Phoenix hosts four weekend games
LEBANON -- Ryan Dickison belted a two-run homer, collected two hits and scored twice, but Cumberland stranded eight baserunners despite posting 11 hits and 14th-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan got the game-winning run on a throwing error in a 5-4 win over the Phoenix in baseball action Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The loss ended a four-game winning streak for Cumberland (7-3), who left five players on base in the first two innings, missing chances to break the game open early.
Dickison's two-run homer in the fifth gave CU a 4-2 edge, but RBI singles from Alfred Cruz and Omar Gomez for TWC in the sixth knotted the game at four.
In the seventh Wardy Polanco led off with a walk and Sully Rios Reyes was hit by CU reliever Caleb Pitts. Marlor Villafana grounded up the middle for what looked to be a doubleplay, but the relay throw from Josh Croft was high, allowing Polanco to score on the play with the go-ahead run.
Ryan Hartman (1-0) picked up the win with four innings of relief for Wesleyan, striking out nine and allowing just two hits. The lefthander did not walk a batter and was the fourth hurler of the day for TWC.
Pitts (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing both batters he faced to reach in the seventh, wasting a good effort from Mitch Langer in his first start. The righthander allowed four runs on six hits in six innings with nine strikeouts. He also walked six, laboring in his final inning.
Sean Cruz also worked three quality innings of relief for Cumberland, giving up one hit with five strikeouts.
Dickison and Hector Viera each registered two hits for the Phoenix, with Viera plating Dickison with a two-out single to center in the third after a double from Dickison.
Cumberland hosts Judson University in a four-game series this weekend starting with Saturday's Noon doubleheader at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The teams conclude the series Sunday with two games beginning at 12:30 p.m.