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Bulldogs Mull over sweep of Bethel
Mar 13, 2007 12:00 am
While Cumberland buses out to Oklahoma City, Bethel is probably still mulling over how to get Eric Mull out.
The Bulldog third baseman/designated hitter slugged his team to a 12-0 and 6-2 sweep of the visiting Wildcats on Saturday at Woody Hunt Stadium. The junior-college transfer from California drove in eight runs on three homers and two doubles on the day as Cumberland climbed to 14-6-1 for the season and 5-1 in the TranSouth Conference.
He drove in five runs on a pair of doubles and his sixth homer in the first game. His three-run double fueled a four-run first inning and he followed Clint Alexander's home run with one of his own in the third. Courtney Propst and Luis Martinez hit two-run blasts during Cumberland's six-run second inning.
Zach Whitmer was the beneficiary of Cumberland's 14-hit parade. The left-hander scattered three singles and no walks while striking out five in the five-inning game to pull even for the season at 2-2.
Mull broke a scoreless tie in the nightcap with a leadoff home run down the right-field line in the fourth inning and sent another pitch over the wall in right to begin the five-run sixth.
Austin Morgan had three of Cumberland's nine hits to back Anthony Fomasi to his second win in three decisions. The junior left-hander allowed four hits and three walks while striking out nine in 6 1/3 innings. He had a shutout going until Bethel put a couple of unearned runs on the board in the sixth before senior Adam Tomlinson of Friendship Christian struck out both Wildcats he faced for his third save as Bethel fell to 12-6-2, 2-4.
The Bulldogs are in Oklahoma City for a spring-break trip which has them scheduled for five games in three days, starting with today's 1 p.m. tilt with Southern Nazarene and a 6 p.m. game with Oklahoma City in a rematch of the 2004 national-championship game won by Cumberland. CU will return home for a three-game TranSouth series with Martin Methodist at Hunt Stadium this coming weekend.