Ten-run inning carries Bulldogs to 15-5 victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Max Kautz doubled and tripled and drove in four runs and Greg Appleton hit a three-run homer, as third-ranked Cumberland scored 10 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 15-5 victory over Bryan College Monday night at Veterans Field.
Cumberland (34-8) won its fifth straight contest and completed a stretch of 10 games in 11 games with an 8-2 mark. Every Bulldog started had at least one hit and Troy Frazier, Eric Vetetoe and Kautz each collected two hits. CU also took advantage of eight walks and three hit batters by the Lions (18-25).
Luke Whittaker (2-0) struggled through the first three innings but settled down to get the victory, allowing two earned runs on six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Derrick Harwood and Peter Taraskevich tossed the final two innings for the Bulldogs, striking out four.
Kemonte Keesee (0-1), the second of six Lion hurlers, took the loss, giving up four runs on two hits with two walks in one inning. Josh Harris allowed six runs on three hits in one-third of an inning, walking one and hitting two batters, in CU’s 10-run fourth inning.
The Lions got on the board first with two runs in the second thanks for a Bulldog error.
Jonathan Brown reached on an error by Sam Kikla at short and Steven Brown sacrificed pinch-runner Zach Hensley to second. Josh King put down a good bunt, putting runners on first and third.
King was thrown out trying to steal second but Ryan Henn walked and stole second and both runners scored on a two-out single to right from Kevin Layne.
The Bulldogs took the lead with four runs in the third, starting with a walk to Kikla and a single from Frazier. David Fanshawe walked with one out, loading the bases, and Kautz’s triple to rightcenter cleared the bases. Kautz scored when the throw to third got away and into the dugout for a 4-2 CU advantage.
Cumberland put the game out of reach with 10 runs in the fourth. Dave Weyer was hit to start the inning and Jason Frost followed with a single. Appleton then belted a three-run homer to deep rightcenter, his 10th of the season.
Frazier was hit with one out and Kris Miller singled before Fanshawe walked again, one of three free passes in the game for the catcher. Kautz then doubled to rightcenter, plating two runs.
Pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow slipped rounding third on the play and Kautz was almost to third when he did, so Critchelow headed home. Third baseman Jonathan Davis’ throw got by catcher Jordan Day, allowing both Critchelow and Kautz to score.
Eric Vetetoe then singled and Weyer walked before Appleton hit a grounder to short, but Stephen Brown’s flip to second was late, loading the bases again. Kikla was hit, forcing in a run, and Frazier plated two runs with a single to right for a 14-2 Cumberland lead.
The Lions scored two runs in the fifth on three hits, starting with consecutive singles from Layne and Davis. Pablo Rodriguez’s double off the base of the wall in leftfield plated Layne and a sacrifice fly from Shane Clawson scored Davis, making it 14-4 Bulldogs.
Bryan College scored another run in the sixth after an infield single and stolen base by Stephen Brown. He scored on Layne’s third hit of the game, a single to center with two outs.
Cumberland plated the final run of the contest in the sixth after a one-out triple to leftcenter from Danny Gallinot, who scored on a two-out single down the leftfield line from Brian Karahalios.
Cumberland also turned in two excellent defensive plays in the game, including Weyer making a spectacular diving catch in rightcenter to end the top of the fourth and Frost making a very nice backhanded play and throw to first to start the seventh.
Cumberland hosts Freed-Hardeman this weekend in a three-game series at Ernest L. Stockton Field starting Friday at 2 p.m.