Cumberland sweeps TSC tournament
MILLINGTON -- Zack Diekman slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning Thursday night as Cumberland's baseball team won the TranSouth Conference tournament -- going a perfect 5-0 at USA Stadium.
With a berth in next week's Region XI tournament already in hand thanks to a 6-5 victory over Martin Methodist in the semifinals, Coach Woody Hunt's team needed extra innings to put away Trevecca Nazarene 7-5.
The game marked Cumberland's third consecutive TranSouth Conference tournament title and fifth over the past six seasons. Ironically, CU (41-19) entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and needed to reach the finals in order to secure a berth in next week's Region XI tournament set for Lebanon's Stockton Field.
Diekman ripped the first pitch he saw over the wall in dead leftfield for his eighth home run of the season to make a winner of reliever Andrew Ward (1-1). Ward worked two innings, allowing two hits and one run.