LEBANON, Tenn. – Tommy Crews hit a pair of three-run home runs in the first three innings, one from each side of the plate, and Crews, David Fanshawe and Cory Farris belted back-to-back-to-back home runs, as top-ranked Cumberland scored 16 runs in the first three innings and cruised to a 16-2 victory over No. 17 Campbellsville on Tuesday night at Veterans Field.
Daniel Kern (3-0) struck out 10 in six innings of work to pick up the victory, giving up an unearned run on five hits in perhaps the most impressive outing of his career, as the Bulldogs split a pair of games on Tuesday after falling to sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle, 11-9, earlier in the day.
Cumberland (20-11) jumped out with three runs in the first, then added eight more runs in the second and five in the third. The Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits and recorded 42 hits in three games over the last two days.
Crews finished the game 3-for-4 with seven RBIs and three runs scored, while Jesse Bowman, Mike Mandarino and Farris each collected two hits for the Bulldogs. For his efforts Crews was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Danny Lapchak recorded two of Campbellsville’s six hits in the contest. The Tigers (12-10) used five pitchers, with starter Andrew Shoemaker (1-1) recording just four outs while allowing nine runs on seven hits.
The Bulldogs jumped out early with three runs in the first, as Jesse Bowman singled with one out and Mike Mandarino singled with two outs before Tommy Crews belted a 1-2 pitch over the wall in leftcenter for a 3-0 CU advantage.
Cumberland sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring eight runs to take a commanding lead.
Cory Farris beat out an infield single to start the inning and T.J. Murphy was hit with one out. Tommy Winegardner then singled to center before a bases-loaded walk to Bowman forced in a run. Greg Appleton singled home two runs and Mandarino and Crews followed with RBI singles as well.
David Fanshawe walked to load the bases again and Antonio Butler and Murphy also walked, forcing in runs and giving the Bulldogs an 11-0 lead.
CU plated five more runs in the third, starting with a single from Bowman and a walk to Mandarino before Crews hit his second three-run homer of the game, this one from the leftside. Fanshawe and Farris followed with solo shots for a 16-0 Cumberland advantage.
Cumberland plays at Lindsey Wilson on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and will host Ottawa University in a doubleheader Saturday starting at Noon.