PADUCAH, Ky. – Tommy Crews hit for the cycle in his first four plate appearances, David Fanshawe and Cory Farris each collected three hits and Cumberland pounded out 19 hits in a 14-7 victory over William Jewell on Saturday at the McDonald’s 2011 NAIA Championship Opening Round.
With the victory the Bulldogs (45-15) moved into the championship round of the tournament Sunday at 11 a.m. against Tennessee Wesleyan. Cumberland must defeat TWC twice to advance to the 55th Annual Avista-NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.
Crews was the story of the game for CU with a double in the first, a triple in the third, a two-run homer in the fourth and a leadoff single in the seventh. He drove in three runs and scored four times in the victory and was named the Music City Star of the Game for his efforts.
Farris hit his 12th home run of the year and also had three RBIs, while Fanshawe, Jesse Bowman and Antonio Butler each drove in two runs for the Bulldogs.
Daniel Kern (6-0) tossed six effective innings, allowing three runs on six hits. The righthander was staked to a four-run lead in the top of the first and nine runs through the first four innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Joe Summers registered four hits and Cory Eilers posted three hits with each player driving in two runs for William Jewell. WJC starter Joe Malin (3-4), the first of seven Cardinals (36-21) hurlers in the contest, gave up six runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings.
The Bulldogs scored four times in the first inning to take an early lead.
Greg Appleton singled on the first pitch of the game and T.J. Murphy followed with a walk before a single by Tommy Winegardner loaded the bases. Mike Mandarino’s grounder plated one run and Crews had an RBI double. Another run came across on Fanshawe’s groundout and Farris scored the final run of the inning with an RBI single.
CU added three more runs in the third, starting with a one-out triple to deep center by Crews. Fanshawe followed with an RBI double to left before Farris greeted reliever Jake Fenwick’s first pitch with a drive over the wall in rightfield.
The Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the inning with a double from David Smith and an RBI single by Freddie Adamson.
But the Bulldogs answered with two more runs in the fourth. Mandarino singled with one out before Crews hit a ball into the jetstream toward rightcenter, just clearing the wall for his 11th home run of the season and a 9-1 Cumberland advantage.
William Jewell plated two runs in the sixth inning when Eilers singled, stole second and scored on a triple to rightcenter from Summers. A sacrifice fly by Clarke O’Dowd cut the Bulldogs lead to 9-3.
But again Cumberland responded after the Cardinals scored, plating five runs in the seventh.
Crews singled to start the inning with a single to left, completing the cycle in his first four plate appearances. Fanshawe and Farris both followed with singles, loading the bases for Bowman, who drove home two runs with a single up the middle. Butler’s double down the leftfield line pushed across two more runs before an RBI double from Winegardner.
The Cardinals plated two runs in the bottom of the inning and could have had more, but ran themselves out of the inning.
Randy Cruz led off with a double and Smith walked before a single to right from Jason DeMore loaded the bases. Eilers singled home two runs and Summers followed with a hit, loading the bases again, but Willie Gaball flied out to right and Eilers wandered too far away from second and was picked off trying to get back, ending the inning.
In the ninth DeMore singled and Adamson walked before an RBI double from Summers, his fourth hit of the contest. Tyler Harrison plated a run with a single to right before O’Dowd popped out to end the contest.