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LEBANON, Tenn. - NAIA No. 18 Trevecca (26-14, 9-1 TranSouth) took a 2-1 10-inning victory over Cumberland University (22-15, 10-3 TranSouth). It was the first game of a three-game TranSouth series at Cumberland. The team will pair up for a nine-inning game at Noon on Saturday. That game will be followed by a seven-inning game.
Neither team would get a hit until Cumberland's Clint Alexander singled to lead off the third. The next three batters grounded out to end the threat. In the fourth inning though, Cumberland produced three hits and produced the first run of the game. Michael Wheeler singled to short and advanced to second on Matt Greener's single to right field. After a fly out to left by Eric Mull, Matt Holliman singled through the right side and drove in Wheeler. Trevecca's first hit came in the top of the fifth when Nathan Wright homered over the right field fence to tie the game at one.
Neither team would score again in regulation and the teams moved to extra innings. Not only did the scheduled seven-inning game go extra innings, but it went beyond a standard nine-inning game.
In the top of the 10th Trey Morrison singled down the right field line. Blair Haskins came in to pinch run for Morrison and advanced to third on a one-out single by Aaron Bree. Bree was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double. Wright picked up his second RBI of the game with a single to left field to push the Trojans up 2-1.
Griggs came on in the 10th and retired the Bulldogs in order for the win.
Wesley Griggs (5-6) started on the mound for the Trojans and Shawn Schaefer (4-2) was on the hill for the Bulldogs. Both hurlers pitched all 10 innings. Griggs allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven. Griggs did not walk a batter. The left-hander threw 102 pitches. Schaefer also threw a gem. The Bulldogs lefty allowed two runs on five hits while offering one walk and had eight strikeouts. Schaefer threw 127 pitches.
The only batter for either team with more than one hit was Trevecca's Wright. He was 2-for-4 with a home run (4), a run scored, and two RBI (22). Parks reached base three times in the game. The center fielder was 1-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch.
Trevecca scored two runs on five hits and committed two errors. Cumberland scored one run on five
hits and didn't have an error.
Trevecca has won nine of their last 11 games while Cumberland had their 12-game winning streak broken with today's loss.
The two teams have combined to dominate the TranSouth over the last few years. Trevecca and Cumberland have combined to win the last four regular season titles. Trevecca has won three of last four regular season titles. Trevecca or Cumberland has won the last six TranSouth Tournament Titles. Cumberland has won five of the last six tournament titles.
Cumberland holds a 15-11 advantage overall in the series since the 2001-2002 season. The Bulldogs lead 10-9 in regular season play and have a 5-2 postseason advantage during that time frame.
Trevecca will visit Lindsey Wilson (12-16) on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Trevecca will return to conference play when they host the Martin Methodist RedHawks (16-14, TranSouth 3-6 TranSouth) on Friday and Saturday for a three-game conference series.
Check the Trevecca athletic website (www.tnutrojans.com) for the latest weather related changes to game times.