Big innings propel CU in 15-7 triumph
Dec 17, 2015 at 6:01 PM
Tyler Anderson collected four hits with two RBIs and Sam Lind added three hits, as 10th-ranked Cumberland scored eight times in the first inning and five more in the fifth in a 15-7 victory over West Virginia Tech on Friday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Justin Byrd, Josciel Veras and Tyler Alford all posted a pair of hits in the victory for Cumberland (6-3) and Veras and Alford each drove in two runs in a game of big innings. WVU Tech (0-1) plated six runs on six hits in the top of the fifth, pulling within 8-6, before the Bulldogs added five more in the bottom of the frame.
Cumberland took advantage of seven wild pitches by WVU, which allowed three runs to score for CU.
CU starter Kevin P. Greene (3-0) picked up the victory despite the shaky fifth inning, allowing six runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. The right-hander retired 10 straight batters before running into trouble in the fifth, with the Golden Bears hitting balls in just the right spot to collect six hits in the inning.
Tech starter Craig Johnson (0-1) recorded just one out in the game, giving up eight runs on six hits with two walks. Zack Thomas tossed four-plus innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits, and Jordan Mounts worked the final two innings for WVU, giving up two runs on four hits.
The two teams play a doubleheader today starting at noon.
The Bulldogs scored eight runs in the first inning on seven hits, jumping on the Golden Bears early.
Chris Hall and Byrd both singled to start the inning and Lind blooped a single into left center. The ball got past center-fielder Zach Maynard, allowing Hall to score. A passed ball plated Byrd for a quick 2-0 edge.
Ricky Coleman then walked and Anderson reached on an infield single, lining a ball off the leg of third baseman Zach Sizemore and loading the bases. Richie Seaton walked, forcing in a run, and Veras chopped a double down the left-field line, pushing across two more runs.
Alford then singled through the left side, scoring Seaton, and Veras came across on a sacrifice fly to right from Hall, as Cumberland sent 12 batters to the plate in the frame.
Greene labored through the first inning but then retired 10 straight Tech hitters before Jayson Sykora led off the fifth with a single to right, breaking up the no-hitter. That seemed to open the floodgates for Tech, with the Golden Bears collected six hits in the inning.
Tommy Weaver singled up the middle and Raul Torres lifted a single to center, loading the bases. Zach Maynard then dumped a soft liner down the leftfield line, plating a pair of runs, and Marc Culmer’s ground ball through the left side scored another.
Zach Sizemore walked with one out before Austin Lucas’ single down the right-field line, off the glove of Brady North, pushed across two more runs for WVU. Trevor Lam’s sacrifice fly to right made it an 8-6 game after four-and-a-half innings.
Cumberland answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with a one-out single by Alford and a walk to Will Henderson. Byrd was hit, loading the bases, and a pair of runs scored on wild pitches before an RBI double to right-center by Lind. Coleman then singled and stole second, setting up a sacrifice fly by North and a two-out RBI single to left-center from Anderson, giving the Bulldogs a 13-6 lead.
Veras singled to left to leadoff the sixth and scored on three straight wild pitches for a 14-6 advantage.
In the seventh Lind and North both singled and Anderson’s fourth hit of the game drove home the club’s final run of the contest.
Zeke Grissinger walked with one out in the ninth and scored on Sizemore’s double to right-center against CU left-hander Jackson White.