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CU's Stovall whiffs 11; pinned with 3-0 loss Tuesday at The Vet

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Pinch-hitter Daniel Harrison popped out and Cory Urquhart struck out looking against reliever Aaron Matula, who posted his first save with 1.2 perfect innings. Spartans starter Michael Avila (2-0) gave up five hits and walked five with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings to pick up the victory.


Sam Lind collected two of CUs five hits in the game, but it was CUs inability to get a hit with runners on base that was the difference, going 0-for-6 in the contest with runners in scoring position.


Kyle Hardy hit a hanging breaking ball over the wall in leftfield in the first inning to give the Spartans an early lead.


MBU scored again in the third thanks to a Bulldog miscue. Joe Riley walked to leadoff and Patrick Johnson put down a bunt, but Josh McGee bobbled the ball and both runners were safe. Riley moved to third on a deep fly ball by Kyle Turner and Hardys fly ball to center pushed across the run for a 2-0 advantage.


The Bulldogs produced very few scoring opportunities against Avila, with Urquhart and Mike Mandarino both singling in the first and CU loading the bases in the sixth. Cumberland stranded at least one runner in the first six innings, including Lind after he tripled with one out in the fifth. Mandarino and McGee both grounded to third to end the inning.


The Spartans plated an insurance run in the seventh when Matt Harjung singled against reliever Logan Neal and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Barban. With two outs Johnson singled through the rightside, scoring Harjung with the games final run.


Cumberland takes on Missouri Baptist again Wednesday at 2 p.m. before hitting the road for a weekend series at Martin Methodist beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

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