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Wesleyan sweeps Phoenix baseball
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Wesleyan sweeps Phoenix baseball
LaDarius Williams posted three hits in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against Tennessee Wesleyan. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Irving Martin struck out eight in a complete game in the opener and Max Dreijer and Anthony Williams both homered in the second contest, leading sixth-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan to a doubleheader sweep, 5-1 and 6-3, over Cumberland in baseball action here Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

Irving Martin (4-2) tossed a gem for the Bulldogs (27-6) in the opener, allowing a first-inning run before retiring 16-of-17 batters from the end of the first inning until one out in the seventh. The righthander allowed four hits and one run, walking one and striking out eight. The only hiccup between the first and seventh was a walk to Kyle Blackwell in the fifth.

Tennessee Wesleyan led just 2-1 until a three-run homer in the sixth by Christopher Shamoy.

Cumberland (20-12) out-hit Wesleyan in the second game, 10-6, but stranded eight runners, six of those in scoring position. CU was just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the game.

Williams belted a three-run homer in the first inning and Draijer hit a two-run shot in the fifth and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Cristian Straub (1-2) battled through six innings for the Phoenix in the opener, walking seven and hitting a batter but giving up just two runs before a three-run homer by Shamoy in the sixth. The righthander gave up five runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.

Tennessee Wesleyan had 13 baserunners but Bentley Jones picked one off and threw out two trying to steal. The Bulldogs also stranded five runners in the victory.

In the second contest Brad Smith (2-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits in five innings. Manny Perez (5-0) worked four-plus innings for the win, giving up one run on six hits with five strikeouts, and Jerry Ochoa got the final nine outs for the save, allowing two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.

LaDarius Williams posted three hits and Jared Schmidt collected two hits and scored twice for CU. Tyler Jones also recorded two hits in the loss.

Draijer and Dan Fry both walked with one out in the first inning of the opener and Adrian Marquez’s chopper up the middle plated a run. Straub got out of the jam with a pop-up and a ground ball with the Bulldogs plating just a run.

Eddie McDaniels and Bentley Jones both singled to start the bottom of the inning for CU, but Jose Vera bounced into a 5-4-3 doubleplay. Pablo Custodio’s grounder just inside the third base bag bounced over the glove of TWU’s Draijer down the line for an RBI double, tying the contest at one.

Alex Flock singled to leadoff the second inning for the Bulldogs but was thrown out trying to steal second. Jhosmel Rodriguez walked with two outs and Tyler Reichenborn singled to right, but Bentley Jones picked off Reichenborn at first to end the inning.

The free passes finally hurt Straub in the fourth when Anthony Williams walked with one out and Flock was hit. With two outs Rodriguez hit a hanging breaking ball for a double down the leftfield line and a 2-1 Bulldogs advantage.

Williams and Flock both walked with one out in the sixth, preceding a three-run blast from Shamoy, well over the wall in right, extending the Wesleyan lead to 5-1.

Schmidt doubled with one out in the seventh for Cumberland, the only hit after the first inning for CU, and LaDarius Williams reached on an error, but Martin struck out Blackwell and Bo Saunders to end the contest.

The Bulldogs started quickly in the second contest, with a two-out double to rightcenter from Fry before a walk by Marquez. Anthony Williams drilled a three-run homer to right for a 3-0 TWU edge after a half inning.

Tyler Jones singled to leadoff the third inning for the Phoenix and with two outs, Bentley Jones singled to rightcenter. Reichenborn cut the ball off but made a bad throw back to the infield, allowing Bentley Jones to take second on the play, but Perez struck out Custodio to end the threat.

Schmidt and LaDarius Williams both singled with one out in the fourth and the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Blackwell’s line drive to center plated Schmidt but pinch-runner Quinten Jabeth was tagged out trying to take third on the play, cutting the deficit to 3-1.

Alex Balter singled to leadoff the fifth for TWU and Rodriguez bunted for a hit. Schmidt made a nice play for the out and pinch-runner Malik Stephens was thrown out attempting to take third. Reichenborn followed with a single just inside the third base bag and Draijer followed with a two-run homer to left, his third of the year, for a 5-1 Bulldogs lead.

Cumberland looked to answer in the bottom of the inning when Tyler Jones singled and Peyton Wheatley walked to start the frame. Eddie McDaniels put down a nice bunt and was called out on a bang-bang play at first. Bentley Jones and Custodio both grounded out to third, ending the inning without any runs for CU.

The Phoenix finally broke through in the sixth with four straight singles, beginning with an infield chopper by Vera. Schmidt singled through the hole between short and third before consecutive singles through the right side from LaDarius Williams and Blackwell, plating a run.

Tyler Jones’ grounder to short pushed across Schmidt, but Wheatley struck out and McDaniels grounded out to end the inning with CU trailing 5-3.

Wesleyan added an insurance run in the seventh when pinch-hitter Braden Mosley was hit with one out and Rodriguez singled through the left side. Reichenborn walked, loading the bases, and Draijer’s line drive to right scored Mosley for a 6-3 TWU advantage.

Cumberland hosts Shawnee State in a three-game series this weekend beginning with a doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m.