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Propst swings Cumberland to victory
Mar 23, 2007 12:00 am
A three-hit, three-run performance by Courtney Probst backed up a strong start by pitcher Matt Madigan as Cumberland defeated Campbellsville (Ky.) University 6-2 Tuesday.
Probst got the Bulldogs (19-10-1) on the board in the first inning. Probst doubled off Campbellsville (18-6) starter Weston Jones, advanced on a balk and scored when Eric Mull doubled to left.
Campbellsville threatened in the top of the second inning, loading up the bases without getting a hit after Madigan walked Matt LaPage, hit Jason Beale with a pitch and Jason Neufeld reached after an error by second baseman James Lilley. They failed to score, however, when Nick Smith popped out to first to end the inning.
Cumberland added to their lead in the third. Probst reached on a one-out single and Mull reached on a walk. Clint Alexander cleared the bases with a three-run homer, his eighth of the season.
Campbellsville answered back in the top of the fourth. Madigan walked Beale, who stole second and scored on a Neufeld single. After stealing second himself, Neufeld would cross the plate when Smith double through the gap in left-center.
The 4-2 margin would be the closest the visitors would get to the Dawgs. Cumberland padded their lead in the seventh when Probst homered off reliever Brian Edelen. Probst's home run, his sixth of the year, scored Lilley, who reached on a walk.
The six runs were enough for Bulldog pitching. Madigan (2-1) pitched six innings, giving up two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out five. James Parker added three innings of shutout relief, giving up one hit, while walking five batters and striking out one. For Campbellsville, starter Jones (2-1) earned his first loss of the year gave up four runs on four hits in four innings, issuing two walks and striking out two batters. Edelen gave up two runs on two hits in his three innings of relief. Michael Curtis pitched the last inning for the visitors, giving up two hits and recording one strikeout.