By TOMMY BRYAN
That noise you heard Monday afternoon was a collective sigh of relief coming from the Cumberland University baseball complex. Slugging third baseman Matt Greener was diagnosed with a sprained left wrist following a collision at home plate in Sunday’s 6-3 win over Lindsey Wilson at Stockton Field.
“We were afraid he had a broken bone in there,” Coach Woody Hunt said. “He should be back in the lineup Friday when we play Freed Hardeman. I’m just glad it wasn’t worse.”
Greener, a senior out of Jupiter, FL, is hitting a red-hot .500 for the season with 74 hits in 148 at bats. He leads the team with 18 homeruns, 61 RBI and 16 doubles.
No. 2-ranked CU celebrated Monday’s medical report with a lopsided 15-5 victory over Bryan College under the lights at Veterans Field in Baird Park.
Cumberland improved to 34-8 with the victory as Max Kautz doubled and tripled to drive in four runs.
The Bulldogs scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to win its fifth straight contest and completed a stretch of 10 games in 11 games with an 8-2 mark.
Every Bulldog starter had at least one hit and Troy Frazier, Eric Vetetoe and Kautz each collected two hits. CU also took advantage of eight walks and three hit batters by the Lions (18-25).
Luke Whittaker (2-0) struggled through the first three innings but settled down to get the victory, allowing two earned runs on six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three. Derrick Harwood and Peter Taraskevich tossed the final two innings for the Bulldogs, striking out four.
Cumberland hosts Freed-Hardeman this weekend in a three-game series at Ernest L. Stockton Field starting Friday at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, Adam Sprague struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in eight innings and tCU scored four runs in the seventh a 6-3 victory Sunday over Lindsey Wilson.