On Saturday, the wind was blowing in at Stockton Field, making for a pitcher’s park. Cumberland’s arms responded as Aaron Wilkerson, Robert Post and Adam Sprague combined to limit the Lions to just two runs in 4-1 and 5-1 victories.
Wilkerson (7-1) allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out four in his seventh complete game of the year in the opener. He worked out of a jam in the fourth inning and gave up a solo homer in the sixth to earn his seventh straight decision.
Kautz singled twice and scored two runs in the opener while Greg Appleton had an RBI double in the fifth and later scored on a Troy Frazier sacrifice fly that gave the Bulldogs some breathing room.
Post (5-2) started and allowed just one run in the first after the Lions loaded the bases with no one out, and the righthander cruised through the next three innings before FHU loaded the bases again with nobody out in the fifth.
Sprague induced a doubleplay and a ground ball to get out of the fifth with Freed-Hardeman scoring and then tossed the final two innings for his first save of the year.
Cumberland registered 19 hits in the doubleheader but stranded 11 baserunners against a steady diet of lefthanders for the Lions.
With the sweep, the Bulldogs won their sixth, seventh and eighth straight contests and swept a conference series for the second straight weekend. Union is just one game behind the ‘Dogs in the league, though CU won 2-of-3 from Union in the first TSC series of the season.TranSouth Conference baseball standingsSchool TSC All Cumberland 10-2 37-8 Union (Tenn.) 9-3 32-9 Martin Methodist 7-5 18-21Freed-Hardeman 6-6 28-15 Lyon (Ark.) 6-6 24-15Bethel (Tenn.) 4-8 24-12 Trevecca 4-8 25-17 Mid-Continent 2-10 8-31