Baseball drops 9-7 decision
Thursday, April 16, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Georgetown College scored a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to take the lead and then added another unearned run in the ninth en route to a 9-7 victory over 21st-ranked Cumberland Thursday in baseball action at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
 
Cumberland (25-17) lost its second straight game after winning 15 of 16. The Bulldogs committed three errors in the contest and also had two passed balls, allowing the visiting Tigers (23-19) to plate three unearned runs.
 
Matt Holliman and Tyler Fisher both collected a pair of hits for the Bulldogs, while Sam Kikla scored twice and Michael Wheeler drove in four runs, including a bases-clearing double in the second. CU stranded 10 runners in the game, including at least one in the first six innings and two in the eighth.
 
CU starter Babich Cowan (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs, six earned, on nine hits in five innings. Reliever Luke Whittaker gave up an unearned run and just one hit in four innings of work.
 
Pete Thackston (3-2), the third of five Georgetown hurlers, posted the victory, tossing 4.2 innings and giving up three unearned runs on three hits. Ryan Anderson tossed a perfect ninth inning for his first save of the year.
 
Georgetown got on the board early with three runs in the first, starting with a leadoff single by Jake Mahan. Chase Armstrong followed with a double down the leftfield line and Tyler Back followed with a high drive that just cleared the wall in left for a three-run homer.
 
The Bulldogs came back with four runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Dave Weyer was hit to leadoff the frame and Holliman followed with a double down the rightfield line. Weyer scored on a balk and Holliman came home when Kikla reached on an error.
 
Fisher singled up the middle with one out and Kikla scored on a Wheeler sacrifice fly. Eric Mull plated Fisher with a two-out single for a 4-3 Bulldog lead after one inning.
 
Colin Wilkerson led off the GC second with a single and Mahan followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. Wilkerson tied the game at four, scoring on a fielder’s choice by Armstrong.
 
Cumberland scored three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Kikla walked with two outs and Matt Greener followed with a single. Fisher then walked, loading the bases, before Wheeler’s three-run double to leftcenter gave CU a 7-4 advantage.
 
Georgetown cut into the deficit with two runs in the third. Mike Steinke singled to leadoff, stole second and scored on Eric Severson’s double down the leftfield line. Thackston was then hit and Jason Frilling moved both runners with a sacrifice. Wilkerson’s groundout plated Severson, making it a 7-6 CU lead.
 
The Tigers plated two more runs in the fifth on two passed balls and two Bulldog errors.
 
Thackston singled with one out and Frilling followed with a grounder to third, but both runners were safe after a throwing error by Greener. Pinch-runner Cameron Allen and Frilling moved to second and third on a passed ball and then Allen scored on another passed ball. Mahan then reached on a two-out error by Holliman, allowing Frilling to score and the Tigers to take the lead, 8-7.
 
In the ninth Steinke reached on a bunt single to leadoff and pinch-hitter Ryan Archer reached on an error by catcher Brian Karahalios trying to field a bunt. Another sacrifice moved the runners to second and third and Steinke scored on a Frilling groundout for the final run of the game.
 
Cumberland hits the road this weekend for a nonconference series against Lambuth. The Bulldogs and Eagles play a doubleheader Friday at 1 p.m. and a single game Saturday at 1 p.m.