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Win: Young (3-5) 9.042247
Loss: Hurley (7-2) 8.053318
McDaniels (CU) 401100
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Herrera (CU) 401000
Custodio (CU) 401000
Saunders (CU) 411000
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Benz (UC) 412201
Young's gem, big hit from Tyler Jones produces 3-2 Phoenix win
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Young's gem, big hit from Tyler Jones produces 3-2 Phoenix win
Blake Young allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts in CU's 3-2 win Saturday against the Cumberlands. (Credit Chris Wells, Mid-South Conference)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Blake Young allowed just four hits in a complete game and Tyler Jones delivered a two-run single in the eighth to put Cumberland ahead for good in a 3-2 win over fifth-ranked University of the Cumberlands on Saturday in the Mid-South Conference Baseball Championships in Bowling Green, Ky.

The Phoenix (34-22) advance to the championship round to face Campbellsville University. That was has been pushed back to Noon on Sunday because of continuing rain in the Bowling Green area.

Young gave up a run on two hits with a walk in the first inning and did not allow another hit until a leadoff double by Robbie Stroub in the eighth. The only baserunners for the Patriots (44-8) during that stretch were three walks, one each in the second, fourth and seventh innings. The lefthander produced 17 fly ball outs, some line drives right at defenders but many soft fly balls.

Young (3-5) walked four and struck out seven, including the final batter of the game, Austin Madry, after Bryan Benz hit a leadoff homer in the ninth. It marked the second complete game of his career, the only a 3-2 loss to Oklahoma Wesleyan in last year’s NAIA Championship Opening Round.

Eddie McDaniels tied the game with a two-out single to left in the third, plating Kyle Blackwell, who led off with a walk and stole second.

Bo Saunders started the rally in the eighth with a hot-shot off Cumberlands’ shortstop Kevin Rolon for an infield single with one out. Peyton Wheatley followed with a single to left and the runners moved to second and third on a groundout to second by McDaniels.

Tyler Jones, who entered the game in the fourth for Bentley Jones, fouled off the first pitch before singling to rightcenter, plating Saunders and Wheatley for a 3-1 CU edge.

That made a loser of UC’s Zach Hurley (7-2), who allowed three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out eight. The righthander retired the first six batters of the game and 13-of-15 from the end of the third inning until a Blackwell strikeout to start the eighth.

Orley Arellano walked with one out in the first inning for the Patriots and Jose Rojas singled through the left side with two outs. Benz followed with an RBI double to leftcenter, but Young got out of the jam without further damage thanks to a line drive by Pedro Nazario.

Blackwell walked to leadoff the third inning and stole second, but he was still standing there after a groundout by Saunders and a strikeout from Wheatley. McDaniels delivered the game-tying single to left, his 29th RBI of the season from the leadoff spot.

Cumberland mustered a double by Pablo Custodio to start the fifth and Jacob Herrera reached on an error in the seventh, but he was erased on a 4-6-3 doubleplay off the bat of Jose Vera.