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Win: Friday (2-0) 5.042223
Loss: Galart (0-2) 3.266103
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Hendrix (MOB) 302200
February 23, 20191234567RHE
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Win: Bannon (2-1) 0.221001
Loss: Young (0-4) 1.221100
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Rone (MOB) 412000
Carnley (MOB) 212120
Baseball drops two at Mobile
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Baseball drops two at Mobile
Jose Vera posted three hits and drove in two runs in CU's 7-5 loss Saturday at Mobile. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – The University of Mobile took advantage of five errors in the opener and Christian Snow hit a walk-off two-run homer in the second game after Cumberland tied the contest in the top of the inning, giving the Rams a doubleheader, sweep, 7-3 and 7-5, in baseball action Saturday in Mobile, Ala.

The Phoenix (2-7) gave up four unearned runs in the first game of the day and Dalton Rone and Trent Avery each produced two hits and scored twice for the Rams (8-4). Mobile plated four runs in the fifth inning in the second contest, but Cumberland answered with four in the top of the seventh to even the game.

Jose Vera drove in two runs with a single, Eddie McDaniels doubled home a run and Kyle Blackwell’s pinch-hit single tied the contest at five, though Jose Vera was thrown out at the plate to end the frame.

Blake Carnley led off the bottom of the inning with a double and Snow hit a 1-2 pitch overall the wall in left for a two-run homer and a doubleheader sweep for the home team.

Thomas Galart (0-2) suffered the loss for Cumberland in the opener, giving up six runs, two earned, on six hits in 3.2 innings. Kyle Friday worked five innings for the win for the Rams, giving up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. CU managed just five hits and stranded only three baserunners in the loss.

Polo Portela gave up five runs on five hits in 4.1 innings in the second contest but the Phoenix got him off the hook with the four-run seventh. Blake Young (0-4) took the loss, allowing one run on two hits in 1.2 innings. He gave up the double to start the seventh before Christian Straub allowed the home run to end the game.

Jordan Taylor tossed six strong innings for Mobile before running into trouble in the seventh and did not factor in the decision. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs. Bailey Bannon got the win, getting two hits and giving up one run on two hits.

Vera was 3-for-4 with two RBIs while LaDarius Williams posted two hits and Pablo Custodio scored twice in the second contest for CU.

Mobile struck for three runs in the bottom of the first in the opener, taking advantage of two Cumberland errors.

Rone led off with a single and Carnley reached on an error before a single by Snow loaded the bases. Another boot by the Phoenix allowed a pair of runs to come across and a groundout by Zach Presnall plated another for the Rams.

Similar fielding issues for the Phoenix allowed Mobile to score twice more in the third.

Rone reached on a dropped pop-up and took second on an errant throw. Carnley singled and Rone scored and a fielding error after the base hit. Friday singled to center with one out, pushing across Carnley for a 5-0 Rams lead.

In the fourth Avery singled with two outs and stole second. Gunner Hendrix followed with an RBI single, extending the advantage to 6-0.

Cumberland managed just a single and two walks through four innings against Friday before breaking through in the fifth.

McDaniels singled with one out and Peyton Wheatley followed with an RBI double. Bo Saunders then singled, plating another run to cut the deficit to 6-2.

In the sixth Custodio doubled with two outs and Vera reached on an error, which allowed Custodio to come across.

The Rams got their final run in the bottom of the inning after an Avery triple to leadoff and a Hendrix single.

Christian Poche’s solo homer to start the bottom of the second got Mobile on the board in the second contest, but Cumberland tied the game in the fourth on a solo shot from Custodio.

Things came unraveled for the Phoenix in the fifth, starting with a leadoff double by Mobile’s Tristan Hopgood. Rone bunted his way on and Carnley plated a run with a single. Presnall was hit with one out, loading the bases, and Logan Palmer greeted Blake Young with a bases-clearing double for a 5-1 Rams lead.

In the seventh Cameron Jennings led off with a single and scored on a one-out double by McDaniels. Williams followed with a single, putting runners on the corners and ending the day for Taylor.

With two outs Custodio reached on catcher’s interference, loading the bases, and Vera plated two runs with a single to center. Blackwell’s pinch-hit single scored Custodio, but Vera was tagged out at the plate trying to score on the play.

That set-up Snow’s game-winner for Mobile and the doubleheader sweep.

Cumberland hosts Bethel University on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and takes on Indiana-Southeast in a three-game series next weekend at home beginning Friday.