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Loss: Galart (3-4) 6.0126412
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Win: Hill (5-2) 5.277325
Loss: Vega (3-2) 1.125531
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Baseball salvages final game of series with Tigers
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Baseball salvages final game of series with Tigers
Jacob Herrera's bunt plated what proved to be the game-winning run in CU's 8-7 victory Saturday against Georgetown. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Georgetown College broke the first game open with a five-run seven inning en route to a 12-3 victory but Cumberland rebounded in the second contest two RBIs apiece from Eddie McDaniels, Jared Schmidt and Jacob Herrera, salvaging the final game of the series, 8-7, in baseball action Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

Ryan Hill (5-2) allowed three earned runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings to get the win for the Phoenix (23-16, 8-4 Mid-South). The Tigers (30-10, 5-4) pounded out 19 hits in the opener but led just 5-1 before the five-run seventh inning gave Georgetown the series win.

McDaniels plated two runs with a single and LaDarius scored another with an RBI single in a five-run second inning in the second contest for Cumberland. Schmidt’s two-run homer in the fourth extended the CU lead to 7-3 and a run-scoring bunt single by Herrera made it 8-3 Phoenix.

Cumberland committed a pair of errors in the sixth, opening the door for three runs by the Tigers, including a two-run triple from Val Stammler, but Brad Smith retired the side in order in the seventh for his third save.

Alvin Vega (3-2) suffered the loss for Georgetown, allowing five runs on two hits with three walks and two hit batters in 1.1 innings.

Eric Thrower posted four hits and five RBIs in the opener for the Tigers, backing six strong innings from Andrew Martinez (6-3), who gave up one run on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Kyle Fieger worked the final three frames, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts, for a save.

McDaniels and Schmidt collected two hits apiece and Peyton Wheatley recorded two hits and two RBIs for CU. Thomas Galart (3-4) gave up six runs on 12 hits in six-plus innings for the loss.

Ryan Garner singled with one out in the first in the opener and Nick Giambalvo reached on an error before an RBI double down the rightfield line from Stammler put the Tigers in front.

Georgetown added to the lead in the fourth when Shota Usada doubled with two outs and Thrower followed with an RBI double down the leftfield line. Figueroa then singled to right and took second on a throwing error the Phoenix before Chris Gilbody’s two-run single to center made it 4-0 for the visitors.

Gaynor and Giambalvo both singled to leadoff the Tigers fifth but Gaynor was thrown out trying to take third on the play. Stammler then singled to left and Giambalvo stole third, scoring on a throwing error by the catcher for a 5-0 advantage.

Cumberland managed just three baserunners against Martinez through four innings but Wheatley singled with one out in the fifth and went to second on a balk. Bo Saunders grounded to short and Wheatley was tagged out after a lengthy rundown, but Saunders made it to second on the play and scored on a single to center from McDaniels.

Gilbody started the seventh inning with a single, ending the day for Galart, and Garner walked before an RBI single by Giambalvo. Tyler Wagner singled through the left side, loading the bases, and Joseph Wall was hit, forcing in a run.

Usada’s groundout plated a run and Thrower plated two with a triple to rightcenter, extending the Georgetown lead to 10-1.

Wagner was hit, Wall singled and Usada walked, all with two outs in the eighth to load the bases. Thrower singled through the left side, scoring two more for the final runs of the game for the Tigers.

In the bottom of the inning Schmidt singled with one out and Kyle Blackwell singled with two outs Wheatley followed with a two-run double to left, but it was too little, too late for Cumberland.

Georgetown started quickly in the second game as well when Gilbody reached on an error to leadoff the first and Gialbalvo singled with one out. Stammler then drilled a three-run homer to center for a 3-0 Tigers edge after a half inning.

Cumberland finally put together a big inning of its own in the second, starting when Pablo Custodio was hit and Blackwell singled with one out. Tyler Jones walked, loading the bases, and Herrera also drew a free pass, forcing in a run.

McDaniels singled up the middle, scoring two runs, and after he and pinch-runner Wheatley executed the double steal, Bentley Jones walked, loading the bases again. Wheatley scored on a wild pitch and Williams plated a run with a single to right for a 5-3 CU advantage.

Brandon Krennich started the Georgetown fourth inning with a single and pinch-runner Randall Schab scored on a double to rightcenter from Thrower, cutting the CU edge to 5-4.

The Phoenix got the run back and more in the bottom of the frame when Bentley Jones singled with one out and Schmidt followed with a two-run homer to center, his eighth of the season.

Jose Vera singled to leadoff the fifth for CU and Tyler Jones doubled with one out. Herrera’s bunt turned into a single, plating Vera for an 8-5 advantage.

Thrower reached on an error to start the sixth for the Tigers and stole second and third. With two outs Usada’s ground ball was thrown away, allowing a run to score, and Giambalvo followed with a single. The runners moved up on a passed ball and Stammler’s triple to center plated two runs. Wagner grounded out to end the inning and Smith got a fly ball and two groundouts to end the game in the seventh.

Cumberland hosts sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Brescia University at 2 p.m. on Wednesday this week before traveling to Campbellsville University for a three-game series next weekend.