LEBANON, Tenn. – Chris Gilbody hit a grand slam and Shota Usada added a two-run homer, as 21st-ranked Georgetown College scored four runs in the eighth and eight more in the ninth, breaking open the contest in a 17-2 victory over Cumberland in baseball action Friday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Tigers (29-9, 4-3 Mid-South) pounded out 18 hits against four Cumberland (22-16, 7-3) hurlers. Georgetown led 5-2 headed to the eighth before a two-run double by Wall and then a two-run homer from Usada stretched the lead to 9-2.
Georgetown added eight more runs in the ninth, capped by Gilbody’s grand slam.
That backed seven seven strong innings from Bryan Torres (5-2), who allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. The righthander walked four and struck out four, tossing just 85 pitches.
Tyler Wagner posted four hits with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored while Nick Giambalvo added four hits and Usada was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Cumberland starter Polo Portela (5-1) gave up eight runs on 11 hits in 7.1 innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He got off to a shaky start, allowing four runs in the first, but settled down, retiring 11 straight at one point, before running into trouble in the eighth.
Jose Vera collected two of CU’s five hits and Eddie McDaniels drove in both runs for the Phoenix.
The Tigers plated four runs on four hits in the top of the first to take an early lead, starting with a hit batter by Ryan Gaynor before a single to right by Giambalvo. Val Stammler’s doubled to leftcenter plated a run and Wagner followed with a two-run double down the rightfield line. With two outs Usada singled to left, scoring Wagner for a 4-0 advantage.
The Phoenix got two runs back in the fifth after leadoff singles from Kyle Blackwell and Peyton Wheatley. The runners moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Bo Saunders and a double from Eddie McDaniels plated both, but CU missed a chance for more. Bentley Jones grounded into a fielder’s choice and Vera singled before a strikeout by Pablo Custodio ended the inning.
Georgetown added a run in the seventh when Gilbody doubled down the leftfield line with two outs and Gaynor followed with an RBI single through the left side, extending the lead to 5-2.
The Tigers broke the game open in the eighth and ended the day for Portela.
Gaimbalvo led off with a single and moved to third on a one-out single from Wagner, who stole second. Joseph Wall then doubled down the leftfield line, scoring both runners and forcing a pitching chance for CU. Usada greeted Phoenix reliever Caleb Cox with a two-run homer to leftcenter, stretching the advantage to 9-2.
Georgetown poured it on in the ninth with eight more runs, starting when Gaynor was hit and Giambalvo homered to right for an 11-2 Tigers lead. Wagner doubled to rightcenter and Wall walked before Usada was hit, loading the bases.
Wagner scored on a balk and Wall came across on a wild pitch before a walk to Eric Thrower. Gabriel Figueroa was also hit, loading the bases again, and Gilbody delivered a grand slam for the final blow.
Cumberland and Georgetown conclude the series with a Noon doubleheader.