BASEBALL: Sweep Cumberland
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – NAIA No. 10 Trevecca (11-3) hosted No. 25 Cumberland University (9-8) for a double-header on Saturday, sweeping the double header 4-3 and 4-2.
In the first game, Trevecca’s Dylan Lynch knocked in Aaron Bree with a double in the bottom of the first to give the Trojans the early 1-0 lead. Cumberland plated their first runs on the game in the top of the third when Brian Lucas hit a three-run homer to claim the lead for the Bulldogs, but the Trojans answered in the bottom half when Cody Heggie laid down a squeeze bunt and Wade Angel followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 3-3. The teams battled into extra innings, still tied at 3-3, but Brett Thaler came through with a walk off RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Trojans took the win 4-3.
Wesley Griggs (2-1) picked up the win for the Trojans while Aaron Tant (0-2) took the loss for Cumberland. Griggs tossed two innings of relief allowing just one hit and facing the minimum six batters. Offensively, Aaron Bree was 2-for-4 with a double (5) and two runs scored (10); Wade Angel was 2-for-3 with a double (2) and an RBI (10); and Thaler was 1-for-1 with a double (1) and an RBI (1). Trevecca scored four runs on 10 hits, while Cumberland scored three runs on six hits. The Trojans committed one error, while Cumberland committed a pair of defensive miscues.
In game two, the Trojans again jumped out early, thanks to a Dylan Lynch two-out, RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning. Trevecca tacked on another run in the bottom of the second when Brian Dirheimer scored on a ground ball off the bat of Brett Thaler to stretch the Trojans’ lead to 2-0. Cumberland tied the game in the top of the sixth when Jeremy Wilson led off with a walk and then scored on an RBI triple from Brian Lucas. Lucas tied the game when he scored on a Brett Thaler passed ball, but Brian Dirheimer had the answer. Dirheimer hit a two run blast for the Trojans in the bottom of the sixth to put the Trojans back out in front 4-2. Steven Brown came in to work the seventh, shutting down the Bulldogs to pick up his third save of the season as the Trojans took the 4-2 victory.
Nick Shoup (3-0) earned the win for the Trojans, tossing six innings of two hit baseball, and allowing two runs – only one of them earned – while walking five and fanning six. Robert Clayton (1-2) took the loss for the Bulldogs. Dirheimer led the Trojans offensively, going 2-for-3 with a homer (4), two runs scored (6) and two RBI (13). Trevecca scored four runs on eight hits, while Cumberland tallied two runs on two hits and committed three errors.
Trevecca will continue their season on Tuesday when they host Georgetown College (3-4) for a single game at 2:00.