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CU baseball game canceled at Freed-Hardeman

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

Cumberland’s baseball game scheduled for Monday evening at Freed-Hardeman was canceled and will not be made-up because of heavy rains overnight in the Henderson area.

It marked the seventh game this season lost to or changed because of weather.

The Bulldogs will play host to fifth-ranked Georgia Gwinnett today at 3 p.m. at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium, as the club continues a nine-game homestand. CU will face Pikeville this weekend at home as well and the program is holding a 10-year anniversary celebration for the 2004 national championship team on Friday and Saturday as well. Members of the team will be recognized between games of Saturday’s doubleheader.

SCHEDULE NOTES: Cumberland has moved back the start of Tuesday’s game against Georgia Gwinnett to 3 p.m. to help the field dry a little more after the overnight rains in the Lebanon area and the small chance of more showers this evening.

Cumberland has also added a home game against Bryan College on Wednesday, April 30 at 3 p.m. because of all of the lost contests to this point in the season. The Bulldogs are allowed to play 55 regular season games and even with this addition, would play 53 with the rest of the outings on the remaining schedule.

Lind earns third straight POW honor

Cumberland’s Sam Lind was voted the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday for the third straight week after batting .500 with seven runs scored and eight RBIs in four games for the Bulldogs.

The Hartford, S.D., native posted seven hits in 14 at-bats along with one double, four walks and a stolen base in the four outings.

The senior was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and five RBIs along with three runs scored in a midweek victory over Bethel. He collected four hits in the weekend series against the University of the Cumberlands, posting a double and two walks with three runs scored in Friday's series opener.

Lind hit the game-winning three-run homer in the first game on Saturday against the Patriots and singled and stole a base in the second contest. He leads the nation in hits (71), ranks second in total bases (111) and RBIs (51) and sixth in batting average (.458).

Collier's shutout helps CU split

Cumberland’s Jake Collier tossed a three-hit shutout in the opener and Sam Lind’s three-run homer provided all of the offense, but an error in the seventh inning opened the door in the second game for the University of the Cumberlands, as the team’s split a doubleheader Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs (26-15, 9-8 Mid-South) were unable to complete the series sweep, as the Patriots scored twice in both the sixth and seventh innings to take a 4-2 victory in the second game. Cumberland won the opener, 3-0, behind Collier’s complete game and Lind’s three-run shot down the right-field line in the sixth inning.

Collier (3-3) retired 13 of 14 batters after a first-inning single, with the only runner reaching base on an error. The right-hander did not walk a batter, hit one and struck out three, allowing just five baserunners in the nine-inning victory in his first conference start of the year. Lucas Bagnara, who singled in the first inning, was the only UC player to reach second base.

The Bulldogs managed just three hits against UC starter T.J. Campbell (3-1) until back-to-back singles from Chris Hall and Ricky Coleman to leadoff the sixth inning. Lind’s three-run homer was his eighth of the season. Campbell allowed three runs on six hits in six innings with no walks and three strikeouts.

In the second game Cumberland starter Stevie Smith allowed just two baserunners through five innings before Hibraim Cordova homered down the leftfield line to start the sixth for the Patriots (21-16, 6-11). Claudioss Valencia singled and Keith Tidwell doubled later in the inning and Valencia came across on a sacrifice fly from Jared Martin.

The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the inning thanks to an error by UC hurler Cameron Smith.

Brady North and Tyler Anderson both singled with two outs and Smith tried to pick off pinch-runner Zach Cole at second base, but the throw sailed into centerfield, allowing both runners to move up. Justin Byrd followed with a two-run single to center, knotting the score at two. 
But the Cumberlands responded with two more runs in the seventh, also with the help of an error.

Zach McRoberts led off the inning with a single, ending the day for Stevie Smith (5-1), who gave up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts in six-plus innings.

Matt Madrigal’s sacrifice attempt was booted by reliever Kevin T. Greene and Ryan Johnson’s bunt single loaded the bases for UC. Trent Abner’s groundout plated a run and after Cordova was intentionally walked, loading the bases again, Bagnara drew another free pass, forcing in a run for a 4-2 Patriots lead.

Anthony Webster (2-0) picked up the win in relief, getting all four batters he faced with one strikeout.

After collecting 19 hits in Friday’s win, Cumberland managed just 14 in 16 innings on Saturday against the Patriots, including two in each contest from Byrd.

The Bulldogs will face fifth-ranked Georgia Gwinnett at home on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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