|March 02, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Portela (3-0)||5.0||2||0||0||3||12|
|Loss: Eder (1-2)||2.0||2||6||5||4||3|
|March 02, 2019||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Hill (1-1)||4.2||6||1||1||2||1|
|Loss: Cantrell (0-3)||5.1||8||5||5||1||7|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Polo Portela struck out 12 in five innings and Bentley Jones posted four hits and three RBIs in Cumberland’s doubleheader sweep against Indiana Wesleyan, 7-0 and 5-3, Saturday in baseball action at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Phoenix (7-7) won their fourth and fifth straight games, limiting the Wildcats (5-12) to just three hits in the first game and four Cumberland hurlers stranded 10 IWU runners in the second contest.
Portela (3-0) tossed five shutout frames in the opener, allowing two hits with three walks and the dozen strikeouts. He worked around eight baserunners to keep Indiana Wesleyan off the board, including a pair of errors and a hit batter. Brad Smith got the final six outs for Cumberland, giving up just a single.
The Phoenix exploded for seven runs on two hits with three walks, a hit batter and an error in the third inning for all of the scoring. Jared Schmidt was hit to force in the first run of the game and two runs came across on a double from Jose Vera and a single by Jones.
IWU starter Calen Eder (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts in two-plus innings.
Ryan Hill (1-1) gave up one run on six hits in 4.2 innings to get the victory for CU in the second contest. Caleb Cox earned his first save, getting the last two outs with the tying run at the plate.
Pablo Custodio and Vera each drove in runs with singles in the first inning and Bo Saunders plated a run with an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch in the second inning. Jones’ run-scoring single in the sixth provided insurance for the Phoenix.
Conner Cantrell (0-3) allowed five runs on eight hits in 5.1 while striking out seven for Wesleyan to take the loss.
Saunders, Eddie McDaniels and LaDarius Williams all walked to start the third inning of the first game for CU and Schmidt was hit, forcing in a run. Custodio’s grounder to short was booted, allowing another run to come across, and Vera followed with a two-run double down the leftfield line, ending the day for Eder.
Two batters later Jones singled up the middle, pushing two runs across, and after a walk to Kameron Armstrong, pinch-runner Reid Bass stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher.
Portela worked around a single in the first, a walk and a single in the second and an error and a walk in the third, striking out the last two batters in the second inning and the final batter of the third. The Wildcats got a walk in the fourth and started the fifth with an error and a hit batter, but Portela ended his day with three consecutive strikeouts to get out of the jam.
Cumberland started quickly in the second contest with a one-out walk to Armstong, who stole second and scored on Custodio’s single to left. A wild pitch moved Custiodio to second and Vera singled up the middle, plating the run for a 2-0 CU lead after an inning.
Brady West hit a solo homer to leadoff the second inning for the Wildcats and Jordan Wharton was hit and Steven Busby singled, but Wharton was tagged out at the plate trying to score on a ball in the dirt to end the inning.
Jones singled to begin the bottom of the frame for the Phoenix and went to second on Jacob Herrera’s sacrifice bunt. Saunders followed with an RBI single to center, then stole second, moved to third on a single from McDaniels and came across on a wild pitch for a 4-1 Cumberland advantage.
Austin Turner singled to leadoff the third for Wesleyan and went to second on a groundout. With two outs Eder singled to left, but McDaniels threw out Turner at the plate to end the inning.
Hill worked around a single and a walk in the fourth and fifth innings, getting a strikeout to strand two runners in the fourth and posting two outs before giving way to James Hatcher for an inning-ending groundout in the fifth.
The Wildcats got the Hatcher in the sixth, though, beginning with singles from Wharton and Busby along with a one-out walk by Noah Bauman. Turner’s groundout plated a run and after another free pass, Tye Thixton’s infield single scored another, cutting the CU lead to 4-3.
Custodio and Vera both singled to start the bottom of the inning for the Phoenix and two batters later, Jones singled to left, driving home pinch-runner Bass with an insurance run.
Cox allowed a one-out single in the seventh but induced a pop-out and a strikeout to end the contest for the save.
Cumberland plays at home again next weekend, taking on Indiana-South Bend in a four-game series. Doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday both start at Noon.