LEBANON, Tenn. – Chad Reynolds’ two-run single in the sixth inning put Trevecca Nazarene ahead in the second game and two Trojans pitchers allowed just one run and eight hits in a doubleheader sweep, 10-0 and 3-1, over No. 1 Cumberland on Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
Trevecca (14-11, 3-3 TranSouth) scored three runs in the sixth inning in the second game to take the lead and P.J. Francescon (1-0) worked out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth to post a complete-game victory and the sweep for TNU. The righthander gave up one run on seven hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter in his first start in three weeks.
Francescon outdueled Mike Mandarino (1-2), who allowed just four baserunners through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, walked one and struck out six in 5.2 innings of work. For his efforts Mandarino was named the Music City Star of the Game.
Cumberland (15-8, 4-2) went just 2-for-25 (.080) with runners in scoring position in the three-game series, scoring only two runs on 16 hits. The Bulldogs managed one hit in the opener of the twinbill and collected seven in the second game, but stranded five baserunners, including four in scoring position.
David Fanshawe provided CU’s only run of the day, a solo homer to rightfield in the second inning that put the home team ahead, 1-0. Mandarino made that stand up until hitting Chase Birdwell for start the sixth inning.
Jordan Foreman then laid down a perfect bunt, right in the triangle between the mound and first base, for a base hit. After a fielder’s choice, Matt Tidwell was hit to load the bases before Reynolds’ double down the third base line, under the glove of Tommy Crews.
Mitch McClay then popped out to short center, but Antonio Butler dropped the ball and then overthrew second base for the force out, allowing Tidwell to score the final run of the game.
In the opener Trevecca starter Craig Stem (5-1) steamrolled the Bulldogs in a 10-0, five-inning victory for the Trojans, striking out five and giving up a single in the fourth inning. He also hit a batter in the fourth for CU’s only two baserunners of the contest.
Cumberland starter Will Locante (1-2) gave up five hits in the third inning and TNU added five more runs in the fourth to take control of the game. The lefthander gave up seven runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings with three walks and two strikeouts. The Bulldog pitching staff also hit six batters in the doubleheader.
The Trojans took the early lead on the opener, scoring four times in the third inning to end a 21-inning scoreless streak. Matt Dobbins started the inning with a walk and stole second. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Birdwell and scored on a single to right from Foreman.
Edwin Borbon, Matt Tidwell and Reynolds all followed with singles, the last two scoring runs, before a safety squeeze single from McClay plated Tidwell for a 4-0 TNU advantage.
Trevecca added five more runs in the fourth, chasing Locante from the contest.
Dobbins started the inning with another walk and Birdwell sacrificed again. A groundout by Foreman moved the runner to third and he scored on a single from Borbon. Tidwell then walked and Locante exited the contest.
Reliever Matt Vance hit Reynolds with his first pitch before McClay cleared the bases with a double to deep center. Luke Fennell’s single through the middle scored McClay for a 9-0 Trojans advantage.
In the fifth Borbon reached on an error with two outs and Tidwell was hit. Reynolds’ bloop single to right plated Borbon for a 10-0 TNU lead.
Cumberland plays at home twice this week, hosting Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Shawnee State on Wednesday at 1 p.m.