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Cumberland Univ61510101X15122
Win: Hooper Mills (7-1) 6.085536
Loss: Logan Parrot (0-1) 2.069810
JD White (MMC) 513100
Derick Junker (MMC) 513000
Tyler Stokes (CU) 332212
Andrew Martinez (CU) 522200
Jose Vera (CU) 422201
Josh Morgan (CU) 222010
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Martin Methodist1002121783
Cumberland Univ022340X11111
Win: Payton Rice (3-3) 5.064237
Loss: Dakota Crowell (5-1) 6.01111708
Brendan Granger (MMC) 322211
Tyler Robb (MMC) 412000
Lance Pope (MMC) 312211
Tyler Stokes (CU) 332201
Pablo Custodio (CU) 402100
Andrew Martinez (CU) 312301
Josh Morgan (CU) 402100
Bats come alive in doubleheader sweep
Friday, April 9, 2021
Bats come alive in doubleheader sweep
Tyler Stokes hit three bombs in the doubleheader sweep. (Credit: Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn.--Cumberland baseball bats came alive as the Phoenix scored 26 hits runs and cranked nine home runs in the twin-bill sweep over Martin Methodist. 

Tyler Stokes jacked three home runs in the two games and Andrew Martinez hit two bombs. Jose Vera, Brett Bello, Tyler Jones, and Reid Bass each hit one.

In-game one Cumberland put up 15 runs with seven home runs in the 15-6 win. Hooper Mills cruised to get the win tossing six innings giving up five runs on eight hits with six strikeouts. Davis Green, Matt Rowe, and Wiley Barton each threw one inning to finish off the nine-inning game only giving up one run in the three frames. 

The RedHawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a home run from Tyler Robb, but the lead didn't last long as the Phoneix put up six runs in the first inning. Martinez roped a triple to score two and then Vera hit a two-run shot to right-center field. After Josh Morgan walked, Jones hit a moonshot to left field to put Cumberland up 6-1.

Martin Methodist added one run in the second, but Cumberland got it back one Stokes' first home run of the game on an 0-2 count.

Brett Bello hit a grand slam in the third and Stokes followed that with a solo shot to right-center to give the Phoenix a 12-2 lead after three innings.

Cumberland tacked on one run in the fourth on a sac fly, but the RedHawks scored two in the sixth off an RBI triple and an RBI single. Shelton hit a missile to left field to make it 14-5.

Cumberland would score one more run on Reid Bass' first career home run to left field to win 15-6.

The Phoenix picked up an 11-7 win in game two scoring two or more runs in four of the six frames Cumberland hit in. 

Martin Methodist again scored first on an RBI single from Lance Pope. Cumberland answered in the second with an 0-2 home run from Martinez and Tyler Jones knocked in Jose Vera on an RBI groundout.

The Phoenix added two runs in the third off an RBI single from Martinez and an RBI single from Morgan to go up 4-1.

Martin Methodist scored two runs in the top of the fourth to cut it to 4-3 off an error, but the Phoenix responded with three in the bottom half. Pablo Custodio singled to right to bring in a run, Ethan Shelton knocked in one run, Martinez hit a sac fly to go up 7-3.

Junker hit a sac fly in the fifth before Cumberland scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Cumberland scored one run off a throwing error and then Reid Bass came in to score on a wild pitch. Stokes hit his third home run on the day to give the Phoenix an 11-4 lead.

Cumberland would end up winning 11-7 as Payton Rice got his third win on the bump.

The Phoenix and RedHawks will end the series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.