February 16, 20201234567RHE
Oklahoma City1010210561
Cumberland Univ0011001361
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: Goldston (2-1) 7.0633110
Loss: Nick Hoefling (0-2) 5.055407
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Lierle (OCU) 302000
Mykel Gordon (CU) 303000
February 16, 20201234567RHE
Madonna University0000000033
Cumberland Univ101000X231
PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Win: James Hatcher (1-1) 7.0300311
Loss: Daniel Gore (3-1) 2.122143
BattingABRHRBIBBHR
Adrian Reed (MADONNA) 301000
Frankie Lucska (MADONNA) 301000
Kyle Aniol (MADONNA) 201010
Mykel Gordon (CU) 301100
Josh Morgan (CU) 301000
Reid Bass (CU) 301000
Hatcher throws a gem in game two against Madonna
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Hatcher throws a gem in game two against Madonna
James Hatcher tosses a complete game three hit shutout over RV Madonna. (Credit: Michael Rogers)

LEBANON, Tenn.-  Cumberland University baseball lost game one of the double header to No. 10 Oklahoma City, but bounced back for a 2-0 shutout over Madonna behind a complete game from James Hatcher.

Cumberland vs Oklahoma City

Mykel Gordon posted three hits and Izzy Velez crushed his first home run of the year, but No. 10 Oklahoma City hit two home runs and executed a suicide squeeze in a 5-3 victory over Cumberland.

Cumberland starter Nick Hoefling pitched a solid game throwing into the sixth inning picking up seven strikeouts and only walked one. Hoefling was stung by the homerun ball, but outside of two swings he gave the Phoenix a good effort.

Oklahoma City starter Brandon Goldston threw a complete game giving up six hits and three earned runs. Goldston collected 10 strikeouts and walked only one Cumberland batter.

Ty Williams hammered a home run over the right field wall. The solo shot was his third home run in two games against the Phoenix.

Noah Barks singled to lead off the third inning and the nine hole Dylan Turner was hit by a pitch. Leadoff man Gunner Halter dropped a ball in the Bermuda triangle in center field, but Hughes was able to gun down the runner at second for a fielder’s choice, but Barks advanced to third on the play. Cross Factor drove the ball to center field, but Hughes was able to track it down bringing in a run, 2-0 Oklahoma City.

Izzy Velez led off the third inning with a no doubt home run over the left field fence.

Vera and Gordon picked up back to back singles in the fourth. Vera advanced on a fielders’ choice from Hughes. Bass hit a sac fly to deep center to bring home Vera, 2-2 after four innings.

Dylan Taylor was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and the next batter Halter drove a pitch on the outside half over the right field fence for his third home run of the series, Oklahoma City up 4-2 going into the bottom of the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Dalton Reed hit a chopper to Mykel Gordon at first base that Gordon let get by him allowing Reed to go to second. Bryson Lierle roped a single to left ending the day for Hoefling. New pitcher Matt Risko came in and the Stars executed a suicide squeeze to push another across to make it 5-2.

Brad Smith threw the seventh inning giving up no runs on no hits and no errors in the heart of the Stars lineup.

Gordon led off the seventh with a single, followed by fielding error from the short stop to put runners on first and second with no one out. Bass flew out bringing up pinch hitter Tyler Stokes. Stokes roped an RBI single to left field. Velez lined out to left and short stop Joey Fergosi was hit by a pitch bringing up Maldonado with the bases loaded and trailing by two runs. Goldston got his 10th punch out to end the game, 5-3.

Cumberland vs Madonna

James Hatcher shined in the second game of the double header tossing seven scoreless innings giving up just 3 hits and striking out 11 Crusaders.

Madonna starter Daniel Gore was tagged for the loss after giving up two runs in just 2 1/3 innings. Gore struggled to find the strike zone walking four batters. Reliever Nate Blain threw 3 2/3 innings just giving up one hit.

The Phoenix got the first run of the game in the bottom of the first after Gore walked the bases loaded and then a wild pitch allowed Chandler Hughes to score. Next pitch, Gore threw another wild pitch, but Maldonado was tagged out at the plate trying to score.

Cumberland struck again in the third after Maldonado walked and stole second and third to put him in a position where a ground ball would score him. Gordon did his job hitting a hard ground ball that will go down as a fielders’ choice RBI.

In the top of the fifth, Hatcher found himself in a jam as the leadoff man reached on an error. Hatcher punched out the next two batters, but walked the nine hole and Madonna leadoff Noah Renaud. Adrian Reed tagged the ball fairly well, but it hung up just long enough for Reid Bass to make the catch in left field.

The Phoenix had an opportunity to add on an insurance run in the sixth after Gordon hit a single to left. Pinch runner Corey Perkins advanced all the way to third base on an errant throw from Blain trying to pick Perkins off with nobody out. Blain picked up back to back strike outs on Morgan and Joey Fergosi and Bass flew out to right field to strand Perkins.

Hatcher retired the first two batters in the sixth in order before Kyle Aniol singled to left. Renaud lined out to Maldonado to end the game, 2-0.

Cumberland will be back at home next weekend on Saturday and Sunday for a four game set against St. Francis.