Timbrook's complete game leads victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Richard Timbrook scattered eight hits in a complete-game victory while Sam Kikla hit a solo homer and Tyler Fisher drove in two runs in 21st-ranked Cumberland’s 4-3 victory over Lambuth Saturday in Jackson, Tenn.
Cumberland (27-18) won 2-of-3 games in the nonconference series, scoring eight times in the first inning in the three contests.
Timbrook (8-1) won his eighth straight decision and threw just 109 pitches, giving up three runs with one walk and one strikeout. The righthander retired 19 of the final 23 batters of the contest after Lambuth (29-15) tied the game at three in the third inning.
Kikla hit his team-leading eighth home run, a solo shot, in the first, and Fisher added a two-run single later in the inning. Clint Alexander drove in the winning run with a single up the middle in the sixth.
CU loaded the bases in the seventh and ninth innings but came away with no insurance for Timbrook. The Bulldogs stranded 12 runners in the game. Matt Greener and Kyle West both collected a pair hits in the victory.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the first, with Kikla hitting a solo shot with one out in the inning. Greener followed with a single and Matt Holliman doubled with two outs before a two-run single from Fisher.
The Eagles plated a run in the second after Chris Siljendahl was hit to leadoff. Siljendahl was erased on a fielder’s choice, but Derrick Green doubled down the leftfield line, plating Will Wakefield.
Lambuth tied the game with a pair of runs in the third. Bryan Willsey singled to leadoff and Mike Davis followed with an RBI triple. Bart White tied the contest with a sacrifice fly.
Neither team had more than one baserunner after the third until the Bulldogs retook the lead in the sixth. Michael Wheeler and Holliman both walked to start the inning before an RBI single up the middle from Alexander, who was later thrown out trying to steal second.
CU loaded the bases again in the seventh after a West single, a walk to Kikla and a two-out infield single from Wheeler. But Holliman struck out to end the threat and the Bulldogs clinging to a 4-3 advantage.
CU loaded the bases again in the ninth after a Kikla walk, a single from Greener and an intentional walk to Holliman, but Fisher struck out and Alexander grounded out to end the inning with the visitors still holding a one-run lead.
Cumberland plays at 13th-ranked Lee University Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT and then takes on Freed-Hardeman in a three-game series next weekend in Henderson, Tenn.