Bulldogs escape with 9-8 win in 13 innings
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Bulldogs escape with 9-8 win in 13 innings
T.J. Murphy collected four hits, including the game-tying single in the 13th inning, in CU's 9-8 victory Tuesday over Lindsey Wilson. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – T.J. Murphy’s single plated the tying run and Antonio Butler came around to score from first after an error in the outfield, giving 18th-ranked Cumberland a 9-8 victory in 13 innings over Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday night at Veterans Field.

Murphy’s fourth hit of the game scored Richie Seaton from second base and Butler easily made it to third base on the play. When LWC centerfielder Dustin Murphy booted the ball, Butler kept on motoring around, sliding into the play with the winning run almost four hours after the first play.

For his efforts Murphy was named the Music City Star of the Game after going 4-for-7 with two RBIs, a walk and one run scored.

Lindsey Wilson’s Lance Harrington singled to leadoff the top of the 13th and later scored on a groundout by Ryan Williams, setting up the heroics for the Bulldogs.

Devin Stovall (2-1), the fifth Bulldog hurler, picked up the win, tossing four innings and allowing one run on two hits with six strikeouts. CU starter Daniel Kern tossed a career-best 6.1 innings, giving up five hits on 10 hits.

LWC reliever Jeremy Greene (0-3) took the loss despite striking out 10 in 4.2 innings of work. The lefthander gave up two runs on three hits and walked two.

Cumberland (28-12) stranded 18 runners in the contest, including 16 in the first nine innings. The Bulldogs left at least one runner on base in each of the first nine innings, including the bases loaded in the fifth and two runners in the first, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Lindsey Wilson (16-17) trailed 7-2 in the contest before scoring three times in the seventh and twice more in the ninth to tie the game.

Mike Mandarino and David Fanshawe each collected three hits for the Bulldogs in the win, while Drew Barrett and Williams both had three hits for the Blue Raiders.

The Bulldogs scored twice in the first inning for an early lead. Greg Appleton drew a leadoff walk and Murphy followed with a single to short left. Mandarino doubled off the base of the wall in deep leftcenter, scoring one run, and Murphy scored on a groundout by Cory Farris.

Lindsey Wilson cut the deficit in half with a run in the third after a one-out walk to Harrington. Barrett followed with a single and Williams’ two-out single to rightcenter plated a run.

Cumberland answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Mandarino singled with one out and Farris tripled into rightcenter. anshawe’s double down the leftfield line pushed across Farris for a 4-2 CU advantage.

Clint Newman’s first home run of the season cleared the rightfield wall with ease for LWC in the fourth, making it 4-2 Bulldogs.

Butler led off the bottom of the inning with a walk for Cumberland and stole second. He moved to third on a groundout from Appleton and scored on a single to left by Murphy.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of errors by the Blue Raiders.

Murphy drew a leadoff walk and Mandarino reached when Williams’ throw to second sailed into rightfield. With two outs Crews’ pop fly to Barnes was dropped in short left, allowing both runners to score for a 7-2 CU lead.

The Blue Raiders got back in the game with three runs in the seventh, chasing Kern from the contest.

Dustin Murphy led off with a double and scored on a single to left from Heath Barnes. Harrington’s double off the base of the wall in left plated another run, ending the day for Kern. Williams’ third hit of the game, a chopper up the middle, scored Harrington, cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-5.

The Blue Raiders tied the contest in the ninth thanks to some wildness from Winegardner, who recorded the first two outs of the inning before walking the next three batters. Aaron Wilkerson entered and allowed a two-run single to center from Newman, tying the game at seven.

Neither team could score until the 13th inning, more than an hour after LWC tied the game in the ninth.

Cumberland plays at Campbellsville University on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. CT.