Hollis drives in four runs
LEBANON -- Cumberland University's baseball team bounced back from a rough weekend with a 12-6 victory over Huntington University at Stockton Field.
The Phoenix pounded out 14 hits in the win, improving to 17-14 on the season.
Freshman outfielder Steven Hollis (Lebanon, Friendship Christian) drove in four runs on a 3-for-4 effort with a double and a stolen base.
Shortstop Hector Viera also went 3-for-4, scored three runs and stole a base.
Mitch Langer (2-1) worked six innings for the decision, scattered seven hits, walked four and struck out five.
Caleb Pitts pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth and allowed three runs -- all unearned. He walked two and struck out three.
Cumberland will be back in action Tuesday afternoon at Bryan College in Dayton.
UPike sweeps Cumberland
LEBANON -- The University of Pikeville used two big innings in the opener and one in the second game to sweep Cumberland, 8-4 and 10-0, and complete the sweep in baseball action Saturday at Stockton Field.
The Bears (14-9, 4-2 Mid-South) scored four runs in the first and then three more in the ninth in the first game of the day. Pikeville struck for six runs in the fourth inning to break open a 1-0 game in the second contest.
Four Cumberland (2-4 MSC) hurlers allowed 25 hits and issued seven walks to Pikeville in the doubleheader. Justin Beatly drove in two of the Bears' four runs in the first inning in the opener and then cleared the bases with a double in the ninth after the Phoenix had pulled within, 5-4.
Cumberland starter Curtis Hoppe (4-2) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on five hits in 2.2 innings. Parker Cash pitched well in relief before running into trouble in the ninth, allowing three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Nick McGrew and Hector Viera each collected two hits for Cumberland in the loss.
Bruce Bell (4-1) picked up the win for the Bears, giving up three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. Logan Sales posted his fourth save of the year, tossing three hitless innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Josh Bailey registered three hits in Pikeville's 14-hit attack.
Travis Haen's two-run single was part of a six-run fourth in the second game, with Bailey, Beatly and Connor Osborne also plating runs with hits in the inning. Haen posted three hits and drove in three runs while Jacob DiThomas added two hits and scored four times in the 10-0 victory.
Aaron Hedgecock (2-0) tossed seven shutout innings for the win, allowing two hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Erik Barron made his first start of the year for CU and got the loss, giving up one run in three innings before allowing six runs on five hits in the fourth.
Pikeville got four runs on three hits in the first inning of the opener to take control of the contest.
ON FRIDAY -- Cumberland scored four times in the first and once in the third, but the University of Pikeville posted three runs in its final two at-bats en route to a 9-6 victory over the Phoenix at Stockton Field.
Cumberland starter Stephen Fischer (6-1) collected his first loss of the year, giving up eight runs on 11 hits in seven-plus innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Melendez got the final six outs, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
McGrew, Croft and Melendez each registered two hits for the Phoenix and Croft scored twice, but CU was just 3-for-13 with runners in base in the loss.