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LEBANON -- Chipper Smith tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener and Brodie Ross drove in the winning runs with a single before Keith Kirby got the final two outs for the save in the nightcap, as 7th-ranked Cumberland swept a doubleheader against Lindsey Wilson, 2-0 and 3-2, Friday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.

The Bulldogs (6-4) have won four straight games this week at home after opening the season with six consecutive contests on the road.

Smith (1-2) tossed a four-hit shutout in the opening game, did not walk a batter and struck out six. The Blue Raiders managed just six baserunners in the game against the lefthander, including two in the first inning.

In the second game Mike Mandarino worked into the seventh before walking Lance Harrington to start the inning ended his day on the mound. With pinch-runner Alex Harper on second base, Keith Kirby induced a pair of popouts to earn the save.

Mandarino (2-1) gave up six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. The righthander has worked into the seventh inning in all three of his starts this season.

Josh McGee drove in a run in both contests and Ross two-run single in the fourth inning plated pinch-runner Antonio Butler and McGee to give CU a 3-1 edge in the second game.

LWC starter Matt Addis walked the first three batters of the game in the opener and Cory Urquhart scored on Mandarinos groundout. In the third inning Addis walked Sam Lind and Nick Sydnor before a single from McGee plated the clubs second run of the game.

Leandro Perez and Adam Peacock both singled in the first inning, but Manuel Alonso bounced into a doubleplay to end the threat. In the LWC third Harrington led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Drew Barrett, but Perez lined into a doubleplay to end the inning. None of the other three Blue Raider baserunners in the game reached second base.

Addis (0-1) worked 2.2 innings, allowing just one hit with six walks and two strikeouts. Reliever Aaron Mayfield tossed 3.1 scoreless frames, giving up three hits with one strikeout.

In the second game Mandarino drew a leadoff walk in the second, Butler stole second and scored on McGees double to rightcenter.

Perez hit a solo homer with two outs in the third, cutting the Bulldog lead in half. In the CU fourth Mandarino was hit to leadoff, McGee walked and Craig Monson reached on an infield single, loading the bases. Ross single down the leftfield line pushed the CU edge to 3-1.

Harrington was in the middle of the action again, singling with one out in the fifth. Dustin Murphy and Perez followed with singles, loading the bases, and Peacock drew a two-out walk, forcing in a run, but Alonso struck out looking to end the inning.

LWCs Daniel Pulliam (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in six innings.

Cumberland does not play again until February 25 in a home doubleheader against Point Park University at Noon.

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