LEBANON -- Anthony Gomez retired the final 19 batters of the game, tossing a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts, helping 10th-ranked Cumberland to a 9-0 victory and a doubleheader split against Campbellsville University Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field.
The Bulldogs (21-13, 6-6 Mid-South) dropped the first game, 10-3, with Campbellsville head coach Beauford Sanders picking up his 1,000th career victory.
Gomez (2-2) was the story of the second contest, allowing two singles in the first inning (one was erased on a doubleplay) before setting down the Tigers (16-13, 6-6) the rest of the way.
The lefthander threw just 72 pitches in the seven-inning victory, his first win since February 15 versus Taylor University. He lowered his ERA to 2.43 and now has 50 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work this season.
Chris Hall posted three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored for the Bulldogs and Ricky Coleman and Sam Lind each drove in three runs. Lind finished 4-for-4, with all four hits to the opposite field.
Cumberland scored five times in the first two innings, as Coleman, Lind and Tyler Anderson all drove in runs in the first inning and Hall and Lind plated the runs in the second frame. Hall, Coleman and Lind each had RBIs in a three-run fifth inning as well for CU, which completely turned around the offense in the second game after the Tigers dominated the opener.
Alex Kline (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits without recording an out.
Campbellsville’s Jacob Russell hit a pair of home runs – a two-run shot in the fourth and a three-run homer in the seventh – and drove in six runs in a 10-3 victory in the opener.
The Tigers scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings and three times apiece in the seventh and eighth. Campbellsville pounded out 18 hits in the contest, including a 5-for-5 effort from Carlos Torres as well as four hits by Russell.
Matt Robertson (3-2) nearly tossed a complete game for the win, allowing just one run on five hits through eight innings before running into trouble in the ninth. The righthander walked three, hit four batters and struck out four but induced three ground ball doubleplays that helped his cause.
CU starter Clint Meadows (3-3) allowed four runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings to take the loss, walking one and striking out one. Reliever Stevie Smith pitched well until allowing Russell’s three-run shot in the seventh and Austin Williams gave up three runs on five hits in the eighth inning.
Cumberland plays its next four games on the road, traveling to Tennessee Wesleyan Tuesday, March 25 before heading to Lindsey Wilson for a three-game weekend series in Columbia, Ky.