Cougar News
Baseball - Wed, Apr. 3, 2013
MAYFIELD, Ky. - With the wind howling in at Mid-Continent University's Cougar Field, the Cougars and the Oakland City Mighty Oaks took to the field for a twin bill on Wednesday afternoon. True to form, it was a pitchers' day on the Mid-Continent campus.
Mid-Continent (9-24) snapped an eight-game losing streak in the first game, taking a 4-0 win from Oakland City (8-16) and the Mighty Oaks picked up a 4-1 win in the back half of the double-header.
Mid-Continent got on the board early in the first game, when Richard Arias chopped an infield single off of home plate to drive in Uriel Hawkins, making the score 1-0 Mid-Continent. That proved to be all the support that Caleb Luttrell needed. Luttrell, making his second start of the season for the Cougars and his first since opening day, pitched five scoreless innings for the Cougars, and in the sixth, Mid-Continent added some insurance. Dondre McCarter bounced a two-out single up the middle, driving in two runs and advancing to third on the throw home and a throwing error. After a walk to pinch-hitter Dain Burress, Reed Vaughan pinch ran for Burress and executed a double-steal with McCarter to push the final margin to 4-0.
Luttrell (1-1) scattered two hits and two walks in his five innings of shutout ball, defeating Neal Kunkler (1-4) who gave up four runs - three earned - on five hits, a walk, and four strikeouts. Todd Adams (1) threw the final two innings for Mid-Continent, allowing two hits and three walks, fanning three as well as he picked up the save.
Oakland City got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning of game two, picking up a third run in the third frame to stretch their lead to 3-0. With one out in the third frame, Bill Schroeder relieved Blake Wheeler and got Mitch Lampert to fly out to right field, and Jordan Manney nailed Marc Rogier trying to score on the play, ending the inning and keeping the Cougars in the game. In the fourth frame, McCarter created a run for Mid-Continent nearly single-handedly. McCarter drew a walk to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third as the pitch got away from Oakland City catcher Cordell Snyder. One out later, Trent Benningfield uncorked his second wild pitch of the inning, allowing McCarter to score and cut the deficit to 3-1. The score remained unchanged in to the top of the seventh inning, when Oakland City added an insurance run with two out in the inning, pushing their lead to 4-1. Mid-Continent put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Cody Johnson got Hunter Bolden to pop out and induced a game-ending double-play from Richard Arias to preserve the 4-1 win.
Benningfield (2-3) earned the win, throwing four innings and yielding one earned run on three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts, defeating Tyler Krough (0-2) of Mid-Continent who allowed three earned runs on two hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Johnson (1) earned the save for Oakland City, tossing a hitless seventh inning. Schroeder had his best performance of the year, tossing four and two-thirds innings. He scattered four hits, walked one, and struck out one while allowing just one earned run. Offensively, Arias had two hits in the game, he and Manney each had a double, and Joseph Blair and Adam Riley each also had a base hit in the contest.
Mid-Continent will resume their 2013 TranSouth schedule on Friday, heading to Henderson, Tenn. to take on the NAIA #18 Freed-Hardeman Lions (28-5-1, 0-0). The Friday game will begin at 5 p.m., with the saturday double-header slated for a Noon first pitch.