March 11, 20201234567RHE
Cumberland Univ0200000251
Tennessee Wesleyan300500412152
Win: Walker (4-0) 6.052026
Loss: Christian Straub (0-2) 3.065415
Mykel Gordon (CU) 301000
Josh Morgan (CU) 301000
Tyler Jones (CU) 311000
Jose Vera (CU) 301000
Chandler Hughes (CU) 211010
Pitts (TWC) 322100
Mattis (TWC) 332000
Flock (TWC) 412400
Christopher (TWC) 512401
Rodriquez (TWC) 312110
Fullington (TWC) 402100
No. 5 Tennessee Wesleyan downs Cumberland
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
No. 5 Tennessee Wesleyan downs Cumberland
(Credit: Steve Wampler)

ATHENS, Tenn.--Tennessee Wesleyan University used big innings to take a 12-2 victory as the Bulldogs scored three times in the first to set the tone for the game.

The Bulldogs (15-6) plated 12 runs over three innings to down the Phoenix. Six different Tennessee Wesleyan players picked up a multi-hit game while Alex Flock and Shamoy Christopher posted four RBI games.

Cumberland (9-11) started off slow giving up three first inning runs to the Bulldogs. Starter Christian Straub (0-2) drilled the first batter of the game which then opens up the door for Gary Mattis who doubled to the opposite field and Alex Flock singled in both runners. With two outs, Chase Fullington drove in courtesy runner Tucker Mendhall.

The Phoenix got two runs back as Jones led off the inning with a single to left field and Chandler Hughes put a bunt down in the perfect spot for a hit. Bulldog starter Landon Walker threw the ball away allowing Jones to advance to third base. Isidro velez hit a sharp groundball at the shortstop, but Johsmel Rodriguez threw that ball away allowing both Hughes and Jones to score. 

After two innings of scoreless action, Tennessee Wesleyan hung a five spot on Cumberland. Straub hit back-to-back batters to lead off the inning ending his day. Relief pitcher Jordan Burdette gave up a double to Flock for his third and fourth RBI of the game followed immediately by a double from Christopher to plate Flock. A throwing error brought in courtesy runner Mendhall for his second run of the game and Jermayne Ward singled in Rodriguez. Bulldogs led 8-2 after four complete innings.

Cumberland was shut down over the rest of the game as starter Walker tossed six complete innings giving up the five its Cumberland posted and two runs, but both were unearned. Walker punched out six batters and walked just two.

Tennessee Wesleyan ended the game early with a four run seventh inning highlighted by a three-run homer by Christopher to give the Bulldogs the 12-2 run rule victory.

Cumberland is scheduled to travel to Georgetown College this weekend with the doubleheader starting on Friday at noon central time.

Georgetown athletics is highly encouraging fans to not attend the games outdoors. They will not have concessions or bathroom facilities available.