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Campbellsville University responded to back-to-back losses with a 4-1 win Wednesday at Morehead State University, giving Tiger head coach Beauford Sanders his 700th career win in a Campbellsville uniform.
Sanders, who is in his 23rd season as the Tigers’ head coach, is the first collegiate baseball coach to reach 700 wins at one school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since Keith Madison (University of Kentucky) and Joel Murrie (Western Kentucky University) both reached the mark in 2002.
Sanders’ record currently stands at 700-471 (.598) with the Tigers.
“It means I’m getting old and have a lot of losses to go along with it also,” joked Sanders.
“It’s a tribute to great assistant coaches and players. To have the games attributed to me is not the way I think it should go down,” Sanders said. “I’m happy and very pleased to achieve and accomplish that, but I’ve always been a team guy. I don’t overshadow anything that team does, and no individual on the team does either. Together everyone achieves more. It sounds corny and sounds old school, but I believe it and try to live it and coach that way.”
Campbellsville’s win over Morehead is the first meeting for the Tigers against an NCAA Division I opponent since CU defeated Morehead 17-16 on Feb. 22, 2005 for Sanders’ 382nd win at the school and 650th overall career win. Sanders now has an overall career record of 968-718 (.574) at North Greenville Community College (S.C.) and Campbellsville.
The win snapped a brief two-game skid for the Tigers after losing 4-1 at Bluefield College on Saturday and then dropping an 8-3 game Tuesday night to Union College at home.
Campbellsville scored first in the top of the second after first baseman Josh Potter singled to left and moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by Michael Bush. Following a single by Angelo Simmons, Potter scored on an RBI sac fly by Aaron Schwoebel.
Morehead threatened in the sixth, taking advantage of two Tiger errors to load the bases with two outs, but Tylar Schmunk struck out Morehead catcher Drew Williams to end the inning and strand three without giving up a run.
Schwoebel doubled to start the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tanner Scott to stretch Campbellsville’s lead to 2-0 entering the seventh inning stretch. The Tigers attempted to add to their lead in the eighth, collecting a leadoff single by Ryan Squires and then a two-out walk by Bush, but both runners were left stranded.
Morehead scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the eighth as Chris Robinson delivered a one-out single to center. Alan Mocahbee followed with a single to left and Chase Greenwell reached on an error to load the bases. Tiger reliever Allen Hewey missed on a 3-2 pitch to designated hitter Bobby Burns for an RBI walk, but got a strike out and line out to end the inning.
The Tigers added insurance in the ninth after Schwoebel, who hit 3-for-3 in the game, doubled again to lead off the inning and scored on Brandon Johnson’s third home run of the season. Hewey held off an Eagles’ rally in the ninth, stranding two runners for his fifth save of the year.
Schmunk (3-2) recorded the win after seven scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and three walks, while striking out three. Tyler Keele (2-3) picked up the loss for Morehead.
Tanner Nielsen followed Schwoebel’s lead from the plate with two hits for the Tigers, while Squires, Potter, Simmons and Johnson had the only other hits in the nine-hit game for CU. Mocahbee was 2-for-5 to lead Morehead.
The Eagles left 11 runners on base in the game and CU stranded seven.
• Campbellsville University honored Sanders, who also has 268 junior college wins, before the Tigers’ weekend series with Cumberland (Tenn.) on Friday night.