February 25, 2020123456789RHE
Indiana Univ. SE012300020890
Cumberland Univ002130000671
Win: Brenden Bube (1-0) 3.210004
Loss: Christian Straub (0-1) 3.112233
Clay Woeste (IUSE) 412010
Derek Wagner (IUSE) 212230
Daunte Decello (IUSE) 412000
Chandler Hughes (CU) 312100
Phoenix fall to No. 22 IU-Southeast 8-6
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Phoenix fall to No. 22 IU-Southeast 8-6
Junior Tyler Stokes hit his first home run as Phoenix in an 8-6 loss to No. 22 IU-Southeast. (Credit: Kyle Allen)

LEBANON, Tenn. - Phoenix rally to tie the game in the fifth inning, but IU-Southeast pushed across two runs in the eighth for a 8-6 loss at Ernest L. Stockton field.

Chandler Hughes went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Jose Vera cranked his second home run of the year and Tyler Stokes hit his first over the left field wall. Joey Fregosi and Isidro Velez each added a double while Fregosi picked up a run scored and Velez posted one RBI.

Jordan Burdette started for the Phoenix on the mound throwing three innings giving up three runs on two hits, two strikeouts and three walks. Freshman Kobe Carter relieved him only coming in for 1/3 of an inning giving up three runs on three hits. Matt Rowe closed out the inning before Christian Straub took over in the fifth. Straub tossed 3 1/3 innings giving up just one hit, but he walked three and gave up two runs taking the loss. Daniel Alvarez finished the game giving up just one hit and punching out two.

IU-Southeast starter Drew Hensley went four innings giving up three runs on five hits, one walk and eight strikeouts. Reliever Brenden Bube threw the final 3 2/3 innings picking up the win. He only allowed one Phoenix to reach base via the hit and struck out four.

The Grenadiers scored first as Brody Tanksley drew a leadoff walk. Courtsey runner Ethan Schafer advanced to second base on a balk and moved to third on a sac bunt. Designated hitter Derek Wagner roped a two out triple that just got over Chandler Hughes diving attempt, 1-0 IU-Southeast after two innings.

The Grenadiers tacked on two more runs in the third inning after a Clay Woeste drew a walk and Tyler Mills roped a single down the left field line. Marco Romero picked up an RBI via a fielder’s choice as he chopped a ball to Gordon at first base and Mykel tried to get the out at the plate, but the throw was a touch late. A wild pitch from Burdette allowed Mills to come in and go up 3-0.

Fregosi led off the bottom of the third with a missile down the right field line for a double. Three batters later, Vera took an outside fastball over the right center field fence to cut into the IU-Southeast lead 3-2.

In the top of the fourth, Kobe Carter entered in relief for the Phoenix, but did not make it out of the inning giving up a two run home-run and the back to back singles. Matt Rowe entered to finish the inning only giving up just one run on a sacrifice fly. Grenadiers go up 6-2.

Cumberland got one of those runs back after Hughes reached on single and Velez hit a double down the left field line to bring Hughes around to score.

Straub checked in on the mound and got a quick three up, three down 5th inning. Stokes hit his first home run of the season off of the new Grenadier pitcher over the left field fence. The Phoenix added two more to tie it as IU-Southeast hit back to back batters and then walked the bases loaded. Hughes beat out a ground ball double play to score one and then back to back walks again scored Gordon to make it 6-6.

Straub finally ran into some trouble in the eighth inning as he walked the leadoff man Trevor MacDonald. MacDonald stole second forcing Fregosi to play closer to the bag to hold the runner on and Wagner hit a single in the hole where Fregosi would normally play bringing MacDonald in to score. Woeste singled to load the bases and a wild pitch from Daniel Alvarez gave the Grenadiers a much need insurance run, 8-6.

Phoenix could not get anything going on Bube in the bottom of the eight or ninth as he retired the side in order for a 8-6 loss.

Cumberland will continue its homestand this weekend with a four game series with Indiana Wesleyan.