, Tenn. – NAIA No. 16 Trevecca (36-14) fell 7-5 in ten innings to Cumberland (41-19) in the TranSouth Championship game.
Trevecca jumped out early with four runs in the top of the first inning on four hits. Cumberland answered back with two runs in their half of the inning. Cumberland tied the game at four with a run in the fourth and fifth innings. The Bulldogs pushed ahead 5-4 with a run in the seventh inning. Marty Parks led off the top of the ninth with a double. Parks advanced to third on a wild pitch to Chris Lowe. Lowe grounded out and Brian Dirheimer struck out for two away. Cody Heggie reached on a walk. Dylan Lynch drove in Parks with a single and the Trojans tied the game at five.
Freshman Brent Amburn started the game and allowed eight hits, three earned runs, and five walks while striking out three in 6.1 innings of work. Steven Brown came on for the final two outs of the seventh inning and had a pair of strike outs. Drew Durossette (5-2) came on to pitch the eighth and shut the door. In the ninth Durossette kept the Bulldogs off the board again.
In the tenth inning Aaron Bree doubled with one out. Landry Walker reached on a walk. Bree advanced to third on Parks fly ball to center, but the Trojans stranded Parks at third. The Bulldogs got an infield hit from Mike Wheeler and then Zach Diekmann hit a two-run home run for the victory and tournament championship.
Trevecca had 11 hits and four errors. Cumberland had 11 hits and two errors. Dylan Lynch, Cody Heggie, Aaron Bree, and Marty Parks all had doubles for the Trojans. Lowe and Walker had a steal and Bree and Parks each had two stolen bases. Parks was 1-4 with two runs scored and a walk. Dylan Lynch was 3-4 with two RBI. Aaron Bree was 4-4.
Both teams will advance to the NAIA Region XI Championships next week in Lebanon, Tenn. at Cumberland University.