Cumberland sweeps two at Lyon
Friday, April 22, 2011
Cumberland sweeps two at Lyon
T.J. Murphy collected five hits and scored five times in CU's doubleheader sweep Friday at Lyon College. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. -- T.J. Murphy collected five hits with five runs scored and Aaron Wilkerson and Will Locante combined to allow just one run on six hits, including 13 strikeouts from Locante in six innings, as seventh-ranked Cumberland swept a doubleheader from Lyon College, 10-1 and 11-0, Friday in Batesville, Ark.

Cumberland (38-12, 16-4) remained in first place in the TranSouth Conference with the doubleheader sweep. The Bulldogs have won 12 straight games and 19 of the last 20 contests overall dating to March 22. The final game of the series is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Scots Field.

Wilkerson allowed just five hits and a solo homer in the seventh inning in a 10-1 victory in the opener, with Cumberland scoring five times in the first inning and nine runs in the first three innings. Wilkerson (10-0) won his 24th consecutive decision dating to February 2010. The righthander walked one, struck out 10 and induced a pair of inning-ending ground balls.

Locante (6-2) was as dominant as he has been all season, tying his season-high with 13 strikeouts in just six innings. The lefthander allowed a single in the second and walked the next-to-last batter of the game for Lyon’s only two base runners in the contest.

Murphy was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the opener and went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs in the second game. He was named the Music City Star of the Game for his efforts. Greg Appleton collected three hits and Mike Mandarino and David Fanshawe both recorded two hits in the first game, with Mandarino driving in four runs.

Tommy Winegardner was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs in the second game, as CU scored three times in the third and fourth innings and five times in the sixth inning to shorten the contest.

Chris Good (1-7) took the loss for the Scots (16-27, 4-15) in the opener, getting just one out and allowing five runs on four hits. Wes Coleman was the third Lyon pitcher in the game and kept the Bulldogs off the board for five innings before CU scored twice in the seventh.

In the second game Josh McNatt (6-4) gave up six runs on seven hits with three walks in five innings to suffer the defeat. Jay Husband accounted for Lyon’s only hit in the game and Roger Glaude drew a two-out walk.

Cumberland scored five times in the first inning in the opener, taking early control of the contest.

Appleton and Murphy both singled to start the game and Winegardner reached on an error by Lyon leftfielder Michael Armenteros, loading the bases. Mandarino drove home a pair of runs with a single to center before Cory Farris walked, loading the bases again. Tommy Crews plated a run with a sacrifice fly, Mandarino scored on a wild pitch and Farris came across on Fanshawe’s single up the middle.

CU added three more runs in the second, starting with singles from Appleton and Murphy again and a walk to Winegardner. Mandarino doubled home a pair of runs and Farris plated another with a sacrifice fly for an 8-0 Bulldog lead.

Jesse Bowman and Appleton both doubled in the third inning, giving CU a 9-0 edge, more than enough for Wilkerson. The Scots had a single in the first and a single and a walk in the third, but Chris Johnson bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Singles from Kyle Kallsnick and Gerry Richards in the fourth were erased with a two-out pop fly by Aaron Thornton, and Wilkerson worked around a leadoff error by Winegardner in the sixth, getting Jim Gossett to bounce into a 6-3 twin-killing. Armenteros hit an 0-2 pitch out to left to start the seventh for Lyon’s only run of the day.

The Bulldogs final run of the game came in the seventh, with Crews hitting a one-out double, moving to third on a wild pitch and scoring on Fanshawe’s sacrifice fly.

In the second game the Bulldogs broke through with three runs in the third inning to take the lead.

Murphy was hit with one out and Winegardner followed with an RBI double to leftcenter. Mandarino doubled inside the third base bag, but the ball was called foul. The Bulldogs caught a break with the call, as Mandarino then homered to leftcenter, his 13th of the season.

In the fourth Fanshawe led off with a single and Appleton drew a two-out walk before Murphy’s two-run double to center. Winegardner followed with an RBI single for a 6-0 CU advantage.

Cumberland added five more runs in the sixth, as Appleton was hit with one out and Murphy singled. Winegardner drove home both runners with a double to right and Mandarino reached on an error by Lyon centerfielder Evan Garris. Farris hit the Bulldogs’ eighth double of the doubleheader, scoring two more runs.

Pinch-hitter Cody Ferrell walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch before a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Daniel Harrison plated the final run of the game.