CU defeats Lindsey Wilson, 6-3
LEBANON, Tenn. – Adam Sprague struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in eight innings and third-ranked Cumberland scored four runs in the seventh to take the lead with the aid of just one hit in a 6-3 victory Sunday over Lindsey Wilson at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Cumberland (33-8) took a 2-1 lead in the sixth with an RBI single from Kris Miller and an RBI double by David Fanshawe, but the Blue Raiders (22-18) tied the game in the seventh on an RBI single from Max Rhodes after a one-out error allowed Heath Barnes to reach.
The Bulldogs retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh with the help of five walks and an error by LWC reliever Jared Long, the fourth of five Blue Raider hurlers in the contest. Long walked in two runs, one scored on a wild pitch and another on Miller’s bloop single to center.
Rhodes hit a solo homer in the ninth and Dustin Murphy reached on CU’s third error of the contest, but Daniel Kern struck out Garrett Helm to end the contest.
Miller accounted for three of the Bulldogs nine hits while Fanshawe added two hits and both players drove in two runs.
Sprague (4-2) had his best outing since a start against Oklahoma City University on March 7. The lefthander walked two and scattered 10 hits in eight innings while allowing just the two unearned runs.
Long (1-1) took the loss for the Blue Raiders, giving up four runs on one hit with five walks in two-thirds of an inning.
The Bulldogs strung together three hits in the second inning from Matt Greener, Fanshawe and Brian Karahalios, but Greener was thrown out at the plate by leftfielder Craig Mosier to end the threat.
The Blue Raiders had a scoring chance in the third after singles from Seth Edmunds and Lance Harrington. Barnes was hit, loading the bases, but Edmunds was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a ball that went all the way to the backstop.
LWC took advantage of a Bulldog error to take the lead in the fourth.
Harrington reached on a two-out error by Greg Appleton at second base. Barnes then singled through the leftside and Mosier followed with a double down the leftfield line for a 1-0 Blue Raider lead.
The Bulldogs finally got on the board in the sixth after a one-out double from Troy Frazier and an RBI single by Miller. Fanshawe had an RBI double two batters later for a 2-1 CU advantage.
But the Blue Raiders took advantage of another Bulldog error to tie the contest in the seventh.
Barnes reached on a one-out error by Sam Kikla at short. After a groundout Drew Barrett laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line and Rhoads followed with an RBI single to left.
Cumberland retook the lead in the seventh thanks to some wildness by Long.
Adrian Mull walked to leadoff the inning and Jesse Bowman followed with a sacrifice bunt, but Long dropped the ball and both runners were safe. Appleton grounded out, but consecutive walks to Kikla and Frazier loaded the bases.
Miller then dropped a single into short center, scoring one run, and another run scored on a wild pitch. Two more runs came across via the walk, giving the Bulldogs a 6-2 edge.
Cumberland hosts Bryan College Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Field in Lebanon.