JACKSON, Tenn. - 4/30/2012 - On the first day of action in the 2012 TranSouth Conference Baseball Tournament, second seeded Union University knocked off fifth seeded Cumberland University 4-2. Union improved to 34-17-1 on the season, while Cumberland dropped to 30-25.
Union advances in the winners bracket and will face third seed Martin Methodist College at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1. Cumberland will face top-seeded Freed-Hardeman University in an elimination game at noon Tuesday. All games are being played at Union’s Fesmire Field.
Union had five players named first team all-conference and were recognized after the game. First team relief pitcher Cody Dew got the night off thanks to the complete game victory from first team pitcher Will Irvin. Irvin (8-2) tossed nine innings, allowing just two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. His only two runs allowed came off two solo home runs from Cumberland’s Sam Lind in the fourth and seventh innings. Lind finished with three hits in the game. No other Cumberland player recorded a hit on Irvin besides Lind until the seventh inning.
Joining Irvin and Dew on the first team were Danny Grimm (shortstop), Doug Joyce (catcher) and Brett Pawlan (outfield). All three played a big role in helping Union put up enough runs for Irvin.
Union scored first in the bottom of the first as Grimm led off the inning with a single and later scored on a fielder’s choice. Grimm was 4-for-4 in the game, and scored three of Union’s four runs. He led off the first, third, fifth and seventh innings with hits. Union scored in the first, fifth and seven innings. In the fifth, Grimm scored on a double by Joyce. In the seventh, Grimm scored on a triple from Pawlan. Pawlan later scored on a single from Cole McAdams.
Pawlan’s triple in the seventh was his first hit of the game, extending his hitting streak to 14 games on the season. He has hit safely in 21 of his past 23 games.
TranSouth Player of the Year Mike Mandarino (9-3) took the loss on the hill, allowing four runs on 11 hits with one strikeout in his complete game effort. Mandarino was also 1-for 4 in the game. Cody Ferrell was 2-for-3.
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