March 06, 2019123456789RHE
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Reinhardt University102210100780
Win: Rowe (2-0) 2.010001
Loss: Casasola (1-3) 1.023331
Custodio (CU) 512000
Vera (CU) 512000
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Wheatley (CU) 322120
Sanders (REIN) 312200
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Phoenix complete comeback in 8-7 win over Reinhardt
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Phoenix complete comeback in 8-7 win over Reinhardt
Kyle Blackwell drove in the tying and winning runs with a single in the ninth in CU's 8-7 win Wednesday over Reinhardt. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Kyle Blackwell’s two-run single capped a three-run ninth inning Cumberland scored four runs in the sixth as well, overcoming a five-run deficit to defeat Reinhardt University, 8-7, in baseball action Wednesday at LakePoint in Emerson, Ga.

Eddie McDaniels drove home two runs with a single in the sixth inning after walks to Peyton Wheatley and Kameron Armstrong forced in runs, pulling the Phoenix (8-7) within 6-5. The Eagles (6-8) plated a run in the seventh, but Cumberland answered with three runs in the ninth.

McDaniels and Bentley Jones both walked to start the ninth and Jared Schmidt doubled down the leftfield line, plating a run and putting the tying and winning runs in scoring position. Reinhardt reliever Heriberto Casasola retired the next two batters, but Blackwell delivered a two-run single to right for an 8-7 CU edge.

Matt Rowe (2-0) gave up a single but induced a game-ending 5-4-3 doubleplay to get the victory, tossing two scoreless innings of relief. He and Ryan Hill allowed one unearned run on two hits with no walks and one strikeout in four innings, giving the Phoenix to chance for the comeback. CU starter Blake Young last just 2.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits with two walks.

Reinhardt plated a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings and single runs in the first and fifth for a 6-1 advantage.

The Phoenix loaded the bases to begin the sixth with singles from Pablo Custodio and Jose Vera along with a walk to Blackwell. Wheatley and Armstrong both walked, forcing in runs, and McDaniels delivered a two-run single to leftcenter, cutting the deficit to 6-5.

Reinhardt plated an insurance run in the seventh when Christopher Basilio led off with a triple and later came across on a wild pitch, setting up the drama in the ninth.

McDaniels finished 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and three RBIs while Custodio, Vera, Blackwell and Wheatley each collected two hits for the Phoenix, who stranded nine in the win.

Nick Sanders and Basilio both posted two hits and Devin Symlar scored three times for Reinhardt.

The Eagles plated a run in the first after a leadoff single from Symlar, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sanders. Basilio followed with an RBI single rightcenter.

Reinhardt added to its lead in the third, starting with a leadoff walk to Symlar and Sanders was hit. Basilio’s sac bunt pushed the runners to second and third and Andres Ugarte’s two-run double to rightcenter ended the day for Young.

The Eagles were back at it again in the fourth after a one-out walks to Chandler Wold and Keven Jimenez. A fielder’s choice put runners on the corners, but Sanders delivered a two-out, two-run triple, extending the Reinhardt advantage to 5-0.

Cumberland finally got on the board in the fifth thanks to a leadoff single by Wheatley and walks to Armstrong and Bo Saunders. Wheatley scored on a fielder’s choice by McDaniels, but that was all after fly balls from Jones and Schmidt ended the inning.

Ugarte reached to start the bottom of the inning on a two-base error by Wheatley and pinch-runner Jahari Boone scored on a single up the middle by Ben Heideman, giving the Eagles a 6-1 lead.

Cumberland hosts Indiana University-Kokomo for a doubleheader Thursday starting at Noon at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.