|Cumberland baseball takes 2-of-3 to open 2012 season|
|Friday, February 3, 2012|
MT. VERNON, Ga. -- Mike Mandarino tossed a complete-game shutout and William Henderson plated the only run, as 7th-ranked Cumberland split a doubleheader, winning the second game 1-0 on Saturday at Brewton-Parker.
The Bulldogs (2-1) dropped the opener, 4-2, with the Barons scoring four times in the fifth inning after CU held an early 2-0 advantage. Mandarino (1-0) helped the visitors to the doubleheader split, giving up four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings.
Brewton-Parker (3-4) left runners on first and third to end the game, as Eddie Peyton grounded out to end the game.
Craig Monson walked to leadoff the third inning for CU, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Henderson’s single through the leftside for the game’s only run. CU bounced into a pair of doubleplays in the latter innings, but Mandarino made the single run stand up, as Cumberland won 2-of-3 games over the weekend against the Barons.
Chipper Smith (0-1) suffered the loss in the opener for the Bulldogs despite retiring the first 13 batters of the game. The lefthander allowed four runs on four hits with five strikeouts in six innings.
BPC’s Joel McLaughlin (3-0) picked up the victory, giving up two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. Ryan Raymer tossed a perfect seventh inning for his third save of the young season.
In the first inning of the opener, Cory Urquhart was hit by the pitch to leadoff the game and moved to second on a wild pickoff throw with two outs.Mandarino popped out to end the inning, but the ball was dropped and Urquhart came around to score for an early lead.
CU added to the lead in the fourth when Cody Ferrell led off with a shallow single and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Alford. Urquhart’s two-out double to deep rightcenter plated Critchelow for a 2-0 edge for the visitors.
The Barons broke through in the fifth, with a one-out single to left from Joseph Taylor breaking up Smith’s perfect game. Jacob Otwell was hit before a run-scoring double by Tony Voiro. Peyton then bunted but the Bulldogs were unable to get the runner at the plate, allowing a run to score and putting runners on the corners.
DeMontez Jones and Omar Artsen followed with consecutive run-scoring singles through the leftside, giving BPC a 4-2 lead. The bleeding finally stopped for the Bulldogs when Daniel Jones flied out to right and Artsen was forced out by Ferrell, ending the inning.
ON FRIDAY -- Keith Kirby tossed six strong innings and Nick Sydnor collected three hits, drove in two runs and scored once, as seventh-ranked Cumberland opened the 2012 season with a 6-1 victory at Brewton-Parker.
The Bulldogs could not have asked much more from Kirby (1-0), who allowed just two hits and one hit with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. The righthander threw 95 total pitches, 60 for strikes, and retired 14 straight batters after giving up two singles in the first inning to the Barons (2-2).
Sydnor singled home the first run of the game in the second inning, started a four-run fifth inning with a leadoff single in the fifth and plated CU’s final run with a single in the eighth. Josh McGee added two hits for Cumberland in the earliest season opener for the program since 2003.
Devin Stovall tossed three hitless innings to earn the save for the Bulldogs. The sophomore walked two batters in the eighth but struck out the final two of the inning to get out of the jam. In all he struck out five.
BPC starter Daniel Jones (0-2), the first of four Barons pitchers in the game, allowed three earned runs on seven hits in six innings, walking two and striking out nine.
The Bulldogs got on the board first when McGee reached on an infield single with one out in the second inning before a triple to leftcenter from Sydnor.
Sydnor started a four-run fifth inning for CU with a leadoff single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Craig Monson. Pinch-hitter Daniel Harrison’s single to center pushed Sydnor across and Harrison moved to second on the throw. Antonio Butler followed with a double just over the third baseman’s head, plating Harrison.
Cory Urquhart then walked and both runners moved up with a stolen base. Sam Lind’s two-out single to shallow right scored both players for a 5-0 Cumberland lead.
Omar Artsen drew a one-out walk for the Barons in the sixth, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly to left from Joseph Taylor.
CU added another run in the eighth when Mike Mandarino led off with a single and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow moved to second on a wild pitch. Sydnor’s single to right plated Critchelow for a 6-1 lead.
Cumberland takes on Belhaven University, LSU-Shreveport and Southern Poly next weekend in Jackson, Miss., before opening the home schedule Wednesday, Feb. 15 against Milligan College.