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CU 5, Lindsey Wilson 2

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Former Wilson Central standout James Parker bopped a pair of homers, his 13th and 14th of the season, as the Bulldogs improved to 26-14 on the season.

Parker dropped a two-run bomb on the Raiders in the top of the second inning for 2-0 CU lead. Catcher Michael Wheeler added an RBI single in the third before Parker’s second blast of the game – a two out solo homer to right in the top of the fourth.

Second baseman James Lilley added an RBI single in the seventh.

Matt Madigan (5-1) started and went five innings for the decision. He allowed just one hit, walked one with four strikeouts.

Anthony Fomasi, Sam Roberts, Robert Post and Andrew Ward worked an inning each to close out the game with Ward earning the save.

Cumberland will be back in action this weekend as the Bulldogs host TranSouth Conference rival Lyon College in a three-game series at Stockton Field.

Friday’s doubleheader gets underway at 12 Noon Saturday followed by a 1 p.m. single game on Saturday.

All games can be head over the Internet at www.cumberland.edu.

-- Don’t look now, but the hottest baseball team in the TranSouth Conference just might be the Cumberland Bulldogs.

A perirenal league powerhouse, the Bulldogs suffered an array of injuries in the preseason, but appear to have things going in the right direction with a 24-14 overall and 7-6 in the TranSouth.

Coach Woody Hunt’s team has won four straight games, including a three-game series sweep of league opponent Lambuth, heading into this weekend’s conference home series with Lyon College of Arkansas.

“We’ve taking some licks,” Coach Hunt said after Sunday’s 22-6 lopsided victory over the Eagles.

“We’re certainly playing better, with more confidence. We’ve still got a ways to go.”

Coincidentally, the four game-win streak started when Hunt moved shortstop Austin Morgan to third and inserted junior Will Curry as the everyday shortstop.

Both players have flourished since the swap.

“Austin has been playing hurt, and the move puts a little less wear and tear on his shoulder. Curry has shown he can make the routine plays for us and he’s got some pop.”

Morgan, a senior out of Orangevale, CA, was 2-of-2 with one of three CU grand slams on Sunday.

His bomb came in the second inning and was sandwiched between a first inning grand slam off the bat of designated hitter Zach Diekmann and yet another grand slam in the fourth inning by Brian Lucas.

All told, CU hit six homers and pounded out 21 hits against four beleaguered Lambuth pitchers.

Lambuth was really short of pitching on Sunday,” Coach Hunt said, “but after the way we started out -- we’re not too particular about how we score.”

Another bright spot in Sunday’s win was the performance of lefty pitcher Lance McClain, who has missed nearly a month with an injury to his non-throwing hand.

McClain (3-1) got the decision with five innings of work, scattering five hits and allowing three earned runs. He struck out five and walked four.

“Lance is really tough on himself,” Hunt said, “but he got some work in and really showed some flashes. He’s going to get better the deeper we go into the season.”

CU swept Saturday’s doubleheader 5-3 and 7-6 as catcher Michael Wheeler’s RBI single to right scored Curry with game winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Cumberland opens the Lyon series with a 12 Noon doubleheader Saturday followed by a 1 p.m. single game on Saturday.

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