LEBANON, Tenn. – Hunter Newman homered and doubled among his three hits and Corey Crunk drove in four runs, including the go-ahead two-run homer, as Trevecca Nazarene limited 12th-ranked Cumberland to just four hits in a 7-4 victory here Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Cumberland (34-15-1) lost for just the second time at home since March 12. The Bulldogs collected just four hits against five TNU hurlers after pounding out 21 hits in Tuesday’s victory over Mid-Continent.
Newman’s solo homer in the second inning put the Trojans (21-16) ahead and Crunk’s two-run blast in the sixth gave TNU the lead for good. Crunk plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and singled home a run in the eighth, with Trevecca adding three insurance runs in the inning.
Daniel Harrison’s solo homer for the Bulldogs tied the game at one and CU scored two unearned runs in the fourth on a double by Brodie Ross and a groundout from Richie Seaton, taking a 3-2 edge. The club failed to record a hit from the fourth until a single by Tyler Anderson in the eighth.
Codi Webb (1-1) tossed one perfect inning, striking out one, to pick up the victory while CU starter Mitch Rainer (1-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out one.
Newman belted a hanging breaking ball for a solo homer to leadoff the second inning, his fifth of the season, giving the Trojans an early lead.
Harrison tied the game with a line drive homer to rightcenter in the bottom of the inning, his second of the year.
Newman nearly hit his second home run of the game in the fourth, lining one high off the wall down the leftfield line. Blake Rogers singled to left, putting runners on the corners, and Crunk’s fly ball down the rightfield line plated Newman for a 2-1 TNU advantage.
Cumberland gained its first lead of the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.
Craig Monson reached on a throwing error by shortstop Mark Rayburn and went to second when a pickoff throw from catcher Trae Weiss sailed into rightfield. Ross traded places with Monson with an RBI double to leftcenter and went to third on a wild pitch.
After Anderson worked a walk, Seaton grounded to first but beat the relay throw on the doubleplay, allowing Ross to score for a 3-2 CU advantage.
Trevecca came back in the sixth, as Newman drew a leadoff walk and after a groundout, Crunk cranked one over the wall in leftcenter, getting a ball into the jet stream for his first home run of the year and a 4-3 Trojans lead.
TNU added three more runs in the eighth on three hits, starting with a leadoff walk to Rogers, who stole second and scored on Crunk’s single to rightcenter. Tyler Tichenor singled through the leftside and after a sacrifice bunt by Alex Aubery, Cameron Boyett chopped a two-run single up the middle for a 7-3 Trevecca advantage.
Cumberland threatened in the bottom of the inning when Harrison was hit and Anderson singled, but Jordan Foreman made a diving catch in deep rightcenter off the bat of Seaton, ending the inning and keeping at least two runners from scoring.
Tyler Alford and Josciel Veras both walked to leadoff the ninth against TNU’s Connor Haddock, but Coru Urquhart grounded into a fielder’s choice and then was picked off at first. Chris Hall blooped a single into shallow center, scoring pinch-runner Chris Del Bianco, but Monson popped out to end the game.
Cumberland hosts Bluefield College this weekend in the final home games of the season. Friday’s single game starts at 2 p.m. followed by Saturday’s doubleheader at Noon.