CU pounded again by FHU
LEBANON, Tenn. – Brian Bullard hit a pair of home runs, Freed-Hardeman belted five homers in the contest and Javy Gomez tossed five innings of stellar relief in a 17-6 Lions victory over Cumberland Tuesday at the TranSouth Championships at Fesmire Field in Jackson, Tenn.
With the loss the Bulldogs (31-22) drop into the loser’s bracker and will play Wednesday at Noon against the loser of the Union University-Lyon College contest. Freed-Hardeman’s victory throws the tournament into flux and the Lions (35-15) will play Trevecca at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
FHU scored four times in the fifth inning, just one earned, to erase a 5-2 deficit and take control of the contest. Bullard hit a solo home run in the seventh and the Lions plated eight runs on just four hits in the eighth to put the game away.
Gomez (5-2) shut down the Bulldogs, retiring 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. He allowed just one run, a solo homer in the eighth to Michael Wheeler, and worked out of a jam later in the that inning. Gomez struck out four and did not walk a batter in his 5.1 innings of work.
Bulldog starter Robert Post (6-3) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, four earned, on six hits with four walks and six strikeouts. The righthander gave up four home runs after allowing only three all season.
CU’s bullpen gave up 10 runs on six hits in two innings of work with two walks, two hit batters and four strikeouts.
FHU starter Alan Barnett lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with one strikeout.
Max Kautz had three hits and two RBIs for the Bulldogs and Matt Holliman added two hits, but CU managed just two hits after the fourth inning.
The Bulldogs got off to a fast start, with Kautz leading off the first with a single up the middle and Holliman following with a towering two-run blast to right, his fourth home run in the last four games.
But the Lions came back in the third, with CU’s worst nightmare again delivering the blow.
Greg Allen singled to center with one out before Leo Alvarez belted a full count pitch over the wall in centerfield, his fourth round-tripper against the Bulldogs this season.
The Bulldogs retook the lead in the bottom of the inning after Kautz singled to leadoff and stole second. Holliman singled to right, putting runners on the corners, and Kautz scored on a balk by Barnett. Holliman then made a baserunning mistake, as Matt Greener grounded back to the pitcher and Holliman was thrown out trying to move to third on the play.
CU added two more runs in the fourth when Eric Mull doubled off the centerfield wall with one out and Kyle West singled to left with two outs. Kautz then laced a two-strike pitch to right, plating both runners for a 5-2 Bulldog advantage.
But the Lions came right back in the fifth, starting with a leadoff homer to right from Johanny Ramirez, his first of the season. Allen then reached on an error by Greener and Alvarez followed with a walk. Bullard’s sacrifice moved both runners up and Allen scored on a groundout to short, though pinch-runner Blake Taylor was out in a rundown.
Derek Bush then lifted a high drive to deep leftcenter that cleared the wall and gave FHU a 6-5 lead.
Bullard added to the lead for the Lions with a solo homer in the seventh, a line drive over the wall in leftcenter for his 10th of the year.
FHU plated two more runs in the eighth after a leadoff walk to Noslen Labrada and a single by Angel Nicolas. Ramirez bunted the runners over and Allen dumped a two-out single into short right off the glove of second baseman Sam Kikla, scoring both runners for a 9-5 Lions advantage.
Wheeler lined a solo homer for the Bulldogs to leadoff the eighth. Tyler Fisher was hit with one out in the inning and Mull reached on an error by leftfielder Labrada, but Clint Alexander struck out and pinch-hitter Brian Karahalios grounded out to end the threat.
FHU added to its lead in the ninth after Bullard was hit to start the inning, Michael Clayton struck out but reached on a wild pitch and Bush was hit to load the bases. Labrada laced a two-run double down the leftfield line before a walk to Nicolas loaded the bases again.
George Otero bounced a two-run single just inside the third base bag and Nicolas scored on a groundout, the first out of the inning. Alvarez’s two-out double to rightcenter scored Otero and Bullard followed with his second homer of the game, another line drive over the leftfield wall, for a 17-6 Lions lead.