MT. VERNON, Ga. -- Mike Mandarino tossed a complete-game shutout and William Henderson plated the only run, as 7th-ranked Cumberland split a doubleheader, winning the second game 1-0 on Saturday at Brewton-Parker.
The Bulldogs (2-1) dropped the opener, 4-2, with the Barons scoring four times in the fifth inning after CU held an early 2-0 advantage. Mandarino (1-0) helped the visitors to the doubleheader split, giving up four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings.
Brewton-Parker (3-4) left runners on first and third to end the game, as Eddie Peyton grounded out to end the game.
Craig Monson walked to leadoff the third inning for CU, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Hendersons single through the leftside for the games only run. CU bounced into a pair of doubleplays in the latter innings, but Mandarino made the single run stand up, as Cumberland won 2-of-3 games over the weekend against the Barons.
Chipper Smith (0-1) suffered the loss in the opener for the Bulldogs despite retiring the first 13 batters of the game. The lefthander allowed four runs on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
BPCs Joel McLaughlin (3-0) picked up the victory, giving up two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. Ryan Raymer tossed a perfect seventh inning for his third save of the young season.
In the first inning of the opener, Cory Urquhart was hit by the pitch to leadoff the game and moved to second on a wild pickoff throw with two outs.Mandarino popped out to end the inning, but the ball was dropped and Urquhart came around to score for an early lead.
CU added to the lead in the fourth when Cody Ferrell led off with a shallow single and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Alford. Urquharts two-out double to deep rightcenter plated Critchelow for a 2-0 edge for the visitors.
The Barons broke through in the fifth, with a one-out single to left from Joseph Taylor breaking up Smiths perfect game. Jacob Otwell was hit before a run-scoring double by Tony Voiro. Peyton then bunted but the Bulldogs were unable to get the runner at the plate, allowing a run to score and putting runners on the corners.
DeMontez Jones and Omar Artsen followed with consecutive run-scoring singles through the leftside, giving BPC a 4-2 lead. The bleeding finally stopped for the Bulldogs when Daniel Jones flied out to right and Artsen was forced out by Ferrell, ending the inning.
ON FRIDAY -- Keith Kirby tossed six strong innings and Nick Sydnor collected three hits, drove in two runs and scored once, as seventh-ranked Cumberland opened the 2012 season with a 6-1 victory at Brewton-Parker.
The Bulldogs could not have asked much more from Kirby (1-0), who allowed just two hits and one hit with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The righthander threw 95 total pitches, 60 for strikes, and retired 14 straight batters after giving up two singles in the first inning to the Barons (2-2).
Sydnor singled home the first run of the game in the second inning, started a four-run fifth inning with a leadoff single in the fifth and plated CUs final run with a single in the eighth. Josh McGee added two hits for Cumberland in the earliest season opener for the program since 2003.
Devin Stovall tossed three hitless innings to earn the save for the Bulldogs. The sophomore walked two batters in the eighth but struck out the final two of the inning to get out of the jam. In all he struck out five.
BPC starter Daniel Jones (0-2), the first of four Barons pitchers in the game, allowed three earned runs on seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out nine.
The Bulldogs got on the board first when McGee reached on an infield single with one out in the second inning before a triple to leftcenter from Sydnor.
Sydnor started a four-run fifth inning for CU with a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Craig Monson. Pinch-hitter Daniel Harrisons single to center pushed Sydnor across and Harrison moved to second on the throw. Antonio Butler followed with a double just over the third basemans head, plating Harrison.
Cory Urquhart then walked and both runners moved up with a stolen base. Sam Linds two-out single to shallow right scored both players for a 5-0 Cumberland lead.
Omar Artsen drew a one-out walk for the Barons in the sixth, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly to left from Joseph Taylor.
CU added another run in the eighth when Mike Mandarino led off with a single and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow moved to second on a wild pitch. Sydnors single to right plated Critchelow for a 6-1 lead.
Cumberland takes on Belhaven University, LSU-Shreveport and Southern Poly next weekend in Jackson, Miss., before opening the home schedule Wednesday, Feb. 15 against Milligan College.
Lebanon High's basketball program turned the page after 57 years at Campbell Brandon Gym / Hester Gibbs Court with a pair of rousing victories Friday night over longtime rival Gallatin. Friday's contest marked the final regular season games at the old building.
The Devilettes dusted Gallatin 48-24 in the opener, running out to a 13-0 lead and never looking back.
The Blue Devils rode a 23-performance from post man Cameron High for a 53-39 victory over the slumping Green Wave. Senior Zimmer Hunn hit for 19, including the final regular season basket in the old building.
Elsewhere in Wilson County Friday night, Mt. Juliet Christian Academy's girls dusted off Riverside Christian from Fayetteville 49-18 behind 15 points from Lynnze Ethridge. The lady Saints improved to 11-13 overall.
In the nightcap at MJCA, the Saints rolled to a 66-46 win over Riverside as Trevor West popped for 21 points, including three 3-pointers. MJCA stands 14-9 overall / 7-4 in the Middle-East region of Division II.
Over at Friendship Christian, the Watertown Tigerettes pulled out a hard-fought 45-34 victory over the Lady Commnders Friday. WHS got double-digit scoring from Hailey Speck with 15, Morgan gartner with 14 and Jordan Brewington 12 on four 3-pointers. FCS was led by eight points each from Deja Jones and Kristian Watkins.
In the nightcap, No. 3-ranked Friendship slipped past a determined Watertown team 51-48 as Dalton Patterson led the way with 18 points. Mark Sandoval added 13. The Purple Tigers were led by 20 from KeAnDre Bates and 11 from Ty Jobe.
Mt. Juliet's Caya Williams broke the 2,500 point barrier for her carrer with an 18-point effort in Friday's 59-15 victory over Hendersonville.
The Golden Bears suffered their second consecutive defeat, this one a 54-42 loss at the hands of Hendersonville. Caleb Chowbay was the only MJ player in double figures with 19 points.
Wilson Central's boys moved into sole possession of first place in District 9AAA with a 82-61 win over Station Camp. Jacob Williams had 26 points as the Wildcats improved to 20-3 overall and 11-2 in District 9AAA.
Station Camp's girls defeated Wilson Central 55-53 in Friday night's opener, placing three players in double figures. Central was outscored 14-11 in the fourth quarter. Sydney Vanlandingham led the Lady Wildcats with 19 points.
FRANKLIN -- Wilson Central's wrestling team ran into a buzzsaw in Friday's opening match of the TSSAA State Dual Tournament at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center.
The Wildcats were blitzed 60-3 by powerful Soddy Daisy. Ninth grader John Kramer was the only WC wrestler to record a win as he decisioned Billy Swanson 12-6 in the 220-pound class.
Later on Friday, Central rebounded with a lopsided 71-6 victory over Knoxville Powell in the first round of the consolation bracket.
Wilson Central was eliminated by Ravenwood Saturday in the second round of the consolation bracket by a score of 38-30.
Soddy Daisy 60, Wilson Central 3
195 - Brett Ervin (SD) p. Dakota Petree (Wilson) 0:54; 220 - John Kramer (Wilson) d. Billy Swanson (SD) 12-6; 285 - Alex Seeley (SD) p. Michael Vaughn (Wilson) 0:25; 106 - Austin Houser (SD) d. Lane Dickerson (Wilson) 5-2; 113 - Adam Brewer (SD) d. Jonathan Hayes (Wilson) 8-5; 120 - Jacob Stevens (SD) d. Nick Insalaco (Wilson) 9-7; 126 - Josh Deckelman (SD) m.d. Eddie Small (Wilson) 19-5; 132 - Campbell Lewis (SD) p. Austin Richard (Wilson) 1:14; 138 - Gage Richmond (SD) p. John-Michael Jenkinson (Wilson) 3:45; 145 - Jonah Smith (SD) d. Jonathan Ward (Wilson) 4-0; 152 - Turbo Smith (SD) t.f. Benjamin Iiles (Wilson) 3:00; 160 - Brandon Hunt (SD) d. Jacob Myers (Wilson) 9-4; 170 - Blaike Henry (SD) p. John Lasater (Wilson) 1:18; 182 - Luke Reno (SD) p. Perry Baltz (Wilson) 4:39.
Wilson Central 71, Powell 6
126 - Eddie Small (Wilson) d. Tyler Kimble (Pow) 3-1; 132 - Austin Richard (Wilson) p. Johathan Sellers (Pow) 3:08; 138 - John-Michael Jenkinson (Wilson) p. Eli Bishop (Pow) 1:28; 145 - Jonathan Ward (Wilson) d. Adam Parton (Pow) 12-5; 152 - Ben Iiles (Wilson) p. Dakota York (Pow) 1:11; 160 - Jacob Myers (Wilson) p. Christian Bolden (Pow) 3:05; 170 - John Lasater (Wilson) p. Joe Gourley (Pow) 3:09; 182 - Perry Baltz (Wilson) p. Andrew Irby (Pow) 1:38; 195 - Dakota Petree (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 220 - John Kramer (Wilson) p. Robert Hamilton (Pow) 1:23; 285 - Anthony Riveria (Pow) wins by forfeit; 106 - Lane Dickeson (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 113 - Christian Cerrito (Wilson) p. Austin Irby (Pow) 2:58; 120 - Nick Insalaco (Wilson) m.d. Bob Carathers (Pow) 16-1.
Ravenwood 38, Wilson Central 30
132 - Jacob Freeman (Rw) t.f. Andy Hamrick (Wilson) 6:00; 138 - Austin Richard (Wilson) d. Taylor Warren (Rw) 6-5; 145 - Haydn Jennings (Rw) d. John-Michael Jenkinson (Wilson) 4-2; 152 - Tanner Reynolds (Rw) t.f. Benjamin Iiles (Wilson) 5:18; 160 - Grant Jones (Rw) d. Jacob Myers (Wilson) 6-2; 170 - Camden Grecco (Rw) p. John Lasater (Wilson) 3:37; 182 - Jonathan Mabry (Rw) m.d. Perry Baltz (Wilson) 9-1; 195 - Evan Long (Rw) p. John Petree (Wilson) 2:31; 220 - John Kramer (Wilson) d. Preston Shotts (Rw) 11-6; 285 - Bowen Reau (Rw) p. John Vaughn (Wilson) 0:13; 106 - Lane Dickeson (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 113 - Jonathan Hayes (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 120 - Nick Insalaco (Wilson) wins by forfeit; 126 - Eddie Small (Wilson) wins by forfeit.