Collier tosses five-hit shutout in 12-0 victory

Staff Reports • Updated May 5, 2014 at 10:13 PM

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Sam Lind homered twice, including a grand slam, Bryan Haney added a three-run shot and Jake Collier tossed a five-hit shutout, striking out nine in a 12-0 victory over St. Catharine on Monday here at Egnew Park in the Mid-South Conference Championships.

The Bulldogs (38-17) advance to the winner’s bracket final to face third-ranked Georgetown College on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Collier (7-3) allowed just eight baserunners in his third complete game shutout of the year, posting his sixth straight win in six consecutive outings, five of those starts. The right-hander had just two baserunners in an inning twice, working around a double and a hit batter in the fifth and a walk and a single in the sixth.

He has given up just five earned runs over his last 44 innings of work with a shutout of the University of the Cumberlands and one run each versus the Pikeville and Bluefield.

Haney’s three-run shot down the left-field line in the second inning put the Bulldogs ahead, 4-0, more than enough for Collier. Lind added an odd inside-the-park homer in the fifth and then a grand slam in the eighth for five RBIs.

Chris Hall posted two hits with a double and a triple and scored twice, while Josciel Veras added three hits. Tyler Anderson walked three times and scored twice and Richie Seaton posted a single and two runs scored as well.

St. Catharine starter Andrew Nelson (3-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings. The lefthander walked two and struck out four.

The Bulldogs got on the board quickly, with Hall tripling to left-center to lead off the game. Ricky Coleman’s groundout gave CU a 1-0 edge after a half-inning.

Justin Byrd and Anderson both singled with one out in the second and Haney helped the cause with his first career home run, a two-out, three-run shot down the left-field line for a 4-0 CU advantage.

In the fifth Lind doubled to left-center and outfielders Nick Rosso and Harold Diaz put their hands up to indicate the ball had lodged under the fence. The second base umpire headed to the outfield but time was never called. The outfielders then changed their minds, dug the ball out and play continued.

Lind stopped briefly at second base but continued running and ended up with an inside-the-park homer, his 11th of the year.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the seventh after leadoff walks to Anderson and Seaton. Hall lined a ball into leftfield and Diaz dove, but the ball skipped past the left fielder all the way to the wall, allowing both runners to score and extend the lead to 7-0.

Cumberland plated five more runs in the eighth with just one hit, as Anderson drew a leadoff walk and Seaton reached on an error. Pinch-runner Zach Cole scored on a passed ball before Haney walked and Hall was hit, loading the bases.

Two batters later Lind lifted a high fly ball to left that carried and carried and carried all the way over the wall, his second of the game and 12th of the year, extending the advantage to 12-0.

Eight Bulldogs voted All-Mid-South Conference

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Sam Lind, Chris Hall, Ricky Coleman and Anthony Gomez were all voted first team All-Mid-South Conference and Brady North, Josciel Veras, Tyler Anderson and Jake Collier were all named second team All-MSC in a vote of league coaches released late Sunday night by the league office.

Hall continues to be a model of consistency in the leadoff spot for the Bulldogs, batting .428 overall with 35 walks and 11 hit by pitches for a team-best .535 on-base percentage. The Lebanon native leads the club with 25 multi-hit games as well as batting average this season heading into the Mid-South Conference Championships and has 10 doubles, two triples, 29 RBIs and 54 runs scored.

The former Friendship Christian star is tied for second on the club in runs scored and ranks second in walks and second in stolen bases (11). Hall ranks 11th nationally in hits (77) and 15th in batting average.

Coleman has been one of the club’s most productive players all season whether batting in the cleanup spot or in the No. 2 position. The Nashville native leads the team with 16 doubles while ranking eighth nationally with 60 runs scored. He also ranks second on the club with 45 RBIs, accounting for 105 runs heading into the Mid-South Conference Championships.

He ranks second on the club with 23 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI contests. For the season Coleman is batting .394, third best on the squad, with three homers, 26 walks and eight stolen bases in 53 games.

Lind ranks fourth nationally in hits (83) and RBIs (63) and sixth in total bases (129) while batting .406. He is tied for second on the club with 23 multi-hit outings and leads the Bulldogs with 15 multi-RBI games this season while posting 13 doubles, two triples, a team-leading 10 home runs and 51 runs scored in 53 contests.

The Hartford, S.D., native put together an incredible month of baseball over a 19-game stretch from March 8-April 4, batting .571 (44-for-77) with seven doubles, five homers, 34 RBIs and 25 runs scored as well as 10 walks and just six strikeouts. He posted 15 multi-hit outings and hit safely in 17 of the 19 contests.

Gomez registered his fifth victory of the season with seven strong innings last weekend versus Rio Grande, allowing just one earned run on four hits. He walked one and struck out nine, retiring 12 of the first 14 batters of the game and 13 of the final 16 of the contest. The left-hander lowered his ERA to 2.20 for the year in 82.0 innings of work and continues to lead the Mid-South Conference with 86 strikeouts.

The Norwalk, Calif., native has six no-decisions this season despite eight quality starts (six innings pitched, less than three runs allowed) in 14 appearances (12 starts). Five of six no-decisions came in one-run games.

Collier has posted a 6-3 mark with a team-best 1.67 ERA in 75.1 innings of work, striking out 44 with 22 walks. Opponents are batting .227 against him. He ranks 20th nationally and second in the Mid-South Conference in ERA. He tossed 7.1 no-hit innings at Bluefield College two weeks ago, facing just one batter over the minimum in the first seven innings.

The Bellevue, Wash., native induced 17 ground balls, did not walk a batter and struck out three in his third nine-inning complete game in four starts last week versus Rio Grande. The right-hander has given up just five earned runs in the last 37.0 innings since March 30 with victories over Lindsey Wilson, the University of the Cumberlands, Pikeville, Bluefield and Rio Grande.

Veras returned to the lineup a month ago after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury and has found his hitting stroke since returning to the diamond, batting .390 (16-for-41) over the last 11 contests with three doubles, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native posted four hits in the series against the University of Pikeville, including a three-run homer and two runs scored in the final game of the series.

He was 5-for-13 at Bluefield with three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored and recorded two hits in all three games of the series last weekend against Rio Grande, driving in five runs. Overall Veras is hitting .324 this season with nine doubles, two homers, 31 RBIs and 63 runs scored in 42 games.

Senior Tyler Anderson’s offensive production has been up-and-down all season, but he has posted several big hits during the campaign, doubling in all three games at Bluefield two weekends ago. The Cocoa, Fla., native batted .444 (12-for-27) over an eight-game stretch from April 4-16, going 3-for-4 with a career-best six RBIs against the University of the Cumberlands.

He added a two-out, RBI single in the ninth inning that tied the game at Tennessee Wesleyan on March 25, a contest CU won in 14 innings. Anderson also shifted nicely to shortstop with the March injury to Veras, making just one error in 139 chances over the last 27 outings. For the season he is batting .292 with 11 doubles, 33 RBIs and 25 runs scored in 48 games.

North has reached base in 45 consecutive games heading into the Mid-South Conference Championships. The streak has been aided by a team-best 38 walks, and the Tampa, Fla., native has 11 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games this season. The first baseman is batting .310 (27-for-87) with three doubles, five homers, 22 RBIs and 13 runs scored with 20 walks since moving into the cleanup spot in mid-March. North is batting .302 overall this season with nine doubles, nine home runs, 45 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

Coleman's big day, righty Greene's relief lead 10-7 win

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Kevin P. Greene scattered seven hits in seven innings of relief and Ricky Coleman collected three hits and drove in five runs, as Cumberland rallied twice in the game in a 10-7 victory over host Lindsey Wilson in the first game of the Mid-South Conference Championships on Sunday at Egnew Park.

The Bulldogs (37-17) advanced to a 1 p.m. contest on Monday and will face the winner of Sunday’s second game between St. Catharine and Bluefield

Coleman hit a two-run homer in the second inning, had an RBI double in the fourth and then a two-run double in the eighth that plated the go-ahead runs. He also scored three times in the contest, helping CU overcome 2-0 and 7-3 deficits after the first two innings.

Greene (7-1) worked around the seven hits as well as two walks but only two Lindsey Wilson (26-28) runners reached third base. The right-hander retired the side in order just once but did exactly what the Bulldogs needed, keeping the game in reach so his club to make a comeback. He struck out three for just his second victory since March 25.

Sam Lind and Richie Seaton each added three hits and Seaton scored three times, including the game-winning run in the eighth inning on Coleman’s double. Chris Hall scored twice and Justin Byrd drove in two runs as well for the Bulldogs.

Trey Davis finished with three hits and two RBIs for the Blue Raiders, who play again Sunday against the loser of Sunday’s second game. Mitchel Osnowitz hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Derek Shugart posted two hits but lined out to center field with two runners on base to end the contest.

Neither starter factored into the decision, with CU’s Anthony Gomez lasting just two innings, allowing seven runs, two earned, on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. LWC’s England Smith gave up seven runs on eight hits in five innings, walking four with two strikeouts.

Jason Turner (6-5) suffered the loss for Lindsey Wilson, allowing three runs on four hits in three innings of work.

Shugart dumped a single into short right with one out in the top of the first for LWC before Osnowitz belted a hanging curveball over the wall in left-center, his 13th of the season, for an early lead by the home team (though the visitors in the game).

The Bulldogs responded with three runs in their half of the inning, taking advantage of an error after Hall was hit to start the frame. Coleman grounded sharply to short for what looked to be a tailor-made double play, but the flip from Mark Silva to Michael Rosario went right through the second baseman’s hands and everyone was safe.

Lind’s grounder to the right side was just enough in the hole for him to beat the throw from first baseman Jordan Berry to Smith, loading the bases. Hall scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Josciel Veras and after a one-out walk to Brady North, Byrd hit the first pitch over the first baseman’s head for a two-run single, putting CU ahead, 3-2, after an inning.

Lindsey Wilson answered with five runs in the second, though, all unearned, starting with a bunt single by Silva. Russ Morse bunted, getting the ball down with two strikes, and he and North ran into each other in the base line, with the ball, the runner and the fielder getting there all at the same time.

The ball bounced out of the glove of North and most of the way to the dugout, allowing the runners to move to second and third. Gomez struck out the next two batters and Osnowitz was intentionally walked, loading the bases, before Andino’s chopper to first was bobbled by North, allowing a run to score.

Alex Bautista then ripped a ground rule double down the left-field line, scoring a pair, and after another free pass, this one to Berry, Davis drove a single up the middle, plating two more runs for a 7-3 LWC advantage.

Cumberland came right back in the top of the second, with Seaton hit by the pitch to leadoff before Coleman drilled a first-pitch fastball over the wall in left-center with two outs, his fourth of the year, cutting the deficit to 7-5.

Seaton scored again in the fourth after leading off with a single to center and moving to second on Tyler Alford’s sac bunt. Coleman drilled a two-out double over the head of Andino in center field, making it a 7-6 lead for the Blue Raiders.

LWC nearly expanded the lead in the fifth when Morse led off with a single and Shugart walked with two outs and stole second, but Andino’s hot-shot up the middle was backhanded by Lind, who completed the play with a strong throw to first.

The Bulldogs pulled even in the bottom of the inning thanks to some wildness from Smith, who walked Veras and North to start the inning, but Byrd bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. Tyler Anderson came through though, reaching on an infield single to the left side, with Veras coming across again and knotting the score at seven.

Turner retired the first seven batters he faced before Seaton led off the eighth with a single to center. Alford’s bunt pushed the runner to second again and Hall followed with a single to center. Andino’s throw to the plate sailed well high, allowing Hall to take second on the play.

Coleman then laced a double into right-center, just out of the reach of a diving Andino, scoring both runners, and Lind followed with a long triple to center, with Andino crashing into the wall and unable to track down the fly ball, giving the Bulldogs a 10-7 advantage.

The Blue Raiders threatened in the bottom of the inning, with Davis starting the frame with a looper into right-center, and pinch-hitter Jacob Roberts singled down the right-field line with two outs, putting runners on the corners. But Shugart lined the 2-1 pitch to Byrd in center field for the final out.

Bulldogs lead MSC baseball with 18 Scholar-Athletes

Cumberland led all schools with 18 Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athletes, as announced by the league office on Saturday in advance of the conference tournament.

Student-athletes must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically and maintain a 3.25 grade-point-average to be eligible.

Seven position starters and five pitchers who have logged innings this season were part of the list for the Bulldogs, including seniors Tyler Anderson, Sam Lind, Brady North, Richie Seaton, Matthew Sedgwick, Leo Sierra, Kevin T. Greene, Garrett Treadwell and Bryan Haney.

Juniors Tyler Alford, Justin Byrd and Stevie Smith, sophomores Zach Cole, Chris Hall, Drew Chester and Timothy Smith and redshirt freshmen Jackson White and Dylan Lannom all garnered accolades from the conference.

A total of 79 student-athletes were honored from 10 conference institutions.

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