LEBANON, Tenn. – Tommy Winegardner belted a three-run homer in a four-run sixth inning and Cody Ferrell tossed a complete game, giving up just one run with five strikeouts, in No. 1 Cumberland’s 7-1 victory Monday over Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Bulldogs (14-3) have won five straight contests on their current eight-game road trip, giving up a total of nine runs in the five outings.
Ferrell (1-1) was nothing short of masterful against the Rams (10-9), allowing just four hits through eight innings before running into trouble in the ninth. TWU loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk before Joseph Lassiter flied out to end the contest.
The lefthander was roughed up in his last outing, giving up four runs on four hits in two-plus innings against Indiana Tech on February 27, but he rebounded in a big way for the Bulldogs on Monday, saving a somewhat thin pitching staff with a much-needed complete game.
CU collected 12 hits in the contest, three from Tommy Crews and two apiece by Greg Appleton and Mike Mandarino. Winegardner provided the big blow with the three-run shot in the sixth, upping his current hitting streak to nine games.
TWU starter Colton Farrar (1-2) kept the Bulldogs at bay for five innings before being roughed up in the sixth. He allowed six runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Bulldogs scored first in the contest with a single run in the fourth, but CU could have had more.
Cory Farris doubled to start the frame and took third on a wild pitch. He scored on Mandarino’s infield single. Crews followed with a single and after a popout, Richie Seaton loaded the bases with another infield hit, but T.J. Murphy bounced into a 4-6-3 inning-ending doubleplay.
The Rams tied the contest in the bottom of the inning, starting with a Hunter Robinson single. Matt Taylor moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt before an infield single from Justin Snider. Robinson scored on a wild pitch and Stephen Niedwiecki reached on an error by Mandarino at first, but Ferrell induced a 6-3 twin-killing to get out the jam without further damage.
Cumberland took advantage of an error in the fifth to retake the lead. Antonio Butler drew a leadoff walk and Winegardner grounded to second baseman Glen Morrison, but his throw to second was wild, allowing the runners to move to second and third. A sacrifice fly from Appleton pushed across Butler for a 2-1 advantage.
In the sixth Crews singled to leadoff and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Ben Foster. Seaton then walked before Winegardner’s three-run shot to left provided the Bulldogs with a little cushion.
CU added another run in the ninth when Appleton singled with one out, went to second on a groundout and scored on Mandarino’s single up the middle.
Cumberland plays a doubleheader Tuesday at Northwood University at 1 p.m. before finishing the road swing at 13th-ranked LSU-Shreveport on Wednesday at 4 p.m.