Jake Collier allowed just two hits in seven innings and Marc Monroe worked five scoreless frames in his season debut, as 10th-ranked Cumberland shut out Mid-Continent in a doubleheader Wednesday, 10-0 and 4-0, at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Bulldogs (13-5) took advantage of nine walks in the opener and plated six unearned runs thanks to two MCU errors, four of those in the fourth inning. Richie Seaton singled home a run and another scored on a sacrifice fly by Josciel Veras, but two runners came across on free passes and another scored on an error in a five-run first inning.
Cumberland managed just seven hits in each game with solo home runs from Will Henderson and Sam Lind in the second game. Ricky Coleman and Brady North added RBI singles in the contest as well.
Monroe (1-0) tossed five innings in his Cumberland debut after missing last season with an injury. The right-hander did not walk a batter, struck out two and allowed five hits in five innings, tossing just 55 pitches. Drew Chester and Andrew Woodfin each worked one inning of relief, striking out one apiece.
In the second game Collier (1-2) walked two and struck out five in his second straight solid outing. The Cougars had just four base runners in the entire game and none made it past first base.
Justin Byrd collected a pair of doubles and scored four times in the doubleheader, while Lind added three hits and Coleman posted three RBIs in the twinbill.
Cumberland will play host to Shawnee State in a three-game Mid-South Conference series this weekend starting Friday at 2 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader has been moved up to 11 a.m. as well before the Bulldogs embark on a spring break road swing through Florida and also to St. Catharine in Kentucky for a conference series next weekend.
CU plated five runs in the first inning of the opener on just one hit thanks to four walks and an error by Mid-Continent.
Chris Hall and Byrd both walked to start the inning and Coleman’s free pass with one out loaded the bases. North also walked, forcing in a run, before the sac fly by Veras and RBI single from Seaton. The final two runs came across when Henderson reached on an error by left-fielder Uriel Hawkins.
In the second Byrd doubled to left field with one out and scored on Coleman’s RBI single to left two batters later.
Cumberland added four more runs in the fourth, all unearned, as Tyler Alford led off and reached on a throwing error by shortstop Jay Singleton. Byrd walked with one out and Lind followed with a single to left, loading the bases.
Coleman was hit by the pitch, pushing across a run, and North plated another run with a groundout. Veras’ single to left scored the final two runs of the game for the Bulldogs.
Lind homered with two outs in the first inning of the second game, his second of the season, for another early lead.
Henderson led off the third inning with a homer to left, just the second of his career, and Hall followed with a single to right before another single by Byrd. Coleman’s two-out single to right plated Hall for a 3-0 advantage.
Byrd started the sixth inning with a double down the right-field line and scored on North’s two-out single to right for the final run of the contest.