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LWC Baseball sweeps Cumberland 6-4, 8-1 - Fri 24 Mar 2017

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By Matthew Wurzburger

COLUMBIA, KY (Fri 24 Mar 2017) - Lindsey Wilson baseball continued its streak of hot hitting with a 6-4, 8-1 doubleheader sweep of Cumberland (TN) on Friday.

The Blue Raiders (18-13, 5-1 Mid-South Conference) tallied 16 hits on Friday, ending the three-game series with 25 total hits.

Antonio Dorado, Lawyer Braun and Steven Paredes collected three hits apiece against the Phoenix (16-19, 3-6 MSC) on Friday. Jayden Jackson and Paredes both drove in four runners in the doubleheader.

Game 1: Lindsey Wilson 6, Cumberland 4

Lindsey Wilson overcame a 4-2 deficit - scoring the final four runs of the game - in a 6-4 victory in Friday's first game.

Cumberland touched Lindsey Wilson starter Aaron Pearcy for two runs in the top of the third inning to retake the lead, 3-2. Austin Voeller doubled down the right field line to score Austin Krajnak and Hector Morales.

The Phoenix tacked on another run in the fourth inning on a Kevin Connolly double.

After scoring single runs in both the second and third innings, the Blue Raiders manufactured a big inning in the home half of the fifth. Lindsey Wilson's first two batters went down quietly, but a Ray Gonzalez single followed by a Ben Giland hit-by-pitch set up a three-run home run by Jackson - his second homer of the series.

The Blue Raiders scored one more run but left the bases loaded in the next inning. Braun singled home Dorado for the game's final run. Ben Heideman was then hit by a pitch to load the bases before back-to-back outs ended the scoring threat.

Louis Corral replaced Pearcy with one out in the top of the fifth inning and cruised through the final innings. The junior righty from Anaheim, California faced 14 batters over the course of 4-2/3 innings and allowed just one baserunner - Voeller on a seventh-inning single. Corral is now 2-0 on the season.

Game 2: Lindsey Wilson 8, Cumberland 1
The Blue Raiders scored all eight runs in the first three innings, and Ricky Winfield threw six innings of one-run ball in the day's second game.

Paredes opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with a leadoff home run - his second in as many days. Mauricio Guadarrama followed up with a single into right-center field before scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Lindsey Wilson scored twice more in the following inning on run-scoring singles by Braun and Paredes.

The Blue Raiders capped the scoring binge with four runs in the home half of the third - an inning aided by two Phoenix miscues.

The leadoff batter - Giland - reached first on an error by the second baseman before back-to-back singles by Jackson and Jan Carlos Ortiz loaded the bases with no outs. After a Dorado sacrifice fly, the Blue Raiders reloaded the bases on another Cumberland error. Spencer Wise then drove home Jackson on a sacrifice fly before Paredes singled home Ortiz and Matt Mersinger.

Winfield rolled through the first three innings, allowing just two singles in the first three innings but encountered trouble in the fourth inning. The junior from Lakewood, Calif. conceded a one-out triple - his first extra-base hit of the game - before uncorking a wild pitch that allowed Morales to score.

The pace of the game settled after the fourth inning as both teams managed a combined four hits for the remainder of the game.

Winfield threw a clean fifth inning before skirting two hits in the top of the sixth.

Steve Colella replaced Winfield for the final inning and yielded consecutive hits to put runners on the corners with none out. Colella struck out the next batter before inducing two ground balls to end the game.

This story was posted on 2017-03-24 22:17:58
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