Greene's two-hitter helps Bulldog baseball split
Updated Mar 1, 2014 at 8:47 PM
GEORGETOWN, Ky. — No. 23 Georgetown College scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to win the opener, but Kevin P. Greene tossed a two-hitter in the second game, helping 10th-ranked Cumberland to a 7-1 victory and a split of the doubleheader on Saturday at Robert N. Wilson Field.
Greene allowed a leadoff single in the first and an RBI single in the sixth to the Tigers. The right-hander walked three and hit two batters in six innings to pick up his fourth win in four starts this season. The senior retired nine of 10 hitters after the leadoff single and worked around a leadoff error in the fourth.
Greene hit Duran Elmore to start the sixth and he scored on a single through the left side by Martin Lemus for Georgetown’s only run of the game. He struck out six and tossed just 85 pitches in the seven-inning game.
Brady North collected four hits with a pair of doubles and scored twice, while Ricky Coleman posted two hits, was hit once and scored three runs for the Bulldog offense. Cumberland (11-5, 2-1 Mid-South) scored twice in the second and third innings and added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to clinch the series over the homestanding Tigers (7-2, 1-2).
The Bulldogs had a chance to win the opener, plating two runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles from North and Richie Seaton, but Georgetown pushed two runs across in the ninth after a leadoff walk to Ryan Rodriguez and a single by Elmore. A throwing error by North allowed one run to score and Tyler Coker’s RBI single to center scored the winning run for a 5-4 victory for GC.
Sam Lind, North and Josciel Veras each post two hits for Cumberland, but CU stranded eight base runners, including five in scoring position.
Kevin T. Greene (1-2) allowed both runs in the ninth and gave up three hits in 2.2 innings of relief. The left-hander walked one and struck out three. CU starter Clint Meadows worked 5.1 frames, giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks.
Tyler Arthur tossed eight innings for the Tigers, allowing two earned runs with five strikeouts. Craig Ramsey (1-1) posted the win for Georgetown, walking one in one inning of work.
Georgetown plated a run in the first inning of the opener when Elmore was hit and Coker walked to start the frame. Elmore moved up on a wild pitch and scored when Lemus grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
The Bulldogs came back in the second, starting with a one-out single to right-center from North and a single to the right side by Veras. North scored on a throwing error by Lemus, tying the game at one.
But the Tigers plated two more runs in the third after Elmore was hit and Coker walked to leadoff the inning. Lemus singled to center, loading the bases, and a groundout by Steven Mancilla scored one run. David Higuera’s two-out single through the left side made it a 3-1 lead for Georgetown.
In the eighth Lind singled to start the frame and went to second on an error by Coker in right-field. Ricky Coleman then reached on an error by shortstop Mancilla and North followed with an RBI single down the right-field line. Two batters later Seaton had an infield single, plating the go-ahead run, but that would be enough for the Bulldogs.
Rodriguez walked and Elmore sacrificed the runner to second, but that turned into a hit and North’s throw got away, allowing a run to score and Elmore to reach third. Coker followed with a single to center to end the first contest.
Cumberland scored twice in the second to take the lead in the second contest, as Coleman led off with a single and North followed with an RBI double to left-center. Veras then singled to center, putting runners on the corners, and North later scored on a passed ball.
In the third Justin Byrd drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on Coleman single up the middle. North followed with a single to center and after a pitching change, Veras was hit, loading the bases, before a walk to Bryan Haney forced in another run for a 4-0 CU advantage.
Lind homered down the right-field line with two outs in the fourth, expanding the lead to five, and North led off the fifth with a double down the right-field line. Haney and Tyler Alford both singled, loading the bases, and Chris Hall walked, pushing across another run.
Coleman was hit to start the sixth and North followed with a single to leftcenter. Veras drove in the run with a single to right for a 7-0 Bulldog lead.
Cumberland will begin a six-game homestand on Monday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Mid-Continent University at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium. The Bulldogs will take on Bryan on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and play host to Shawnee State in a three-game MSC series next weekend.