Miller has big day in CU sweep
LEBANON, Tenn. – Kris Miller hit three home runs and posted seven RBIs in the opener and Troy Frazier belted his ninth homer of the year in the second game, as 19th-ranked Cumberland swept a doubleheader from Shawnee State, 11-6 and 7-1, Saturday, at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Cumberland (16-4) swept the doubleheader using just three pitchers and swept the three-game series with only five hurlers. Matt McFarland tossed a complete game Friday and Christian Jennings did the same in the second game Saturday. Logan Neal tossed five innings in the Saturday opener, and all three picked up their first career victories.
Miller hit two-run homers in his first two at-bats in the opener and added a three-run shot in the sixth inning, insurance runs for the Bulldogs in the 11-6 victory. He also doubled and scored in the first inning in the second game and has raised his batting average 71 points over the last 11 days.
Neal (1-0), making his varsity debut, allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits in five innings to get the victory in the first game. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Daniel Kern picked up his third save of the year, getting a groundout to end the sixth with two runners on base in an 8-4 ballgame.
Max Kautz had three hits and scored three times while Miller was 3-for-3 with a walk in the opener. Brian Karahalios collected two hits and Greg Appleton drove in a pair of runs as well.
Shawnee State starter Adam Hatton (1-2) took the loss, giving up eight runs on seven hits in three innings.
In the second game the Bulldogs scored twice in the first, third and sixth and Jennings worked out of a pair of jams to toss the complete game. Frazier collected a pair of hits, including a solo homer lined into the pine trees in straight-away centerfield, while Adrian Mull and Matt Greener also collected two hits apiece.
Jennings (1-0) allowed one run on eight hits, striking out a career-high nine batters while walking three.
Shawnee’s Adam Wamsley (2-2) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on 11 hits in six innings.
The Bulldogs got off to another fast start in the opener, scoring three times in the first inning, just as they did on Friday.
Kautz drew a leadoff walk and Miller hit a two-out, two-run homer to leftcenter, his sixth of the year. Greener followed with a solo shot to righfield for a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Bears got one of those runs back in the third with a solo home to right from Jordan Stum.
Cumberland added five more runs in the third, again with Kautz starting the rally with a leadoff single. Miller hit his second two-out, two-run homer on the first pitch from Hatton, this one down the leftfield line.
Greener was hit and David Fanshawe reached on an infield single. Karahalios then sliced an RBI double inside the third base bag, and Appleton followed with a two-run double to leftcenter for an 8-0 Bulldog advantage.
Shawnee State got another run in the fourth, a solo shot just inside the rightfield foul pole from Danny Gesick.
The Bears added a pair of unearned runs in the fifth, starting with a leadoff single from Philip Butler. Stum then reached on a throwing error by Sam Kikla, putting runners on second and third. Nick Ball’s sacrifice fly plated pinch-runner Camden Sauls, and Stum scored on a two-out double to rightcenter from Wamsley, cutting CU’s lead to 8-4.
Cumberland added insurance runs in the sixth, again thanks to Miller. Kautz singled to leadoff and Kikla was hit. With one out Miller hit a hanging breaking ball almost to the road in leftfield for an 11-4 CU advantage.
The Bears scored twice in the seventh on four hits against Kern. Nick Ball and Wamsley both singled to start the inning and Gesick’s groundout plated pinch-runner Quentin Everman. Brian Ramey’s RBI single scored Wamsley and Kyle Hammontree singled with two outs, but Paul Zalar grounded out to end the contest.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first inning of the second game, with Jesse Bowman starting the inning with a single to center. Miller doubled to leftcenter with two outs before Greener dumped a single down the rightfield line, plating both runners.
Jennings worked out of a major jam in the fourth after back-to-back one-out singles from Butler and Jordan Maier. Stum then walked, loading the bases, but the lefthander struck out pinch-hitter Zach Byler and got a fly out from Ball to end the threat.
CU rewarded Jennings with two more runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with a leadoff double from Greener. Karahalios followed with an RBI single and Mull plated pinch-runner Jason Frost with a one-out single to center for a 4-0 Bulldog lead.
Frazier hit his ninth homer of the year in the fifth, a solo shot more than 400-feet to dead center just to the right of the batter’s eye.
The Bears threatened again in the sixth with consecutive singles from Hammontree and Butler before Maier reached on an error to load the bases. Stum drove home a run with a sacrifice fly, but pinch-hitter Kyle Masson lined out to Jennings, a ball that almost hit the pitcher in the head. Jennings doubled off Butler at second to end the inning without any further damage.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the bottom of the inning after Karahalios reached on an error with one out. Danny Gallinot doubled down the leftfield line and both runners scored on a two-out triple from Eric Vetetoe for a 7-1 CU advantage.
Cumberland continues its current 10-game homestand Monday with a doubleheader against sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle. The Bulldogs play the Eagles again Tuesday in a single game and host Georgetown College Wednesday as well.