March 23, 2017123456789RHE
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Lindsey Wilson30004100X890
Win: Doubet (4-1) 9.083315
Loss: Dohr (5-3) 5.067754
Connolly (CU) 312000
Sierra (CU) 412000
Paredes (LWC) 433111
Blue Raiders take series opener, 8-3
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Blue Raiders take series opener, 8-3
Kevin Connolly posted two hits and scored a run in CU's 8-3 loss Thursday at Lindsey Wilson. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jayden Jackson posted two hits and five RBIs, including a grand slam in the fifth inning, and James Doubet scattered eight hits in a complete game, helping Lindsey Wilson to an 8-3 victory over Cumberland in the first of a three-game series Thursday night at Egnew Park in Columbia, Ky.

The teams conclude the series Friday with a doubleheader at 3 p.m.

Steven Paredes added three hits and three runs scored for the Blue Raiders, who scored three runs in the first and four in the fifth against CU starter Travis Dohr (5-3), who allowed seven runs on six hits in five innings. The righthander walked five and struck out four.

Doubet (4-1) retired 16 of the first 19 batters of the game before the Phoenix broke through in the sixth against senior righthander. He walked one and struck out five in his first complete game of the year.

Kevin Connolly and Rayden Sierra both collected two hits for Cumberland and Austin Krajnak drove in a pair of runs in the loss.

The Blue Raiders (16-13, 3-1 Mid-South) started quickly with three runs on three hits in the first inning.

Paredes drew a leadoff walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tanner Moore. Ben Giland then tripled home a run and he scored on a single by Jackson. Jan Carlos Ortiz singled and Conner Anderson walked to load the bases later in the frame before a sacrifice fly Antonio Dorado put LWC ahead, 3-0.

In the fifth Paredes singled with one out and Moore reached on a bunt single. The runners moved up on a balk before Giland was intentionally walked. Jackson followed with the grand slam, his sixth home run of the year, for a 7-0 Lindsey Wilson advantage.

Cumberland (16-17, 3-4) finally broke through in the sixth when Connolly and Nick Mira both singled with one out. Krajnak followed with a two-run triple to leftcenter, but Hector Morales and Sierra both struck out to end the inning.

The Blue Raiders got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer by Paredes, his second of the year.

In the ninth Sierra tripled with one out and Austin Voeller walked before an RBI groundout by Caleb Kellogg, but that was all for the Phoenix.