CU falls 2-1 in 10
Friday, April 10, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Nathan Wright hit a solo homer and then drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th in 18th-ranked Trevecca’s 2-1, 10-inning victory over Cumberland Friday afternoon at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The teams waited out several delays before finally throwing the first pitch just before 4 p.m. on the Cumberland campus in the first of a three-game series. The loss snapped the Bulldogs (22-15, 10-3 TSAC) 12-game winning streak.
Lefthanders Shawn Schaefer for CU and Wesley Greggs combined to allow just 10 hits and one walk in the contest and struck out 15 batters.
Schaefer (4-2) was dominant early and battled the Trojans (26-13, 8-2) until the visitors finally broke through in the 10th. The junior gave up just two hits in the first nine innings, including Wright’s solo homer in the fifth, Trevecca’s only hit of the game until the ninth. He walked one and struck out eight.
Greggs (5-6) allowed all five hits against him in the third, fourth and fifth innings and got stronger as the game went on. Cumberland had just one baserunner in the final five innings and he reached on an error in the seventh.
Cumberland got on the board with three singles in the fourth. Michael Wheeler extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a leadoff single and Matt Greener followed with a single. Matt Holliman then singled to right with one out and Wheeler beat the relay for a 1-0 lead.
But Wright’s two-out, no-doubt homer to rightfield, his fourth of the season, tied the game in the fifth.
The Trojans broke through with three hits in the ninth, starting with a leadoff blooper that landed just inside the rightfield line from Trey Morrison. Aaron Bree then executed the hit-and-run with one out, allowing pinch-runner Blair Haskins to move to third, though Bree was thrown out at second trying to move up on the play. Wright then singled sharply to left, scoring Haskins with the game-winning run.
The two teams play again Saturday in a doubleheader starting at Noon.