Post tosses shutout, CU splits two at Lambuth
LEBANON, Tenn. – Robert Post tossed a three-hit shutout and Matt Greener homered twice, once in each contest, but Lambuth hit a three-run homer to tie the game in the sixth and Mike Davis hit a walk-off solo home run in the seventh, as the 21st-ranked Bulldogs and Eagles split a doubleheader Friday at Fonville Field in Jackson, Tenn.
Cumberland (26-18) won the first game 8-0 behind Post and led 6-1 in the sixth inning of the second game before giving up five runs in the sixth, including a three-run homer from WillWakefield that tied the contest. Davis then hit his solo shot with one out in the seventh, allowing the Eagles (29-14) to salvage the split.
Post (5-2) faced just three batters over the minimum in the opener, giving up three hits and striking out three. He did not walk or hit a batter and retired the side in order in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Lambuth did not have a runner move past second base in the contest.
Greener, Michael Wheeler and Max Kautz all had a pair of hits in the game, with Greener accounting for three RBIs and Tyler Fisher driving in two. Matt Holliman also scored twice. CU scored three times in the first and second innings and added single runs in the third and fourth for the victory.
Lambuth starter Alex Laabs (4-4) allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits in 1.2 innings. He walked three and struck out one.
The Bulldogs seemed to be cruising to a doubleheader sweep, scoring twice in the first and fourth innings, then adding two more runs in the fifth. Greener was 3-for-3 with a triple and home run, while Fisher had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice and Kautz recorded two more hits.
CU starter Adam Sprague allowed five runs, three earned, in 5.1 innings, before turning the game over to Eric Spivey (1-1), who gave up the two home runs and three total hits in one inning of work.
Brent Ebinger worked five innings for Lambuth, giving up six runs on 11 hits, but Dylan McCurry and Matt Riley (1-1) tossed two perfect innings in relief, setting up Lambuth’s comeback
The Bulldogs scored three times in the first and second innings in the opener.
Dave Weyer reached on an error to start the game and moved to second on a bad pickoff throw from Laabs. Matt Holliman and Michael Wheeler both walked, loading the bases, before a two-run single from Matt Greener and an RBI single by Clint Alexander.
In the second Max Kautz led off with a single and Weyer followed with a walk. Holliman doubled home a run and Tyler Fisher’s sacrifice fly plated Weyer. Wheeler then doubled down the leftfield line, scoring Holliman for a 6-0 advantage.
Weyer walked with two outs in the third and Kikla reached on an error by rightfielder Bart White. Fisher’s single plated Weyer for a 7-0 lead.
Greener led off the fourth with a home run, just his second of the season, for an 8-0 Bulldog advantage.
Greener started the scoring for the Bulldogs in the second game with a two-out, solo homer in the first. Wheeler followed with another solo shot for an early 2-0 CU edge.
Fisher led off the Bulldog fourth with a single and Holliman bunted him over. Max Kautz then beat out an infield single, putting runners on the corners, before an RBI single from Eric Mull. West walked, loading the bases, before a two-out single to left from Kikla gave CU a 4-0 lead. Mull was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the single as well.
Lambuth finally got on board in the bottom of the inning after Davis singled to leadoff and moved second on a passed ball. Davis got caught in a rundown on Chris Siljendahl’s grounder, but Siljendahl moved to second when it took six throws for the Bulldogs to tag out Davis. Greener then made a bad thrown on James Poole’s grounder, allowing Siljendahl to score on the play.
Cumberland added two more runs in the fifth after Greener tripled to leadoff and Fisher followed two batters later with a home run down the leftfield line.
Lambuth made its big comeback in the sixth, starting when Bryan Willsey reached on an error by Holliman. Davis followed with a double and White walked, loading the bases. Poole singled home two runs, chasing Sprague from the contest and setting up Wakefield’s three-run, game-tying shot.
Cumberland and Lambuth play a single game Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs play at Lee University next Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT and in a three-game series next weekend at Freed-Hardeman.