LOSING STREAK NOW AT 5
DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Offensive woes continue to plaque the Cumberland baseball team as the Bulldogs squandered a couple of prime opportunities Monday in a pair of losses in the Sunshine State.
Coach Woody Hunt’s team left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings, falling to Emrby-Riddle, 3-1 Monday evening, just hours after the 15th-ranked Bulldogs lost 6-2 to St. Xavier.
The Bulldogs (6-7) saw their losing streak stretch to five straight after Monday’s defeats.
The squad managed just 12 hits in the two games and struck out a dozen times as well as stranding 17 runners, including 10 in the 3-1 loss to Embry-Riddle.
Cumberland got two solid pitching performances, one from James Parker and another by Robert Post. Unfortunately Parker’s efforts came in relief in the loss to St. Xavier after CU starter Luke Whittaker failed to record an out in the top of the first.
Parker was superb in relief against the Cougars, tossing six hitless innings and walking just one with four strikeouts. He recorded 10 ground ball outs as well.
Post (1-1) allowed just three hits and was the victim of two Bulldog errors that allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning.
The righthander walked three and struck out five in six innings. Eric Spivey got the final three outs for CU against Embry-Riddle.
Sam Kikla and Matt Greener both collected three hits in the twinbill, including two apiece against the Eagles. The Bulldogs put the tying and winning runs on base in the sixth and seventh innings against ERU (13-6), only to bounce out in the sixth and then strikeout and ground out in the seventh, the latter ending the game.
In the opener St. Xavier (1-0) scored six times before an out was recorded, but did little afterwards.
The Bulldogs play the same two teams again Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Central Time.
FORMER HUNTERS LANE STAR
LEBANON -- Cumberland University junior Brandon Springer has been voted First Team All-TranSouth and senior Rontreal Braxton earned second team honors in a poll of league basketball coaches released Tuesday.Coach Lonnie Thompson's Bulldogs tied for second in the TSAC this season with a 13-3 league record and are currently ranked 15th nationally in the NAIA Coaches Top 25.
Springer is Cumberland’s leading scorer at 13.6 points per game on a squad that has six players averaging better than 9.2 points per contest. The Nashville native shoots 59 percent from the field and 74 percent at the foul line.
He has 21 double-figure scoring games this season in 28 contests, including five 20-point outings. His scoring average in TranSouth Conference games is slightly higher at 14.0 per game, with four of his five 20-point contests in league play.
He scored a season-high 28 points against Martin Methodist on February 16, netted 23 against Bethel College on January 19 and posted 20 points against Freed-Hardeman on December 6.Springer also ranks first on the squad in rebounding with 6.8 per game and is first in steals with 2.0 per contest. He ranks 33rd nationally in steals per game and 48th in defensive rebounds with 5.1.
Braxton ranks third on the club in scoring, averaging 10.5 points per game, while grabbing 3.9 rebounds and handing out 1.8 assists per contest.
The Hopkinsville, Ky., native was the team’s most consistent performer in January, netting 15 or more points in six of eight league games, including 19 points at Union and 21 at Trevecca. His scoring average in TranSouth games is 12.2 per outing.
Braxton has 14 double-figure scoring games this season, including a season-high 23 points at Lambuth two weeks ago.
Cumberland will host rival Trevecca in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.
LADY BULLDOG HONORED -- Cumberland senior Chaquaila Gaten was voted second team All-TranSouth Monday. Gaten is the Lady Bulldogs leading scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest.
The Marietta, Ga., native has scored in double figures 21 times in 29 games this season, including four 20-point outings.
Cumberland plays at Freed-Hardeman Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the TranSouth Championships.
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