Phoenix fall out of MSC tournament, drop 7-2 decision to Georgetown

Staff Reports • May 7, 2018 at 3:56 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Rayden Sierra and Caleb Kellogg each collected two hits and Monty Stevens worked six strong innings, but Georgetown College scored four times in the ninth inning to break open a close game and claim a 7-2 victory over Cumberland here Sunday afternoon at the Mid-South Conference Baseball Championships.

The Phoenix (34-19) must wait until late Wednesday to find out if they receive an at-large berth into the NAIA Championship Opening Round. Cumberland managed just six hits in the loss and had 10 total baserunners in the contest, which ended with Georgetown’s Phillip Tomasulo running into the wall in left-center on a live drive by Hector Morales with a pair of runners on base.

Kellogg’s RBI single down the left-field line in the second inning plated Mykel Gordon, tying the game at one, and Gordon grounded into a 5-4-3 double play in the fourth but Carlos Moseley scored on the play, evening the game at two. The Tigers plated a run in the third inning without a hit and Larkin Heldt’s RBI single up the middle in the sixth scored Sean Williams for a 3-2 Georgetown edge.

The game remained 3-2 until the ninth when the Tigers extended the lead to 7-2 thanks to an RBI single by Wagner and a two-run homer from Williams. Sierra doubled and Jared Schmidt was hit in the ninth for CU before the tremendous grab by Tomasulo to end the game.

Garner finished 3-for-4, Wagner and Williams each recorded two hits and two runs scored and Williams added three RBIs for Georgetown (29-22). Tigers hurler Breion Barron (4-5) went the distance, giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one, hit two batters and struck out seven.

Stevens (4-3) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, walking two, hitting three batters and striking out four.

Georgetown got on the board first in the second inning when Wagner led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout by Williams. He scored on a two-out single to right by Tomasulo.

Gordon doubled to leadoff the bottom of the inning for the Phoenix and went to third on Schmidt’s groundout. Kellogg followed with the RBI single, knotting the game at one.

Stevens struggled with his control in the third inning, walking Antonio Monroy and hitting Ryan Garner and John Shattles before a two-out walk to Williams forced in a run.

Moseley and Sierra both singled to start the Cumberland fourth, putting runners on the corners, and Gordon bounced into a double play, but Moseley scored to make it 2-2.

In the sixth Williams singled with one out and Tomasulo was hit with two outs, setting up an RBI single up the middle from Heldt for a 3-2 Georgetown advantage.

Cumberland did not strand a runner in the game until the sixth when Peyton Wheatley walked and Nick Mira was hit to start the frame, but Moseley struck out, Sierra popped out and Gordon flied out to end the threat.

In the ninth Monroy singled with one out and stole second with two outs against CU reliever Travis Dohr. Shattles singled home a run and Wagner followed with a single to left. The throw to third was wild, allowing Shattles to score, and Williams followed with a two-run blast to right, extending the Tigers lead to 7-2.

Cumberland tops Lindsey Wilson 12-5 in completion of suspended game

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Third-seeded Cumberland eliminated fourth-seeded Lindsey Wilson 12-5 Sunday morning to conclude a suspended game at the 2018 Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament.

Cumberland (34-18) advanced to face Georgetown (Ky.) Sunday afternoon in an elimination game. Lindsey Wilson finished its season at 22-28.

The Phoenix led 6-5 when play resumed this morning after the game was suspended at 12:50 a.m. Saturday due to heavy rains. Cumberland -- which started the day with runners at first and third and one out -- scored a run on a safety squeeze to take a 7-5 lead.

Cumberland added five runs in the bottom of the eighth to complete the 12-5 win.

Cumberland took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Friday night only to have Lindsey Wilson score four times in the top of fifth to take a 4-2 lead.

The Phoenix responded with a three-spot in the bottom of the fifth to reclaim the lead at 5-4. Cumberland tacked on a run in the sixth inning before Lindsey Wilson added a run in the top of the seventh.

As Friday night turned into Saturday morning, the rain moved into the area forcing the postponement in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Rayden Sierra and Mykel Gordon combined for five hits and five RBIs, including each hitting home runs. Jared Schmidt went 4-for-5 in the win.

Curtis Hoppe picked up the win allowing a run on two hits over 2-2/3 innings. Andy Garretson pitched today’s final two innings without allowing a hit.

Lindsey Wilson’s Seth Price, a freshman from Watertown, drove in two runs on as many hits, including a double.

All efforts to resume the game on Saturday were washed out

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