LEBANON, Tenn. – Mike Mandarino went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs and 18th-ranked Cumberland scored 10 runs in the final four innings en route to a 13-4 victory over Campbellsville University on Wednesday night in Campbellsville, Ky.
Mandarino singled home a run in the first, hit a solo homer in the fourth and added another RBI single in the sixth. Tommy Winegardner and T.J. Murphy each recorded a pair of hits in CU’s 14-hit attack, while Daniel Harrison collected a two-run homer in the ninth for the Bulldogs (29-12). For his efforts Mandarino was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Matt Vance (4-1) tossed six innings for the win, tying his career-long outing, giving up three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He worked out of jams in the second and fourth innings and stopped a Campbellsville rally in the sixth after the Tigers scored twice, cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-3.
Christian Jennings tossed two shutout innings of relief and Jeremy Hunley saw his first action in the ninth, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts.
Tigers starter Michael Caleb (0-2) lasted 4.2 innings, taking the loss, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Campbellsville (21-12) used three pitchers in the four-run sixth inning when the Bulldogs scored four times to take a commanding 7-1 advantage.
Murphy walked in the first for CU, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Mandarino’s single through the leftside, giving the Bulldogs a quick 1-0 edge.
The Tigers tied the game in the third when Gibby Briones and Danny Lapchak both walked. They moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from Craig Edwards.
Cumberland took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth, starting with a one-out homer from Mandarino. Tommy Crews and David Fanshawe both followed with singles and moved up on a groundout by Richie Seaton. Crews later scored on a wild pitch for a 3-1 CU advantage.
The Bulldogs added four more runs in the sixth to take a commanding lead.
Crews walked and Seaton doubled with one out before a walk to Jesse Bowman loaded the bases. Antonio Butler and Winegardner both collected RBI singles and Murphy walked, forcing in a run. Mandarino’s third hit of the game scored Butler for a six-run advantage for the visitors.
Gabriel Arcoleo homered for Campbellsville to leadoff the bottom of the inning and Michael Durham followed with a single and stole second. Aaron Schwoebel also singled, putting runners on the corners, and Jameel Ziadah plated a run with a sacrifice fly, but Vance got out of the inning without any further damage.
Cumberland pushed across four more runs in the eighth after Butler reached on an error and stole second. Winegardner singled and Butler scored on an infield single by Murphy. Farris then singled to right and both runners came around to score on an error by Ziadah. Farris scored on the play as well for an 11-3 advantage.
Pinch-hitter Cody Ferrell singled to leadoff the ninth for CU and pinch-hitter Daniel Harrison belted his first career home run with two outs in the inning.
Cumberland opens a three-game series Friday with a single game at 1 p.m. at Bethel University. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at Noon.