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Bulldogs sweep at Lyon

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Fresh from a three-game weekend sweep at TranSouth Conference rival Lyon College, Cumberland will travel to NAIA Division II Montevallo (Ala.) Wednesday for a 2 p.m. contest .

The Bulldogs will host TSAC rival Union University this weekend at Stockton Field. A single game is on tap Friday at 2 p.m. followed by a 12 Noon doubleheader on Saturday.

The Saturday - Sunday sweep ran Cumberland’s winning streak to seven consecutive games and upped the Bulldog record to 17-14 overall, 7-2 TSAC.

Senior Richard Timbrook allowed one run in a complete-game victory Sunday and Max Kautz collected two hits and scored twice, as CU defeated Lyon 6-1 in Batesville, Ark.

Timbrook (5-1) won his fifth straight decision and has allowed just four runs in his last 29.2 innings of work. The righthander scattered seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. Timbrook retired the side in order or allowed just one baserunner in every inning but the sixth.

Kautz doubled and scored in the sixth and drove in a run with another double in the seventh. The junior recorded seven hits, scored six times and drove in five runs in the three games. Mike Wheeler also collected two hits in the victory for Cumberland.

Sam Neal, Zac Wallace and Josiah Ness all had two hits for Lyon (24-11, 4-5). Lyon starter Garry Richards (2-1) allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits in eight innings. He walked five and struck out nine, including seven of the first 10 batters of the game.

The Bulldogs had just one baserunner in the first three innings until Wheeler drew a two-out walk in the fourth. Matt Greener followed with a single before an RBI single to center from Tyler Fisher.

On Saturday, Max Kautz hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning of game one and Robert Post tossed a five-inning no-hitter in the second game, as Cumberland swept a doubleheader at Lyon, 11-10 and 13-1.

Zack Diekmann’s infield single pushed across the tying run for the Bulldogs in the seventh inning of the first game and Kautz’s two-run home run in the 10th was the difference in an 11-10 victory.

Eric Spivey (1-0) tossed five innings of relief to pick up the win for CU, allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th with three strikeouts.

In the second game Post (3-2) did not allow a hit in five innings in a 13-1 triumph. The former Mt. Juliet Christian standout struck out eight and gave up an unearned run.

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