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PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Purpera (4-1) 2.201132
Loss: Dohr (2-3) 7.122236
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Mira (CU) 502010
Sierra (CU) 422222
Gordon (CU) 612000
Kellogg (CU) 512201
Arellano (UC) 622402
Dominguez (UC) 502000
Santos (UC) 412110
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Univ. of Cumberlands2030000561
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Young (3-1) 4.110000
Loss: Easterwood (3-3) 3.032233
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Sierra (CU) 433100
Gordon (CU) 413300
Prado (UC) 411000
Arellano (UC) 311010
Martinez (UC) 211201
Diaz (UC) 301100
Ramos (UC) 201010
Santos (UC) 301100
Phoenix baseball salvages final game of series
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Phoenix baseball salvages final game of series
Blake Young tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to get the win in CU's 8-5 victory Saturday at the Cumberlands. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Blake Young tossed 4.1 innings of scoreless relief to get the win while Rayden Sierra and Mykel Gordon each posted three hits and Gordon drove in three runs, as Cumberland salvaged the final game of the series, 8-5, at 13th-ranked University of the Cumberlands in baseball action Saturday in Williamsburg, Ky.

Sierra homered twice in the doubleheader opener and Cumberland scored on a passed ball in the top of the 12th inning, but Orley Arellano’s second two-run homer provided a walk-off, 6-5 win for the Patriots in 12 innings in the first game of the day. The Phoenix lost 8-7 in the series opener Friday night thanks to six errors and a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth.

Cumberland (29-17, 7-7 Mid-South) plated four runs in the third inning in Saturday’s victory, including a two-run double from Jared Schmidt, but as they did all weekend, the Patriots (42-6, 12-1) answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot from Raudy Martinez, knotting the game at five.

RBI singles from Sierra and Gordon in the sixth pushed the Phoenix back into the lead and Cumberland executed a double steal in the seventh for an insurance run.

Young (3-1) did the rest, retiring eight straight batters before a one-out single in the seventh, but the lefthander induced a 5-4-3 doubleplay to end the game. He did not walk a batter nor have any strikeouts, getting six fly ball and six ground ball outs.

Sierra finished 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI and three runs scored while Schmidt added two hits and two RBIs to go with Gordon’s three hits and three RBIs. Carlos Moseley also had two hits for CU.

In the opener Cumberland scored three times in the sixth inning on a solo homer from Sierra, his second of the game, and a two-run shot by Caleb Kellogg, tying the game at four. Schmidt scored on a wild pitch in the 12th inning before Arellano’s two-run blast ended the game.

Travis Dohr (2-3) was the tough-luck loser for the Phoenix, allowing a walk in the fifth, a single in the sixth. He worked around an error in the seventh and retired 12 consecutive batters until a walk in the 11th inning. He walked the leadoff hitter in the 12th and two batters later, Arellano hit the two-run homer to end the contest.

The righthander allowed two runs on two hits in 7.1 innings of relief, walking three and striking out six. CU starter Polo Portela worked four innings, giving up four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

UC starter Zach Hurley struck out 14 batters in 8.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks. Nicholas Purpera (4-1) got the win, working 2.2 innings of relief, giving up one run on no hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

In the opener Sierra homered to rightcenter with two outs in the first and Gordon followed with a double down the rightfield line. Kellogg then singled to center, but Gordon was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

The Patriots answered in the bottom of the inning thanks to a leadoff single from Roberto Prada and a two-run homer by Arellano. Two singles and a walk later in the inning set-up the home team for an even bigger inning, but Martinez was thrown out stealing and Portela struck out Daniel Diaz and Bryan Benz to end the frame.

Andrew Ramos walked to start the fourth inning for the Cumberlands and he scored on a one-out double to left by J.C. Santos, who took third on an errant throw to the infield and came across on Reed Spata’s executed suicide squeeze bunt, extending the UC advantage to 4-1.

The Phoenix got back into the contest in a three-batter stretch in the sixth inning, including Sierra’s second solo homer of the game. Gordon followed with a single and Kellogg’s two-run blast to right knotted the contest at four.

Nick Mira singled and Carlos Moseley walked to leadoff the eighth inning for CU, but Hurley struck out Sierra and Gordon and got Kellogg to groundout, ending the threat. Mira also singled to start the 10th inning but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. Moseley then singled and Sierra walked, but Gordon bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the inning.

In the 12th inning Schmidt and Mira both walked and with two outs, Sierra also drew a free pass, loading the bases. Schmidt scored on a wild pitch, giving Cumberland a 5-4 edge before the game-winning, walk-off home run.

Sierra doubled with two outs in the first inning of the second contest and Mira walked, setting up an RBI single from Gordon for a quick 1-0 CU advantage.

The Patriots came right back, though, with Prada singling to leadoff before Arellano reached on an error. Cumberland started Curtis Hoppe got a fly ball and a groundout, but Diaz plated a run with a single and Alex Dominguez later scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 Cumberlands edge.

Moseley and Sierra both singled with one out in the third inning and moved to second and third on a passed ball. Mira and Gordon collected back-to-back RBI singles and Schmidt followed with a two-run double, giving the Phoenix a 5-2 lead.

Arellano walked to leadoff the bottom of the inning and Martinez hit a two-run homer to left. Dominguez walked and with one out, Ramos singled. Santos plated a run with a two-out double down the rightfield line, ending the day for Hoppe.

Young kept the Patriots in check and in the sixth, Andy Garretson drew a leadoff walk and took second on a groundout by Moseley. Sierra’s single through the left side scored a run and he stole second before a two-out RBI single to left by Gordon.

In the seventh Hector Morales reached on a throwing error by UC third baseman Santos, reaching third on the play. Pinch-hitter Kyle Blackwell walked with one out and with two outs, pinch-runner Nathan Vaughn and Morales executed the double steal, with Morales scoring an insurance run for the Phoenix.

Cumberland plays a doubleheader on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Brescia University and finishes the regular season with a three-game series next weekend at Shawnee State.