REMATCH OF 2010 NAIA FINALS
From Post staff reports
CLEVELAND -- Cumberland tuned up for this weekend's TranSouth Conference series at Lyon COllege with a 7-4 win Tuesday evening vs No. 1-ranked Lee University at Olympic Field.
Lee brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Daniel Kern recorded the final three outs to preserve the win and snap a 12-game Flame winning streak.
Seventh-ranked Cumberland pounded out 11 hits, including three each from Cory Farris and Tommy Crews, as the Bulldogs (36-12) overcame four errors. The victory was the 10th straight for Coach Woody Hunt's crew.
Mike Mandarino (4-2) threw six strong innings for the Bulldogs, allowing no earned runs on five hits. The righthander did not walk a batter and struck out three. Mandarino looked like he might take the loss after two errors allowed the Flames to score three times in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead.
But the Bulldogs answered with three runs in the seventh after Tommy Winegardner walked and Mandarino singled. Farris scored one run with a single before a two-run double to rightcenter from Crews put Cumberland ahead for good.
CU added an insurance run in the ninth when Farris doubled and Crews singled over the shortstop's head for his third RBI of the contest. Mandarino added two hits to his cause on the mound and Winegardner scored twice.
Matt Vance tossed two good innings of relief before running into trouble in the ninth. Vance also benefitted from a great relay throw from Winegardner, as Roberto Reyes doubled to deep center, off the glove of Antonio Butler with two outs in the eighth, but Butler hit Winegardner and his throw nailed Reyes trying to stretch it to a triple.
Cumberland will depart Lebanon Thursday around 11 a.m. for the long trip to Batesville, Ark. Friday's single game starts at 3 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader beginns at 12 Noon.
Live radio coverage of Friday's game can be heard on WCOR AM-1490; Saturday's doubleheader will be broadcast on WANT FM-98.9.