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Young tosses shutout; Schmidt, Vera each homer twice in CU sweep
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Young tosses shutout; Schmidt, Vera each homer twice in CU sweep
Blake Young came within two outs of a no-hitter and worked nine scoreless innings in Wednesday's doubleheader sweep against Brescia. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Blake Young tossed a one-hit shutout in the opener and Jared Schmidt and Jose Vera each homered in both games, as Cumberland swept a doubleheader, 4-0 and 15-3, against Brescia University in baseball action Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

Cumberland has moved its weekend series at Campbellsville University to Thursday-Friday, with Thursday’s single game set to begin at 3 p.m. Friday’s game times will be determined Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

Young (1-4) retired 21-of-24 batters, striking out three and tossing just 67 pitches. He did not walk a batter and the only Bearcats to reach through six innings came on three errors by the Phoenix. Zach Scheid’s grounder deep in the hole on the left side with one out in the seventh accounted for the only Brescia hit, but Rafael Ballenilla bounced into a 6-4-3 doubleplay to end the contest.

Cumberland (25-16) led just 1-0 until a two-run homer by Schmidt and a solo shot from Vera in the bottom of the fifth. CU managed only six hits in the contest.

Zach Johnson (1-1) suffered the loss for Brescia, giving up four runs on five hits in five innings. He walked four, hit a batter and struck out five, keeping Cumberland off-balance for most of the game.

Schmidt homered to leadoff the second contest, but Mark Liberato’s bases-clearing double in the fourth inning put the Bearcats in front, 3-1. Cumberland answered with a nine-run bottom of the fourth, including a two-run double by Kyle Blackwell that tied the game. Vera finished the inning with a three-run homer.

Young worked two scoreless innings to start game two. Ryan Hill (6-2) got the final two outs of the fourth inning when Brescia (10-23) took the lead to get the win and Davis Green tossed three scoreless frames for the save, allowing two hits with no walks.

Schmidt posted three hits with two RBIs and three runs scored and Vera was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Wyatt Griskey (0-4), the third of six Bearcats hurlers, suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on seven hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Eddie McDaniels walked to leadoff the first inning in the opener and stole second. The throw got past the middle infielders into centerfield, allowing McDaniels to take third, and he scored on a ground ball to second by LaDarius Williams for a 1-0 CU lead after an inning.

The Phoenix loaded the bases in the fourth with walks to Vera and Blackwell, though Vera was thrown out trying to steal third. Jacob Herrera was hit and Peyton Wheatley struck out but reached on a wild pitch before an inning-ending fly ball to leftcenter by Bo Saunders.

The Phoenix finally broke through with more support for Young in the fifth inning with a leadoff single by McDaniels, though he was thrown out trying to steal second. Williams singled to right and Schmidt followed with a two-run blast to left. With two outs Vera homered to left as well for a 4-0 CU advantage.

Cumberland loaded the bases in the sixth against Brescia reliever Nate Cissel. Herrera led off with a triple to right and with two outs, McDaniels and Williams were both hit, but Schmidt grounded out to second to end the inning.

Schmidt belted a solo homer with two outs in the first inning of the second contest, a no-doubter down the leftfield line for his 10th home run of the season.

The Bearcats finally got on the board in the fourth inning, taking advantage of wildness from the home team.

Kyle Taylor walked with one out and Alejandro Hernandez singled to left. Yonnelle Firebrace was hit, loading the bases, and Liberato laced a double into the leftfield corner, clearing the bases for a 3-1 Brescia edge.

The Phoenix answered in the bottom of the frame, starting with a bloop single to rightcenter from Schmidt and an infield dribbler by Vera. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and with one out, Blackwell doubled down the leftfield line, plating both runners to even the game at three.

Two batters later Daulton Smith grounded a double past the third base bag, trading places with Blackwell, and Herrera followed with a two-run homer to leftcenter for a 6-3 CU advantage.

Cumberland was not done in the inning, though, with McDaniels reaching on an infield single before an RBI double to rightcenter from Williams. Schmidt walked and Vera drilled a three-run homer to left, extending the lead to 10-3.

In the sixth Cameron Jennings and Carlos Hernandez both singled and Schmidt followed with an RBI double to rightcenter. Chance Fogel’s grounder to third was thrown away, allowing Hernandez to score.

Isaaac Wilson and Tyler Jones both walked with two outs, forcing in a run, and Smith was hit, pushing across another. Kaleb Qualls then singled through the leftside, plating the final run of the game for the Phoenix.