Bulldogs split twinbill at No. 3 OCU
LEBANON, Tenn. – Shawn Schaefer scattered six hits in a complete-game victory and Matt Greener doubled and homered, but 19th-ranked Cumberland committed seven errors in the second game, splitting a doubleheader Saturday against third-ranked Oklahoma City University, winning 6-2 and dropping a 10-7 decision in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The Bulldogs (10-2) had committed just 10 errors through the first 10 games of the season heading into Saturday, but CU had nine errors in the twinbill.
Greener went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs in the Cumberland victory, while Kris Miller hit a solo homer and scored twice as well.
Schaefer (3-0) won his third straight outing, walking two and striking out eight without allowing an unearned run, lowering his ERA to 1.37. The Stars scored a pair of unearned runs in the sixth inning with CU ahead comfortably, 6-0, after an error to leadoff the inning by Bulldog second baseman TJ Murphy.
Chad Carman doubled with two outs for OCU, scoring Garrett Regan and Steve Vitale, but Schaefer struck out Terrance Jackson to end the inning without any further damage. The lefthander worked around a two-out double in the seventh to finish off his third victory in as many starts this season.
In the second game Sam Kikla hit a pair of home runs and went 3-for-5 with three runs scored overall, but the Bulldogs allowed eight runs in the first two innings and were never able to recover.
CU starter Robert Post (2-1) allowed three runs on three hits in one inning of work and reliever Matt Vance gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits in the second inning.
In the first game the Bulldogs scored twice in the first. Kikla walked with one out and Greener followed with an RBI double. Fanshawe singled to center with two outs, playing Greener for an early lead.
CU added three more runs in the third after Kikla reached on an error by Vitale to start the inning. Greener followed with a two-run homer, his third of the year. Miller hit his solo shot with two outs in the inning for a 5-0 Bulldog advantage.
The Stars threatened in the bottom of the inning when Carman singled to leadoff and Jackson reached on an error by Greener. But Carman was thrown out trying to steal third before a walk to Drew McAdoo. Brian Fisher bounced into a fielder’s choice, five unassisted, and after a walk to Dearth Parker, Regan struck out to end the inning with a run scoring.
Miller walked with one out in the sixth, moved to second on a groundout by Brian Karahalios and scored on a single through the leftside by Murphy.
OCU was retired in order in the first and second inning and had just one baserunner in the fourth, fifth and seventh after Schaefer.
In the second game Parker doubled with one out in the first and Vitale followed with a two-run homer, his seventh of the season. Regan reached with two outs on an error by Kikla and scored on a single from Kirk Walker for an early 3-0 OCU advantage.
The Stars scored five more times in the second, with Jackson singling to leadoff and McAdoo reaching on catcher’s interference. One batter later Parker hit a three-run home run for a 6-0 OCU lead.
Vitale then reached on a throwing error by Fanshawe after a strikeout and moved to third on a single by Matt Presley. Walker’s two-out single plated Presley for a 8-0 Stars advantage.
Walker hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Stars and OCU plated another run in the sixth after Presley doubled with one out. He later scored on an error by Greener, the last of the seven miscues on the day by the Bulldogs.
Kikla tripled in the fourth for CU and scored on a groundout by Troy Frazier.
In the fifth Miller singled and Danny Gallinot followed with a double. Derrick Harwood’s groundout scored one run and after a two-out walk to Max Kautz, Kikla followed with a three-run homer to leftcenter.
The Bulldogs scored twice more in the seventh after a one-out walk to Kautz and a twop-run home run by Kikla, his third of the year.
The two teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader Sunday starting at 1 p.m. at Jim Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs will take Monday off before taking on Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Christian Tuesday and then Oklahoma Baptist Wednesday. Cumberland returns home next weekend, facing Shawnee State in a three-game series starting Friday at 1 p.m.