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BULLDOGS WIN 5TH STRAIGHT GAME
FT. WORTH, TX -- Shortstop Tommy Winegardner belted a three-run homer and Lebanon’s Cody Ferrell tossed a complete game with five strikeouts, in No. 1 Cumberland's 7-1 victory Monday over Texas Wesleyan at historic LaGrave Field.

The Bulldogs (14-3) have won five straight contests on their current eight-game road trip, giving up a total of nine runs in the five outings.

Ferrell (1-1) was nothing short of masterful against the Rams (10-9), allowing just four hits through eight innings before running into trouble in the ninth.

TWU loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk before Joseph Lassiter flied out to end the contest.

Ferrell was roughed up in his last outing, but he rebounded in a big way for the Bulldogs on Monday, saving a somewhat thin pitching staff with a much-needed complete game.

CU collected 12 hits in the contest, three from Tommy Crews and two apiece by Greg Appleton and Mike Mandarino.

Winegardner provided the big blow with the three-run shot in the sixth, upping his current hitting streak to nine games.

Cumberland plays a 1 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday at Northwood University before finishing the road swing at 13th-ranked LSU-Shreveport on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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