike Mandarino and Tommy Crews.
Fanshawe led off the fourth with a solo homer and Butler followed with a single and stolen base. Seaton walked and the two runners moved up on a balk before Murphy plated both with a single through the left side.
Greg Appleton singled to leadoff the seventh for the Bulldogs, stole second, moved to third on a line out and scored on a passed ball.
Cumberland added five more runs in the ninth, starting with two-out walks to Mandarino and Crews. Fanshawe plated both runners with a double and Butler was hit. The two runners moved up on a balk before pinch-hitter Jesse Coe scored pinch-runner Daniel Harrison on an infield single.
Murphy doubled home a run and Tommy Winegardner plated another with a single for the final score of the contest.
Cumberland and the Toppers play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.