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'Dogs whip Wm. Jewell 11-1

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CU plays today at 2:30 p.m.

PADUCAH, KY — No. 5-ranked Cumberland rode a stellar performance by junior lefty Will Locante Thursday night for an 11-1 victory over William Jewell in the opening round of the NAIA National Championships.

Locante (8-2) was electric, striking out 14 batters in seven innings, allowing just one hit and no walks.

“We had a pro pitcher going for us tonight,” said CU coach Woody Hunt. “Fourteen strikeouts in just seven innings is a dominating performance at any level.”

CU pounded William Jewell pitching for 13 hits, led by second baseman Tommy Crews who went 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored — including a three run homer. Tommy Winegardner slugged a three-run homer, his 8th of the season and Mike Mandarino added a solo blast — his team leading 18th HR of the season.

“We scored consistentaly tonight, and had a couple of big innings,” Hunt said, “Tommy Crews is really swinging the bat well for us right now . We played good defense, made some tough plays.”

Now 44-14 on the season, Cumberland will take on Tennessee Wesleyan Friday in a 2:30 p.m. game at Brooks Stadium.

Live radio coverage begins at 2:10 p.m. on WCOR AM-1490 and on the Internet at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.

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