Greener goes 4-for-4 in CU victory
LEBANON, Tenn. – Matt Greener collected four hits and Sam Kikla and Greg Appleton both homered while Matt Vance allowed one run in five innings on the mound, as 19th-ranked Cumberland defeated No. 8 Campbellsville, 7-1, Tuesday afternoon at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Cumberland (22-5) won for the ninth time in 10 games and allowed one or fewer runs for the fifth time in the last eight outings. Greener extended his hitting streak to 15 games and has not hit safely in 26 of the team’s 27 contests this season.
The Bulldogs scored a pair of runs in the first and second innings and added single runs in the third and fourth. Greener drove in his second run of the game with a single in the eighth for the final run of the contest.
Vance (3-1) worked five innings in his second start of the year to pick up the victory, allowing one run on seven hits with one strikeout. Four CU relievers tossed one inning apiece and did not give up a hit while striking out two.
Campbellsville (13-11) starter Michael Caleb (1-2) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Four Tiger relievers did a good job as well, giving up two runs on five hits in 5.1 innings while striking out nine.
Max Kautz led off the first with a single and scored on a double off the top of the wall in rightfield from Troy Frazier. Greener’s double to rightcenter plated Frazier for an early advantage for CU.
In the second Appleton led off with a solo homer to right, his sixth of the season. T.J. Murphy then singled to center and later scored later on a two-out single to left from Kris Miller.
CU added another run in the third after Appleton was hit with two outs. Murphy executed the hit-and-run to perfection, doubling into leftcenter. Campbellsville centerfielder Zac Townsend fumbled the ball, allowing Appleton to score all the way from first for a 5-0 Bulldog lead.
The Tigers got on the board in the fourth, starting with a leadoff single from Alex Ponich. A bad pickoff throw moved Ponich to second and Caleb’s single to center put runners on the corners. Brian Chase’s grounder plated Ponich, and Richie Rowland later singled to leftcenter, giving Campbellsville first and third again, but Luke Gadow flied out to center to end the inning.
Kikla lined a home run to rightcenter to start the bottom of the inning, his seventh of the year.
In the eighth Kikla was hit with one out and Miller walked. Greener singled to center with two outs, driving home Kikla with the final run of the contest.
Cumberland heads to Georgetown College for a 2:30 p.m. CT contest Wednesday before heading to Jackson, Tenn., this weekend for the TranSouth Conference opening series against Union University starting Friday at 6 p.m. at Fesmire Field.