Bulldogs score early and often in victory
Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Sam Lind posted four hits and scored three times and Lind and Brady North both homered, as 10th-ranked Cumberland scored in six different innings in a 10-5 victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Bulldogs (19-12) led 10-2 heading into the ninth before the Eagles plated three unearned runs in the final frame. Cumberland scored twice in the first inning on a single from Lind and a groundout by Tyler Anderson and Anderson added an RBI single in the third.
North’s three-run homer in the fourth inning helped the home team break open the contest and Richie Seaton’s RBI double in the sixth inning gave the Bulldogs a 9-2 advantage.
Ricky Coleman collected two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice, while Lind had two RBIs and North finished with a homer and a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. The 2-3-4 hitters in the lineup registered eight of the club’s 10 hits in the victory.
Kevin P. Greene (5-1) picked up the win, allowing two runs on five hits in five-plus innings, walking three and striking out two. The right-hander worked out of jams in the second and third innings before running into trouble in the sixth.
Freshman Andrew Woodfin did an excellent job with three innings of relief, giving up two hits with two strikeouts, and Mt. Juliet’s Matt Sedgwick got the final three outs for Cumberland.
Wesleyan starter Rhett Acker (4-1) took the loss, giving up five earned runs on seven hits in four innings, walking one but hitting two and striking out two.
The Bulldogs got a pair of runs in the first inning thanks to a pair of errors by the Eagles, starting with a chopper from Chris Hall that went under the glove of second baseman Jeff Butler. Coleman then singled down the left-field line, putting runners on the corners.
Coleman was picked off on a 3rd-to-1st move by Acker, but first baseman Cody Riley dropped the ball on the transfer and Coleman slid into second base without a throw. Lind lined a single into right field, plating a run, and Coleman came across on a groundout from Anderson.
CU loaded the bases again after Justin Byrd was hit and Bryan Haney walked, but Richie Seaton fouled out to end the inning with Cumberland ahead, 2-0.
The Eagles (23-5) looked to tie the game in the second after leadoff walks to Riley and Will Price, but Brandon Cummings lined sharply to Anderson’s backhand side at short. The senior knocked the ball down, gathered himself, made a good feed to Lind, who completed the double play to get Greene out of the jam.
Cumberland added a run in the third when Lind led off with a double to left-center and scored on Anderson’s one-out single to left for a 3-0 edge.
The Bulldogs broke the game open in the fourth, all starting when Hall was hit with two outs. He went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to right from Coleman. Lind followed with a single to center before North belted his fifth homer of the year, a three-run shot to right field for a 7-0 lead.
CU scored again in the fifth thanks to some wildness by OWU reliever Riley Deckard, who hit Haney and walked Kyle Allen. Hall also drew a free pass, loading the bases, and Coleman was then hit, forcing in a run for an 8-0 advantage.
The Eagles plated two runs in the sixth, ending the day for Greene, but Woodfin retired three straight batters to keep Wesleyan from cutting into the lead further.
Avery Flores, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, led off with a single to right and Butler followed with a single to right-center, putting runners on the corners. Butler went to second on a wild pitch and both runners came around on Jose Ruiz’s single to center. Ruiz drove in four runs in the contest and added three hits as well.
Cumberland got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff double down the leftfield line by North. Will Henderson was hit with one out and Seaton’s two-out double to left-center plated a run for a 9-2 Bulldog lead.
Lind’s fourth home run of the season in the seventh inning made it a 10-2 advantage for Cumberland.
In the ninth Brice McCulloch led off with a pinch-hit single, Giancarlo Sironi walked with two outs and Flores was hit, loading the bases. Butler’s ground ball to third rolled up the arm of Coleman, allowing a run to score, and Ruiz’s bad-hop single to right plated two more before Riley flied out to center to end the contest.
Cumberland will play host to Campbellsville in a three-game Mid-South Conference series this weekend beginning Friday at 2 p.m.