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Loss: Harnage (0-4) 6.175414
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Late rallies carry baseball to twinbill sweep
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Late rallies carry baseball to twinbill sweep
Reid Bass slides into third base in CU's doubleheader sweep Saturday at Lindsey Wilson. (Credit Lindsey Wilson Sports Information)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Bo Saunders tied the game with a two-out single in a three-run ninth inning in the first game and Tyler Jones and Kyle Blackwell each drove in two runs in a five-run seventh inning in the second contest propelled Cumberland to a doubleheader sweep, 7-5 and 8-3, against Lindsey Wilson in baseball action Saturday in Columbia, Ky.

The Phoenix (20-9, 5-1 Mid-South) plated three runs in the ninth to win the opener and scored five in the seventh to break open the second contest, running their winning streak in conference play to five games.

Tyler Jones singled with two outs in the ninth and Jacob Herrera drew a walk before a single through the right side by Saunders scored pinch-runner Reid Bass. Peyton Wheatley, who re-entered after the Herrera free pass, took third on the play and came across on an infield single from Eddie McDaniels. Saunders scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the game.

The three-run ninth inning made a winner of Brad Smith (2-0), who got the final out of the eighth and retired 3-of-4 batters in the ninth (one reached on an error), striking out one. Thomas Galart tossed 7.2 innings for the Phoenix, allowing five runs on nine hits. He walked four and struck out five.

Saunders posted two hits and scored twice and Tyler Jones, Bentley Jones and McDaniels each collected two hits in the victory.

LWC starter Ethan Escue gave up three runs on five hits with four walks in five innings. Francisco Arias (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three hits with two walks.

Cumberland scored three times in the fourth inning in the second contest, two on a LaDarius Williams single and another on a throwing error on the play, and CU led 3-1 headed to the seventh.

Blackwell’s two-run single and Tyler Jones’ two-run double, a ball that hit the top of the fence in leftfield, just missing a grand slam, were part of the five-run seventh that broke the game open. Herrera added an RBI single to back another good performance from James Hatcher, who ran into trouble in the seventh.

Hatcher (4-0) gave up three runs on five hits with six walks and four strikeouts. The lefthander walked two in the first and seventh innings but got out of trouble in the first with a doubleplay and did not allow more than one baserunner in any inning from the second through the sixth. Matt Rowe got the final out of the contest.

Jose Vera recorded two hits and two runs scored while Tyler Jones collected two hits and two RBIs.

Chandler Harnage (0-4) gave up four earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings to take the loss. He, too, ran into trouble in the seventh.

The Blue Raiders (5-18, 1-5) got the first run of the game in the opener when Austin Rayno drew a leadoff walk and second to second on a sacrifice bunt by Derek Marrufo. Steven Calderon then doubled down the leftfield line, plating Rayno for a 1-0 lead.

The Phoenix answered in the fourth with a one-out triple by Kyle Blackwell, who scored on a Tyler Jones single to center.

In the fifth Bentley Jones was hit to start the inning and Williams walked with one out. Bentley Jones stole third and Jared Schmidt’s double to leftcenter scored a run. Pinch-runner Kaleb Qualls came across on a sacrifice fly by Blackwell for a 3-1 CU edge.

Lindsey Wilson came right back in the bottom of the frame, with Marrufo drawing a walk. Two batters later Seth Price belted a two-run homer to left, evening the contest at three.

Cumberland pulled back ahead with a run in the sixth, as Saunders walked and took second on a bad pickoff throw. McDaniels grounded back to the mound and the throw to third was high, with both runners reaching safely. Bentley Jones then singled to left for a 4-3 CU advantage.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the eighth when Tyler Maskill led off with a single and moved to second on a sac bunt by Jordan Gardner. With two outs Jed Arend singled through the left side, plating a run, and took second on the throw to the plate. Pinch-hitter Dillon Saunders singled past the first base bag, plating Arend for a 5-4 LWC lead.

Cumberland scored three times in the ninth to take the victory.

In the second game Marrufo and Calderon both walked with one out in the first and Price delivered an RBI single up the middle. Maskill followed with a single and the Blue Raiders looked to score again, but Hatcher induced a 4-6-3 inning-ending doubleplay from Gardner to end the frame.

Cumberland finally got to Harnage in the fourth when Vera led off with a single and Schmidt and Tyler Jones were both hit, setting up the two-run single from Williams. Rightfielder Calderon made a wild throw on the play, allowing Tyler Jones to come across for a 3-1 CU edge.

In the seventh McDaniels walked with one out and Bentley Jones was hit before Vera also drew a free pass, loading the bases. Blackwell singled to left, plating two runs, and after a Schmidt single to left loaded the bases again, Tyler Jones just missed a grand slam, doubling off the leftfield wall to score two more.

Herrera followed with an RBI single for the final run of the inning.

Manny Chavarria walked with one out in the bottom of the inning and Rayno doubled before a sac fly from Marrufo. Calderon reached on an error, allowing Rayno to score, and after a walk to Price, Rowe was summoned to get the last out, a ground ball to second by Maskill.

Cumberland plays a single game Monday at Noon at Bethel University and begins a five-game homestand and a stretch of 10 contests in 11 outings at Ernest L. Stockton Field with a doubleheader Wednesday versus sixth-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan at 1 p.m.