April 02, 2019123456789RHE
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Win: Foley (1-1) 6.033323
Loss: Straub (1-3) 4.276622
Custodio (CU) 321010
Schmidt (CU) 201110
Williams (CU) 401200
Herrera (CU) 311000
Wheatley (CU) 311201
Symlar (REIN) 412100
Sanders (REIN) 412200
Ugarte (REIN) 402200
Phoenix fall short at Reinhardt, 6-5
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Phoenix fall short at Reinhardt, 6-5
Peyton Wheatley hit a two-run homer in CU's 6-5 loss Monday at Reinhardt. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Peyton Wheatley’s two-run homer capped a three-run fifth inning for Cumberland, but Reinhardt answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning and held off a late CU rally for a 6-5 victory in baseball action Monday in Waleska, Ga.

The Phoenix (22-14) lost their fifth game in the last seven outings, all in the last eight days, managing just five hits against three Eagles (16-14) hurlers.

Pablo Custodio doubled and scored two runs while LaDarius Williams and Wheatley each drove in a pair for Cumberland. Reinhardt turned a pair of doubleplays in the contest, helping erase the five walks issued by Ethan Foley and Connor Hawkins.

Foley (1-1) tossed six innings to get the win, allowing three runs on three hits. He walked two sand struck out three, getting seven ground ball outs. Hawkins gave up two runs on two hits in 2.2 frames, walking three, and Alex Watkins picked off Reid Bass at second to get the final out of the game and the save.

Cristian Straub (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. He walked two and struck out two, running into trouble in the fifth after giving up just two hits and no other baserunners through four complete.

Nick Sanders and Andres Ugarte each collected two hits and two RBIs and Devin Symlar added two hits for Reinhardt.

Cumberland had just two baserunners through the first four innings – a walk by Eddie McDaniels to leadoff the game, but he was caught stealing, and a free pass to Kyle Blackwell, who was erased on a doubleplay off the bat of Jose Vera.

Custodio led off the fifth with a double past the third base bag and reached third on a throwing error by Sanders. Jared Schmidt’s sacrifice fly put the Phoenix ahead, 1-0. With two outs in the inning Jacob Herrera singled to right and Wheatley followed with a two-run homer to left, extending the lead to 3-0.

That didn’t last long, though, as the Eagles answered in the bottom of the inning.

Chandler Wold walked with one out and Isaiah Arnold followed with a single before Kevin Jimenez was hit, loading the bases. Symlar singled to right, plating a run, and a two-run single through the right side by Sanders tied the game at three.

A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third and Ugarte then singled up the middle, scoring two runs as well. Ben Heideman singled to left with two outs, plating pinch-runner Jahari Boone for a 6-3 Eagles advantage.

Bo Saunders reached on a walk in the eighth for CU but was doubled off on a line drive by McDaniels and a one-out single by Schmidt was the only other baserunner for the Phoenix until the ninth.

Custodio and Schmidt both walked with two outs against Hawkins and Williams followed with a two-run double down the rightfield line, cutting the deficit to one, but pinch-runner Bass was picked off by Watkins to end the contest with pinch-hitter Bentley Jones at the plate.

Cumberland hosts 22nd-ranked Georgetown College in a three-game series this weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium. Friday’s single game starts at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader begins at Noon.