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Loss: Hall (2-1) 3.167676
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Sierra (CU) 513411
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Win: Portela (4-1) 6.061137
Loss: Dahley (2-4) 4.256552
Barba (UPIKE) 312101
Morales (CU) 201100
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Gordon (CU) 311201
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Baseball ends losing streak with doubleheader sweep
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Baseball ends losing streak with doubleheader sweep
Mykel Gordon hit a pair of two-run homers, helping Cumberland to a doubleheader sweep Saturday against Pikeville. (Credit Bob Tamboli)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Jared Schmidt, Rayden Sierra and Mykel Gordon all homered in the first game and Gordon added a two-run homer in the second contest, helping Cumberland end a two-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep against the University of Pikeville, 11-5 and 6-2, on Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

Sierra and Gordon each hit two-run shots and Schmidt added a solo shot in the first game, as the Phoenix (18-7, 2-0 Mid-South) scored in 6-of-8 innings. Gordon’s two-run homer capped a four-run third inning in the second contest, putting CU ahead for good.

Cumberland starter Thomas Galart (5-1) battled through seven innings in the opener, allowing five runs, four earned, on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out one. The righthander worked out of a bases loaded and no out jam in the sixth with CU leading 8-5, getting a strikeout and a doubleplay to end the threat for the Bears.

Curtis Hoppe got the final six outs, tossing two hitless innings with one walk and two strikeouts.

Pikeville starter Max Hall (2-1) gave up seven runs on six hits in 3.1 innings. He walked seven and struck out six. UPike (14-11, 0-2) reliever Chase Robinson tossed four innings, allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts.

Sierra was 3-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBIs, Hector Morales added three hits and Carlos Moseley collected two hits, walked three times and scored four times. The two teams combined for 27 hits and stranded 24 runners in the contest.

In the second contest Polo Portela (4-1) gave up a solo homer in the first but settled down after that, giving up six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts while allowing just the one run. He worked around a walk and an error later in the first inning and two singles by the Bears in the fifth.

Cumberland managed just five hits but walked six times in the contest.

Cumberland got on the board first in the opener after a leadoff single from Morales, though he was picked off. Moseley walked and moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt before Sierra doubled over the centerfielder’s head for a 1-0 CU lead after an inning.

The Bears answered with three runs in the second, starting with a leadoff double by Jay Vincent. Jorge Perez struck out but reached on a wild pitch, putting runners on the corners, and Luke Lubiniecki followed with an RBI double down the leftfield line. Luke Hartlage grounded out to second, plating Perez, and Travis Haen singled to right with one out, scoring Lubiniecki for a 3-1 Bears advantage.

Schmidt’s solo homer to center in the bottom of the inning cut the UPike lead to 3-2, but the Bears plated single runs in the third and fourth innings.

Nelson Muniz reached on an infield single to start the frame and with two outs, he stole second and went to third on an errant throw. Perez doubled down the rightfield line for a 4-2 Pikeville edge.

The Phoenix knotted the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff walk by Moseley, who moved to second on a balk. Gordon homered to left with one out, evening the score at four.

The Bears continued to answer, though, as Hartlage singled to start the fourth and pinch-runner Brandon Sewell went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Haen. Alvarado’s groundout pushed the runner to third and Alek Barba’s two-out single gave UPike a 5-4 advantage.

Cumberland regained the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the inning, with Moseley singling with one out before Sierra belted his eighth home run of the year, this one to leftcenter, putting the Phoenix ahead, 6-5.

But the home team was not done, as Gordon walked and Nick Mira singled before an RBI single up the middle by Andy Garretson. Peyton Wheatley’s run-scoring single to center pushed the lead to 8-5.

Pikeville threatened in the sixth, loading the bases with no outs on singles by Haen and Alvarado sandwiched around a walk to Barba, but after a mound visit from CU pitching coach Kevin Hite, Galart got a strikeout of Muniz and induced a 5-4-3 inning-ending doubleplay to keep the lead at three.

Cumberland added two insurance runs in the seventh, beginning with back-to-back doubles from Morales and Moseley. Moseley went to third on a wild pitch and Mira’s two-out RBI single to rightcenter pushed the CU lead to 10-5.

In the eighth Wheatley was hit to leadoff and Caleb Kellogg singled before another free pass to Moseley, loading the bases. Sierra’s infield single plated the final run of the contest for the Phoenix.

Barba homered to rightfield with one out in the first inning of the second contest for the Bears, but Cumberland scored four times in the third to take the lead.

Janson Neff drew a leadoff walk and Wheatley’s sac bunt pushed pinch-runner Joseph Midgett to second. Midgett went to third on a passed ball and came across on a single to left by Morales.

Morales stole second and scored on Sierra’s single up the middle. Gordon then homered to left for the second time in the doubleheader for a 4-1 CU advantage.

In the fourth Jordan Hunt doubled to leftcenter with one out and scored on a pair of wild pitches. Sierra reached on a throwing error to start the fifth, took second on the play and came across on two wild pitches as well, extending the lead to 6-1.

Pikeville got the tying run on base in the seventh inning, scoring three times and stranding a pair of runners to end the contest.

Barba was hit and Muniz walked before a groundout by the Bears. Vincent also drew a free pass, loading the bases, and Daniel Sterenberg walked with two outs, forcing in a run. Pinch-hitter Lucas Bault dumped a two-run single into short center, cutting the CU lead to 6-4, but Blake Young struck out Haen to end the contest.

Cumberland and Pikeville conclude the series Sunday with a single game at 1 p.m.