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Win: Galart (3-3) 6.020006
Loss: Sellers (2-4) 2.0811940
Wireman (SSU) 111000
Thurber (SSU) 101000
McGuire (SSU) 301100
Krannitz (SSU) 101100
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Shawnee State0110100351
Cumberland Univ.400000X463
Win: Hill (4-2) 6.253223
Loss: Phillips (2-4) 6.064413
Sellers (SSU) 413101
Jones (CU) 312000
Blackwell (CU) 302000
Baseball sweeps Bears with help from big innings
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Baseball sweeps Bears with help from big innings
Thomas Galart worked six shutout innings, allowing two hits with six strikeouts in the first game Saturday versus Shawnee State. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Thomas Galart tossed six shutout innings and Cumberland exploded for 12 runs in the third inning in a 20-2 victory and the Phoenix completed the sweep with four first-inning runs in a 4-3 win in baseball action Saturday over Shawnee State at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

Cumberland (22-13, 7-2 Mid-South) ended a four-game losing streak this week with the two wins on Saturday and won its third conference series of the year in three tries after the Bears (11-19, 1-8) took the first game Friday, 11-9.

Galart (3-3) limited Shawnee State to just two baserunners in his six innings of work, retiring 11 straight after a leadoff double by Chase Thurber in the second inning, though he was erased trying to stretch it to a triple.

The righthander struck out six and did not walk a batter and got plenty of run support, as CU plated four runs in the first, three more in the second and sent 16 batters to the plate, scoring 12 runs in the third.

Eddie McDaniels was 3-for-4 with four runs scored, LaDarius Williams hit a three-run homer, Peyton Wheatley posted two hits, two RBIs and scored twice and Pablo Custodio added two hits and three runs scored.

Ben Sellers (2-4) took the loss for SSU, allowing nine earned runs on eight hits with four walks in two-plus innings.

Cumberland started quickly in the second contest, scoring four times, including a two-run homer by Jose Vera, but managed just two hits and three baserunners over the final five innings in the 4-3 victory.

Ryan Hill (4-2) gave up three runs on five hits in 6.2 innings for the win, walking two and striking out three. Brad Smith got the final out of the game for his second save.

Bentley Jones and Kyle Blackwell collected two hits apiece and Custodio drove in two runs for CU.

Dalton Phillips (2-4) suffered the defeat for the Bears, allowing four runs on six hits with three strikeouts. He settled down after the shaky start, setting down eight straight at one point and 17 of the final 20 he faced.

Cumberland got started quickly in the opener after a leadoff single from McDaniels and a walk to Bentley Jones. Vera singled home a run and Bentley Jones scored on an error by SSU Phillips. Custodio walked and with two outs, Williams was hit, loading the bases. Peyton Wheatley delivered a two-run single to center for a 4-0 CU lead after one inning.

McDaniels singled to begin the second inning and Bentley Jones doubled before an RBI groundout from Vera. Custodio singled and went to second a wild pitch and Jared Schmidt drove in two runs with a single to right, extending the advantage to 7-0.

Wheatley reached on an error by shortstop Danny McGuire to leadoff the third inning and Bo Saunders and McDaniels both walked, loading the bases. Bentley Jones singled to left, scoring one run, and Saunders came across on a wild pitch. Vera was hit and Custodio’s single to right plated a run.

With one out Blackwell singled through the right side, scoring a pair, and Williams followed with a three-run homer to right. Wheatley then tripled and Saunders followed with an RBI double before a run-scoring single from McDaniels. Pinch-hitter Jacob Herrera extended the inning with a two-run homer to rightcenter for a 19-0 Phoenix lead.

Daulton Smith singled to leadoff the fifth inning for CU and Herrera reached on an error, putting runners on the corners. Tyler Jones singled to right, plating Smith for the team’s final run of the contest.

The Bears got two runs in the seventh, starting with a walk to Sellers and a single to right by Collier Wireman. George Duran walked, loading the bases, and McGuire plated a run with a single to left. Hunter Krannitz scored the other SSU run with a sacrifice fly.

Bentley Jones singled through the left side and Vera followed with an RBI double in the first inning of the second contest. Custodio then homered to left for a 3-0 edge, but the Phoenix were not done in the inning.

Schmidt walked and Blackwell singled through the left side, putting runners on the corners. Williams’ sac fly made it 4-0 Cumberland after an inning.

The Bears answered with single runs in the second and third inning, as Duran walked and McGuire singled to start the second. With one out Blake Marshall’s grounder was booted by Vera, allowing Duran to come across, but Hill got a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.

Sellers homered to right to leadoff the third inning, cutting the CU lead to 4-2. Phillips then reached on an error and Thurber walked, but two groundouts and a caught stealing ended the frame without any more damage.

In the fifth Sellers singled with one out and Thurber doubled with two outs, plating pinch-runner Wireman to make it 4-3. Hill retired the next six batters he faced before Brad Smith got Sellers to foul out to catcher Bentley Jones to end the game.

Cumberland plays at Reinhardt University on Monday at 3 p.m. CT and hosts 22nd-ranked Georgetown College for a three-game series next weekend.