Stevie Smith scattered six hits in a complete game shutout and Sam Lind collected three hits and scored twice in 10th-ranked Cumberland’s 4-0 victory over No. 3 Embry-Riddle here Monday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Bulldogs (18-11) were short on pitching heading into the day and gave Smith, who had 10 previous appearances this season out of the bullpen, his first start of the year. The right-hander did everything the club could have asked for, walking one and hitting one but striking out four.
Smith induced a pair of ground ball double plays and worked around one error by the Cumberland defense, but only one Embry-Riddle (18-12) runner reached third base.
Tyler Anderson’s two-run single in the third inning put the Bulldogs ahead, with CU taking advantage of a pair of two-out walks after a triple from Lind.
Lind and Ricky Coleman both singled and Brady North walked before an RBI groundout from Anderson in the fifth inning, giving Cumberland a 3-0 advantage.
Chris Hall and Justin Byrd both drew free passes in the sixth and Lind plated the final run of the game with an RBI single to right.
ERAU starter Clayton Wagner (1-2) struggled with control, allowing four runs on seven hits, but the lefthander walked six and struck out three in six-plus innings.
Cumberland and Embry-Riddle, coached by former Bulldog All-American shortstop Randy Stegall, will play again today at 2 p.m. and the Bulldogs will play host to Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday at 2 p.m. as well.
The Bulldogs missed a chance to score in the first inning when Hall was hit to leadoff and Byrd followed with a single to left, but Lind flied out to center and Byrd was thrown out on the backside of a double steal. Coleman drew a two-out walk but North flied out to left, ending the threat for the home team.
ERAU got one-out singles from Kyle Buchanan and Jake Cavendar in the third, executing the hit-and-run with Cavendar, but after an eight-pitch battle, Jordan Johnson bounced into an inning-ending 6-4-3 doubleplay and the game remained scoreless.
Cumberland got on the board in the bottom of the inning thanks to some wildness from Wagner.
With two outs Lind hammered a line drive to dead center, just off the glove of a diving Buchanan at the base of the wall, and Coleman and North followed with free passes, as Wagner throw eight balls in nine pitches. Anderson took a 2-1 pitch back through the middle for a two-run single and a 2-0 CU advantage through three complete.
Darryl Knight singled with one out for the Eagles in fourth inning and J. Rhett Montana reached on a throwing error by Coleman at third base, but Liam Goodall lined out to right-center and Montana was picked off to end the inning.
Cumberland added a run in the fifth when Lind and Coleman both singled with one out and North walked, loading the bases. Anderson grounded slowly to second and beat the relay for the double play, allowing Lind to score for a 3-0 edge.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the sixth thanks to some more wildness from Wagner, who walked Hall and Byrd with two outs. Lind rapped his third hit of the day, this one to right field, plating Hall for a 4-0 lead.
Embry-Riddle’s only other real threat came in the seventh inning when Montana drew a leadoff walk and Hunter Bruehl doubled just inside the first base bag with two outs, but Buchanan struck out to end the inning and the threat.
Bulldog baseball splits at St. Catharine
ST. CATHARINE, Ky. — Two big innings carried Cumberland to an 11-7 victory in the opener, with Marc Monroe tossing the final five innings for the victory, but St. Catharine scored in each of the first four innings and won the series with a 7-4 win in game two on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (17-11, 4-5 Mid-South) dropped their second straight conference series, something last year’s club did not do at all en route to the regular season crown. CU split the twin bill despite stranding 22 runners in the two outings, including 10 in the seven-inning second contest.
Chris Hall and Tyler Anderson both collected two hits and three RBIs and Josciel Veras added three hits and scored twice in the opener, as Cumberland scored nine runs in the second and third innings to take the victory.
Monroe (3-0) allowed one run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings of work. The right-hander walked the first batter he faced but then retired nine of the next 11 before giving up three singles and a run in the eighth.
In the second game the Patriots (11-13, 4-5) plated two runs apiece in the first three innings and added another in the fourth, taking a commanding 7-1 advantage. The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the second inning and two each in the fourth and sixth innings as well. Anderson and Brady North both posted three hits in the loss and North scored twice. Clint Meadows (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, three earned, on seven hits in 2.1 innings.
St. Catharine took an early lead in the first game when Alfredo Bohorquez led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second and went to third when the throw got away. Francisco Gonzalez walked but was erased on a double play, but the run scored on the ground ball for the Patriots.
The Bulldogs struck for five runs in the second inning, starting with a walk to Ricky Coleman. North was hit and Veras singled, loading the bases, before a two-run single through the right side by Anderson. Richie Seaton plated another run with a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 edge, but CU wasn’t done in the frame.
Tyler Alford walked and Chris Hall followed with an RBI infield single. Both runners moved up on the second balk of the inning for SCC starter Andrew Nelson and Justin Byrd’s groundout plated pinch-runner Zach Cole for a 5-1 advantage.
In the third Coleman led off with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Veras then singled, putting runners on the corners, before an RBI single to left by Anderson. Alford walked with one out, loading the bases, and Hall followed with a two-run single to right. SCC rightfielder Adrian Garcia booted the ball on the play, allowing all three runners to come across, giving Cumberland a 9-1 lead.
The Patriots got back into the game with a five-spot of their own in the fourth inning, as Danny Jimenez, Dominique Guevara and Harold Diaz all singled with one out, the last hit scoring a run. Drew Kissel was hit, loading the bases, and Bohorquez was also hit, forcing in a run. Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly pushed across another run and the final two runs scored on an error by Veras at shortstop, cutting the Cumberland lead to 9-6.
St. Catharine added another run in the eighth with singles from pinch-hitter Tyler Devine, Bohorquez and Nick Rosso, making it a 9-7 game.
But the Bulldogs answered with two insurance runs in the ninth, starting with a two-out walk to Hall. Byrd also drew a free pass and Sam Lind singled up the middle, plating a run. Coleman’s RBI single through the right side scored the final run of the contest.
The Patriots struck first in the second game, with Rosso doubling with two outs and scoring on Garcia’s single to right. Ty Broady walked before an RBI single to left by Jimenez gave the home team a quick 2-0 advantage.
Cumberland got a run back in the second when North and Anderson began the inning with singles. After a groundout by Seaton, Will Henderson’s infield single plated a run, cutting the deficit in half.
But St. Catharine came right back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning, with Guevara singling to leadoff and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Diaz. Kissel singled to left, plating a run, and after an infield single from Bohorquez, pinch-runner Cody Kollenberg scored on an error by Meadows.
In the third Broady singled with one out and Jimenez was hit. Both runners moved up on a passed ball but with two outs, Diaz grounded to second, but Lind booted the play, allowing both runners to score for a 6-1 advantage.
Rosso singled with one out in the fourth and Garcia followed with a triple down the right-field line, giving SCC a 7-1 lead.
The Bulldogs scored once in the sixth when Anderson led off with a single and Henderson reached on an error by Gonzalez at shortstop. Hall’s two-out single to left plated a run, but Byrd struck out to end the inning without any further damage.
In the seventh Lind led off with a single and North doubled two batters later, putting runners on second and third. Anderson singled up the middle, scoring one run, and Seaton’s fielder’s choice plated another, but Henderson grounded out to end the game with the tying run on deck.
Cumberland has no rest for the weary, as the Bulldogs took on third-ranked Embry-Riddle at home on Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday, also at 2 p.m.