David Lidyard tossed a four-hit shutout, throwing just 72 pitches, and third-ranked Embry-Riddle scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning in a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Cumberland on Tuesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Lidyard (4-1), in his first start of the season, did not walk a batter, struck out two and allowed just one baserunner to reach third base – leadoff hitter Chris Hall in the first inning. The Bulldogs (18-12) swung early and often and the right-hander threw 17 first-pitch strikes in the win.
Liam Goodall’s RBI triple in the fourth scored pinch-runner Logan Bailey and he was running for Darryl Knight, who reached on an error. Goodall came across on a wild pitch for the second run and that was more than enough for Lidyard.
Hall, a third-year sophomore from Friendship Christian, collected a pair of doubles and had half of the club’s four hits in the game.
Jake Collier (1-3) was on the short end for the third time this season on the mound, giving up one earned run while scattering nine hits. The right-hander walked three, struck out four and worked around three base runners in the first, fourth and seventh innings and two more in the sixth.
Jake Cavendar and Kevin Lindheim along with Goodall each posted two hits apiece for Embry-Riddle (19-13), which ended a two-game losing streak with the win.
The Bulldogs looked to get on the board in the first inning when Hall led off with a double and went to third on Justin Byrd’s line drive to right-field, but after a walk to Sam Lind, Ricky Coleman bounced into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.
The Eagles took advantage of an error to take the lead with two runs in the fourth.
Darryl Knight’s squibber off the end of the bat to Lind at second base was booted and moved to second on a groundout by Jordan Johnson. Goodall then tripled into the gap in right-center and later scored on a wild pitch.
Cumberland never really got anything else going against Lidyard, who committed a throwing error on a Richie Seaton grounder in the second but then got one of his nine ground ball outs from Tyler Alford.
Coleman singled with one out in the fourth and Tyler Anderson was hit with two outs, but Seaton flied out to left to end the inning. CU’s only other base runners came on a two-out double by Hall in the fifth and a two-out single to right by Brady North in the sixth.
The Eagles nearly added an insurance run in the seventh after a leadoff single by Cavendar. Lindheim roped a ball into left-center off the glove of a diving Seaton, but Hall quickly gathered the ball and Anderson’s relay to the plate nailed the runner, keeping the deficit at two for the Bulldogs.
It was for naught, as Lidyard retired the side in order, getting pinch-hitter Jarrett Plunkett looking to end the game.
Cumberland will play again at home today against Oklahoma Wesleyan at 2 p.m. before playing host to Campbellsville this weekend in a three-game Mid-South Conference series.