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Win: Young (2-4) 6.173322
Loss: White (1-2) 5.045513
McDaniels (CU) 433110
Custodio (CU) 533402
Lester (FHU) 412110
Holmes (FHU) 502300
McPherson (FHU) 502100
Busby (FHU) 412000
Offense comes alive in 12-6 road win
Monday, April 15, 2019
Offense comes alive in 12-6 road win
Pablo Custodio doubled, homered twice and drove in four runs in CU's 12-6 win Monday at Freed-Hardeman. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Pablo Custodio doubled and homered twice, driving in four runs, Eddie McDaniels collected three hits and scored three times and Blake Young tossed six-plus innings in Cumberland’s 12-6 victory over sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman in baseball action Monday in Henderson, Tenn.

The Phoenix (26-19) scored 10 runs over the final four innings, plating three runs in the sixth and ninth innings and two apiece in the seventh and eighth. Custodio drove in runs in four different innings, including solo homers in the fifth and eighth, an RBI double in the sixth and a run-scoring groundout in the ninth.

McDaniels posted three hits, walked, drove in a run and scored three times while Jared Schmidt collected two hits and two RBIs.

Young (2-4) won his second straight start, allowing three runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings. The lefthander retired 12 of the first 14 batters of the game and settled down after a rough fifth innings, giving up just a double in the sixth before exiting after a one-out single in the seventh.

De’Mikyle Holmes recorded two hits and three RBIs for the Lions (34-12) and Dom Pisano scored twice. Tyrek White (1-2) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on four hits in five-plus innings. Cumberland roughed up the FHU bullpen for five runs on 11 hits over the final four frames.

The Phoenix got on the board first when McDaniels walked to leadoff the fourth, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bentley Jones and third on a wild pitch. Schmidt’s groundout to short plated the run for CU.

Freed-Hardeman answered with a one-out homer to deep center, just to the left of the batter’s eye, by Josh Sears, but Cumberland came right back in the fifth with Custodio’s solo homer.

That lead didn’t last long, though, with Zach Sanders drawing a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth for FHU. Christian Busby singled with one out and Bryce Lester’s two-out single up the middle scored a run. Holmes then singled to right, plating Pisano for a 3-2 Lions edge.

McDaniels singled to start the CU sixth and Bentley Jones was hit before Schmidt singled through the left side, loading the bases and ending the day for White. Jose Vera pushed a run across with an RBI groundout and LaDarius Williams scored another with a sacrifice fly before Custodio’s RBI double put the Phoenix in front, 5-3.

Peyton Wheatley and McDaniels both singled with one out in the seventh and Bentley Jones delivered an RBI single up the middle. Schmidt followed with a run-scoring single, extending the lead to 7-3.

Custodio homered to leadoff the eighth for CU and Kyle Blackwell walked, moving to second on a sac bunt by Tyler Jones. Pinch-hitter Jacob Herrera singled through the left side and McDaniels drove in a run with a single to center and a 9-3 Phoenix advantage.

In the ninth Schmidt walked and Vera singled before Williams reached on an error, loading the bases. Custodio’s fielder’s choice scored a run and Blackwell’s sac fly plated another before a two-out single to right plated Custodio with CU’s final run of the game.

Busby and Pisano both singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth for the Lions and Lester walked, loading the bases. Holmes scored two runs with a single to left and Collin McPherson singled to left with two outs, plating another, but Brad Smith got the final out to preserve the win.

Cumberland hosts 24th-ranked Bryan College on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.