|March 22, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Robertson (3-2)||8.2||8||3||3||3||4|
|Loss: Meadows (3-3)||4.1||10||4||4||1||1|
|March 22, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Gomez (2-2)||7.0||2||0||0||0||6|
|Loss: Kline (2-2)||0.0||4||3||3||0||0|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Anthony Gomez retired the final 19 batters of the game, tossing a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts, helping 10th-ranked Cumberland to a 9-0 victory and a doubleheader split against Campbellsville University here Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Bulldogs (21-13, 6-6 Mid-South) dropped the first game, 10-3, with Campbellsville head coach Beauford Sanders picking up his 1,000th career victory.
Gomez (2-2) was the story of the second contest, allowing two singles in the first inning (one was erased on a doubleplay) before setting down the Tigers (16-13, 6-6) the rest of the way. The lefthander threw just 72 pitches in the seven-inning victory, his first win since February 15 versus Taylor University. He lowered his ERA to 2.43 and now has 50 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work this season.
Chris Hall posted three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Bulldogs and Ricky Coleman and Sam Lind each drove in three runs. Lind finished 4-for-4, with all four hits to the opposite field.
Cumberland scored five times in the first two innings, as Coleman, Lind and Tyler Anderson all drove in runs in the first inning and Hall and Lind plated the runs in the second frame. Hall, Coleman and Lind each had RBIs in a three-run fifth inning as well for CU, which completely turned around the offense in the second game after the Tigers dominated the opener.
Alex Kline (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits without recording an out.
Campbellsville’s Jacob Russell hit a pair of home runs – a two-run shot in the fourth and a three-run homer in the seventh – and drove in six runs in a 10-3 victory in the opener.
The Tigers scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings and three times apiece in the seventh and eighth. Campbellsville pounded out 18 hits in the contest, including a 5-for-5 effort from Carlos Torres as well as four hits by Russell.
Matt Robertson (3-2) nearly tossed a complete game for the win, allowing just one run on five hits through eight innings before running into trouble in the ninth. The righthander walked three, hit four batters and struck out four but induced three ground ball doubleplays that helped his cause.
CU starter Clint Meadows (3-3) allowed four runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings to take the loss, walking one and striking out one. Reliever Stevie Smith pitched well until allowing Russell’s three-run shot in the seventh and Austin Williams gave up three runs on five hits in the eighth inning.
In the first game Campbellsville stranded the bases loaded in the first and two more in the second and the Bulldogs left two on base in the first as well before finally capitalizing on a string of baserunners in the bottom of the second.
Justin Byrd led off with a double and stole third before a walk to Richie Seaton. Tyler Alford battled at the plate, fouling off three pitches, before lining a ball into centerfield, deep enough to score Byrd for a 1-0 edge for the home team.
The Tigers took the lead for good in the fourth inning after Alex Scanlan singled to rightcenter and Alex Gutierrez doubled down the rightfield line. Ricky McCulloch executed the squeeze perfectly, scoring Scanlan, and Gentry Kinsella’s double just inside the third base bag, off the glove of a diving Coleman, gave the visitors a 2-1 lead.
Campbellsville added to its advantage in the fifth when Torres singled to leadoff and went to second on a bunt from Kline. Russell then hit a missile off his shoetops halfway up the pine trees in leftfield, his second homer of the year, for a 4-1 edge.
Russell helped the Tigers extend the lead in the seventh, but Torres started the rally with a bunt single, his fourth hit of the game. Kline then singled to left before Russell belted his second home run of the contest, this one to leftcenter and both of them against the wind, giving Campbellsville a 7-1 advantage.
In the eighth Gutierrez and McCulloch both singled to leadoff and Shane Woodson’s infield single off the end of the bat loaded the bases for Torres, who collected his fifth hit of the day, plating a run. Kline’s sacrifice fly scored another and Kline’s single to right put the Tigers in front, 10-1.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the ninth, chasing Robertson from the game before he could finish the contest.
Will Henderson led off with a single and Alford was hit by a pitch before a single through the right side by Hall loaded the bases. Coleman grounded out, scoring a run, and Lind’s single to right plated another before reliever Alex Watson struck out Brady North to end the contest.
Hall and Coleman collected four of the club’s eight hits, but Cumberland stranded 10 runners in the game, including two apiece in the first, second, seventh and ninth innings.
Cumberland started quickly in the second game, with the first four batters reaching via hits and ending the day for Kline.
Hall singled through the right side to leadoff and scored on Coleman’s double to leftcenter. Lind fought off an inside pitch, dumping a single into shallow leftfield, plating Coleman, and North’s single to rightcenter put runners on the corners with no outs, necessitating a pitching change.
Anderson grounded out against TR Dunne, but Lind scored on the play, giving the Bulldogs an early 3-0 edge.
In the second inning Seaton led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt from Kyle Allen. After fouling off five pitches and on the 11th pitch of the at-bat, Hall laced a ball into leftcenter that Torres overran and turned into a double, scoring Seaton. Two batters later Lind singled through the hole on the left side, plating Hall for a 5-0 advantage.
Freshman Allen, making just his third start of the year, collected his first career hit with a double down the leftfield line to start the fourth inning. Pinch-runner Zach Cole moved to third on a groundout by Hall and scored on Coleman’s ground ball, giving CU a 6-0 lead.
Cumberland added three more runs in the fifth, starting with a leadoff double down the rightfield line by Byrd. Seaton walked and Allen reached on an error, loading the bases, before Hall’s infield single on the right side pushed across a run. Coleman’s sacrifice fly scored Seaton and Cole came across on Lind’s fourth hit of the game, another single to left, for a 9-0 advantage.
Cumberland plays its next four games on the road, traveling to Tennessee Wesleyan on Tuesday before heading to Lindsey Wilson for a three-game series next weekend.