Fresh from a doubleheader sweep over Milligan Wednesday, Cumberlands baseball team will be back in action Friday against Lindsey Wilson College.
First planned as a single game, a 12:30 p.m. doubleheader is on tap at Ernest L. Stockton Field on the CU campus.
No. 7-ranked Cumberland improved to 4-4 on the season with a pair of wins, 13-8 and 5-2, over Milligan. Pitchers Devin Stovall and Cody Ferrell each posted quality starts and the Bulldog hitters produced five home runs on the day.
"We played much better Wednesday," said coach Woody Hunt. "We showed some signs of being a good offensive team, but it's still awfully early. I hope we can build a little on what we did Wednesday."
The Bulldogs (4-4) collected 24 hits in the doubleheader, including five from leadoff hitter Cory Urquhart and four by Josh McGee. Urquhart drove in five runs in the twinbill as well and Sam Lind hit two home runs and posted four RBIs.
Stovall (1-0) picked up the victory in the opener, allowing two runs on three hits in five innings. The righthander walked two and struck out seven. Ferrell (1-0) was even better in the second game, giving up two unearned runs and four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts for the lefthander.
Cumberland scored 11 runs in the first two innings in the first game, including home runs from Lind, Craig Monson, Mike Mandarino and McGee. Lind hit a second homer later in the contest and Milligan (1-5) scored five times in the final inning to make it closer.
In the first game the Bulldogs exploded for 11 runs in the first two innings and then held on in the final frame.
CU posted seven runs in the first inning, sending 12 batters to the plate. Urquhart led off with a single before Lind belted his first career home run to rightfield. Nick Sydnor then walked and McGee singled with one out, setting up Monsons three-run blast to leftcenter.
Heath Holliday kept the inning going with another single and Antonio Butler followed with a double. Urquharts single down the rightfield line plated both runs to finish the inning.
Cumberland added four more runs in the second, starting with back-to-back solo homers from Mandarino and McGee. Holliday and Butler both singled with two outs before a two-run double to rightcenter put the Bulldogs ahead, 11-0.
Sydnor doubled to leadoff the CU third inning and scored on Daniel Harrisons two-out single to the left side.
The Buffaloes got on the board in the fourth when Luke Kirk doubled to leadoff and Kyle Kolat plated the run with a two-out single through the left side. Milligan added another run in the fifth after a leadoff walk to Joe Purus, who stole second and came around to score on a single up the middle by Wesley Jones.
Lind belted his second homer of the day to start the bottom of the fifth for a 13-2 CU advantage.
But Milligan was not done, scoring once in the sixth after a two-out walk to Kolat. Ryan White then doubled down the leftfield line and after another free pass, this one to Purus, and a hit batter, loading the bases, pinch-hitter Brandon Malone plated Kolat with a single through the left side.
In the seventh Bulldog reliever Matt McFarland allowed back-to-back doubles from Jones and Kirk and Cory Hilton singled, putting runners on the corners. Consecutive walks pushed across a run and Logan Neal entered the game. The lefthander got a popout before Purus reached on an error, plating another run. Hunter Carpenters two-out single to left scored two more for the Buffaloes, but Jones flied out to center to finally end the contest.
In the second game Cumberland scored three times in the third inning to give Ferrell some breathing room.
William Henderson started the frame with a bunt single and Urquhart followed with a double. Linds single to right plated a run and Urquhart later scored on a wild pitch. McGees two-out infield single scored Lind for a 3-0 advantage.
In the fourth Richie Seaton singled, stole second and scored on Urquharts two-out single to center for a 4-0 edge.
The Bulldogs gave up two unearned runs in the sixth to left Milligan back into the game.
Kirk singled with one out before two straight fielding errors by Harrison at third base. Kolats single to rightcenter plated two runs, cutting the Cumberland lead to 4-2.
CU got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Seaton was hit and pinch-runner Butler came around to score on two passed balls and a wild pitch.