Kikla, Sprague named Player, Pitcher of the Week
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland juniors Sam Kikla and Adam Sprague were named the TranSouth Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their performances in last week’s victories over ninth-ranked Campbellsville and No. 18 Trevecca. Sprague and TNU’s Wesley Griggs shared the Pitcher of the Week honors.
Kikla helped the Bulldogs to a 3-1 mark for the week, including a 19-8 victory over Campbellsville and a series win against Trevecca. The junior infielder belted four home runs during the week, with a pair versus Campbellsville. He also hit a two-run walkout shot in a 7-5, 11-inning triumph in the opening game of a doubleheader Saturday against Trevecca and added a three-run homer in the second game that proved to be the decisive runs.
For the week the Malabar, Fla., native was 7-for-18 (.389) with five runs scored, four home runs, 10 RBIs and a walk with a slugging percentage of 1.056. He is batting .373, second best on the club, and leads the Bulldogs with seven home runs, 30 RBIs and 32 runs scored.
Cumberland leads the TranSouth Conference with a 12-3 record, with Trevecca 9-3 heading into this weekend’s series against Martin Methodist. The Bulldogs are 24-15 overall, receiving votes in the latest NAIA rankings, and have won 14 of their last 15 games.
Sprague also played a big role in CU’s doubleheader sweep of the Trojans on Saturday this past weekend, picking up a win and a save in the twinbill.
The Winter Park, Fla., native tossed 3.2 hitless innings of relief in the opener to earn the victory after Kikla’s walk-off home run. He retired 11 of the 12 batters he faced.
In the second game Sprague struck out Brian Dirheimer, the potential winning run, with two runners on in the eighth, and recorded two more strikeouts in the ninth to post his first save of the season.
Sprague is now 4-3 with a 4.42 earned-run-average in nine outings covering 38.2 innings this season with 37 strikeouts.
Cumberland plays a doubleheader Wednesday at Milligan College in Elizabethton, Tenn., at Noon CT. Also a schedule change for this weekend’s nonconference series at Lambuth – the teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Friday and a single game at 1 p.m. Saturday.