CU sweeps Union, win streak now at 11
LEBANON, Tenn. – Pitchers Robert Post and Richard Timbrook combined to allow just two earned runs in a doubleheader and Tyler Fisher collected four hits in the two games, as Cumberland ran its winning streak to 11 games with 5-3 and 7-1 victories Saturday over Union University at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Post gave up two earned runs in a seven-inning, complete-game victory in the opener. The Bulldogs (21-14, 10-2 TSAC) tied the contest at two in the fifth and then scored three times in the sixth to take a 5-3 triumph. CU staked Timbrook to an early lead and the righthander never looked back, allowing an unearned run in six innings of work for his sixth consecutive victory.
Fisher went 3-for-3 in the opener with a double, run scored and two RBIs and added another hit and run scored in the second game. Michael Wheeler had three hits in the second contest, including a solo homer, as the Bulldogs hit four round-trippers in the 7-1 victory.
Post (4-2) battled through the opener, giving up two runs on two hits in the first inning, but Union managed only two more hits in the contest, both in the sixth inning. He walked two, hit one batter and struck out seven and retired 14 of 15 hitters in one stretch in his fourth complete game of the season.
Union starter Jeremey Stack (3-3) allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings and kept the Bulldogs at bay until the sixth. He walked two and struck out nine.
Sam Kikla and Matt Greener both collected two hits in the win for CU.
Timbrook gave up six hits, walked two and struck out two, giving up the unearned run in the fifth inning. Cumberland scored once in the first, three times in the second and then single runs, all solo home runs, in the third, fourth and sixth in the second game.
Union starter Brad Davis (3-3) lasted just one-plus inning, allowing four runs on five hits.
Matt Holliman and Clint Alexander both recorded a pair of hits for CU in the victory.
Union (21-13, 5-9) scored in the first inning in the opener after a leadoff walk to Danny Grimm, who stole second and moved to third on a groundout by Luke Grant. Grimm scored on Corey Rudolph’s single to left and David Maristany followed with an RBI double off the base of the wall in leftcenter.
Back-to-back singles from Wheeler and Greener started the second for the Bulldogs. Fisher’s two-out single up the middle plated Wheeler, cutting the Union lead to 2-1.
Fisher led off the fifth with a single and pinch-runner Dave Weyer moved to second on a sacrifice by Kyle West. With two outs Kikla’s single through the middle plated Weyer, tying the contest at two.
But Union came back with a run in the sixth to retake the lead. With two outs Rudolph singled to left and took off for second on a 1-0 pitch to Maristany, who singled off the end of the bat in front of Wheeler in left. Rudolph easily made third and scored when the ball bounced by Wheeler, giving the visitors a 3-2 advantage.
Greener drew a leadoff walk for CU in the sixth and pinch-runner Jeremy Wilson scored on Eric Mull’s double down the leftfield line, tying the game again. A ground ball by Brian Karahalios moved pinch-runner Chuck Belote to third and he scored on a double to rightcenter from Fisher. West followed with another double to rightcenter, giving the Bulldogs a 5-3 lead.
Holliman put the Bulldogs on top in the first inning of game two with a solo homer over the batter’s eye in dead center, his fifth round-tripper of the season.
Cumberland added to its lead in the second after three straight singles to start the inning. Fisher and Alexander both singled before an RBI chopper through the leftside from Will Curry, chasing Davis from the contest.
West walked to load the bases and Kikla’s free pass forced in a run. After a lineout that turned into a doubleplay, Wheeler lined off the glove of reliever Kevin Kirksey, driving in another run for a 4-0 Bulldogs advantage.
Mull hit his second home run of the week, a solo shot to leadoff the third, and Kikla led off the fourth with a solo blast to leftcenter, his third of the season and the first since February 15 at Auburn-Montgomery.
Josh Jones reached on a throwing error for Union in the fifth. Jones moved to third on a bunt by Clint Barnes, taking the extra base when no one covered third. A groundout from Alex Turner plated Jones, cutting the Cumberland lead to 6-1.
Wheeler hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot to rightcenter, in the sixth, for the final run of the contest.
Cumberland is scheduled to play at Lindsey Wilson Monday, but that game may be moved to Tuesday or canceled because LWC must makeup conference games. The Bulldogs play Campbellsville Wednesday at home at 2:30 p.m. and the Bulldogs host rival Trevecca next weekend at Ernest L. Stockton Field.