Bulldogs finish doubleheader by sweeping Faytteville

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Having defeated Fayetteville 7-4 in the first game of a doubleheader, the Cornersville Bulldogs (10-5) completed the sweep of the twin bill by whipping the Tigers 6-0 in the second contest at home on Thursday night.

Bulldog starting pitcher Jody Sullivan turned in a strong outing on the mound and limited Fayetteville to just three hits over six scoreless innings while issuing only one walk and racking up 12 strikeouts en route to earning his fourth win of the season. Tate Lowery then came on in relief of Sullivan and recorded one strikeout in one perfect inning of work.

Plate action

Cornersville, meanwhile, slapped out eight hits and drew two walks against two Tiger hurlers. Curt Taylor led the Bulldogs' offensive attack by going 2-for-3 with two doubles, 2 RBI, and a run scored. David Looney tallied two hits for CHS as well, while Hunter Talley (2 RBI), Tate Lowery, Aaron Fox, and Ben Taylor notched one hit apiece.

Fayetteville starting pitcher Will Clark suffered the loss after yielding five runs over two and a third innings on seven hits and a walk. Ryan Yates doubled to account for the Tigers' lone extra base hit of the game, while Matt Taylor and Andrew Kelly both singled.

Fayetteville (2-9) had a chance to take the lead in the top of the first inning when they put runners on second and third with one out thanks to a Yates double, a hit batsman, and a errant pickoff throw, but Sullivan struck out the next two Tiger batters to escape the jam.

Lots of support

The Bulldogs gave Sullivan all the run support he would need in the bottom of the first and pushed across two runs in the frame to take a 2-0 lead. After Tate Lowery drew a leadoff walk, Looney singled to put men on first and second with no outs. Taylor then plated Lowery with a RBI double before Looney came home on a sacrifice fly by Sullivan.

Clark held Cornersville scoreless in the second inning, but ran into trouble again in the bottom of the third, as the Bulldogs crossed home plate three more times to forge a 5-0 advantage. Following consecutive singles by Looney and Fox, Taylor drove in Looney with a RBI double to make it 3-0 before he and courtesy runner Nate Huitt both scored on a two-run single by Talley.

CHS then tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth with the help of a leadoff walk by Crabtree and a Lowery single to stretch their lead to 6-0 before Sullivan and Lowery allowed just one Tiger batter to reach base over the final three innings to close out the Bulldog victory.

Cornersville pitcher Jody Sullivan tossed six scoreless innings to help lead the Bulldogs to a 6-0 win over Fayetteville in the second game of a doubleheader. Tribune photo by Louis G. Scheuchenzuber