MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senior Richie Seaton delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh inning as the Cumberland baseball team overcame a one-run deficit in its final at-bat to outlast Missouri Baptist on Saturday at Harrison Field on the campus of Faulkner University.
Junior Justin Byrd collected three hits and scored a pair of runs in the victory and redshirt senior Ricky Coleman went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
After surrendering a one-run lead during a two-run top of the seventh, CU (2-1), acting as the home team at the neutral site, returned the favor in the bottom of the inning.
Byrd began the rally with a double down the right field line, and redshirt senior Sam Lind singled to left. Coleman tied the game with a ground ball to the first baseman, which kicked away leaving runners on first and second. Following a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Seaton came through with the game-ending hit.
The Bulldogs conducted a two-out rally in the bottom of the second. After a double-play cleared the bases, Tyler Anderson drew a walk and Seaton continued his hot start with a single. Josciel Veras completed the damage with a double to right-center field to bring home both runners and give CU a 2-0 advantage.
The two-out lightning struck again in the third inning as Ricky Coleman doubled home Justin Byrd, who reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Missouri Baptist responded immediately in the top of the fourth, as Pier Oliver-Dostaler singled with two away and the bases loaded to cut the Spartans’ deficit to 3-2.
The score remained as such until the top of the seventh inning, as Missouri Baptist took its first lead of the contest. After a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt, Joseph Stropp delivered a sac fly to right field to tie the game. An error at shortstop plated a second run to give the Spartans a 4-3 advantage.
Junior Stevie Smith (1-0) grabbed the victory on the bump in two innings of relief work. Junior Clint Meadows started the contest, scattering five hits in five innings and allowing a pair of runs.
Errors lead to Cumberland loss
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Cumberland could not overcome five errors Saturday evening, as the Bulldogs allowed five unearned runs en route to a 7-4 loss to No. 1 Faulkner in baseball action here at Harrison Field.
Starting pitcher Anthony Gomez (0-1) allowed seven runs in four innings of work, though just two of the runs were earned. The senior struck out four and walked none in his first loss of the season.
The bottom of the second seemed never-ending as four runs came across for the Eagles (5-2) thanks, in part, to two errors and a wild pitch. Back-to-back singles started the inning before a fielding error plated the first two runs. Luis Sanchez knocked in another with a single, and a wild pitch brought home the fourth of the inning.
Cumberland (2-2) answered with a crooked number of their own in the top of the third as Chris Hall tripled home a pair of runs. Josciel Veras began the rally by reaching via an error and Tyler Alford followed with a walk to set up Hall. Justin Byrd followed with an RBI groundout and the Eagles’ lead shrunk from four to one.
Faulkner extended the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Robert Llera doubled to the right-center field wall to plate a pair of runners. Another error put runners on first and third and Michael Cruz capitalized with an RBI single to give the Eagles a 7-3 advantage.
The Bulldogs got one back in the sixth thanks to a pair of mistakes by Faulkner. Hall singled to center and advanced all the way to third thanks to an errant throw that bounced into the Faulkner dugout. He scored one pitch later as a wild pitch escaped the grasp of the catcher.
Cumberland will take on Union University at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium today for the ball club’s home opener. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.