Schaefer's gem leads 3-1 triumph
LEBANON, Tenn. – Shawn Schaefer struck out 12 and allowed just one run in a complete game and 19th-ranked Cumberland scored three unearned runs in the first in a 3-1 victory over sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle Monday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Cumberland (17-4) won its fourth straight game overall and its fourth against a ranked opponent in the last nine days. Matt Greener drove in a pair of runs with a single and David Fanshawe had an RBI double, both in the first, to give Schaefer all of the help he would need.
The senior lefthander was dominant almost from the start, winning his fourth straight start while striking out the side in the first and again in the fifth. He faced more than four batters in an inning just once, when Embry-Riddle (19-8) plated its only run of the game in the seventh, and walked only one.
ERAU’s Ryan Vigue (2-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Bulldogs scored three unearned runs in the first after Max Kautz reached on an error by ERAU second baseman J.T. Warmoth. Troy Frazier singled with one before a two-out, two-run single to left from Greener. Fanshawe followed with an RBI double off the base of the wall in rightcenter, giving Shaefer an early lead.
Frazier walked and Greener reached on an error in the third, but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize. Vigue settled down after that, and CU had few good swings at the lefthander until hitting a couple of balls hard in the eighth.
The Eagles finally broke through in the seventh against Schaefer, with Aaron Goolsby singling with one out. Warmoth drew a two-out walk before Alex Guzman punched a single into rightfield, scoring pinch-runner Dane Beaudette. But Matt Tomaszewski flied out to end the inning without any more damage.
Schafer retired the final six batters of the game in order and faced just five more than the minimum in third complete game of the season but first that took nine innings.
The two teams play a doubleheader Tuesday starting at 1 p.m., part of the current 11-game homestand for the Bulldogs.