LEWISTON, Idaho – While Lebanon was sleeping in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Cumberland’s Sam Lind collected four hits and Lind and Brady North each drove in three runs while Kevin T. Greene and Stevie Smith limited No. 1 Oklahoma Baptist to just seven hits in a 13-5 victory at Harris Field in the 58th Annual Avista-NAIA World Series.
The teams were more than an hour late getting started when the previous game lasted 12 innings. When the Bulldogs and Bison started playing, they had to be pulled off the field twice for lightning delays totaling two hours and 18 minutes. The game ended just after 3 a.m. CDT and 1 a.m. in Lewiston.
The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs (48-19) remained the only unbeaten team in the tournament, which is now down to four teams. Cumberland will face second-ranked Lewis-Clark State for the second time in the event tonight at 8:30 p.m. CDT.
Cumberland scored twice in the first and added single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but a two-run double from OBU’s Mason Ankeney and a sacrifice fly by Ridge Hoopii-Haslam, both in the sixth, tied the contest at five.
The Bulldogs responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of two walks and two hit batters to go along with two hits, including a two-run single from Lind and North’s third sacrifice fly of the game.
Greene (5-4) pitched very well for five innings before running out of gas in the sixth, but the lefthander still picked up the win. He allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Smith got his first save of the year with three scoreless innings in his first appearance since April 12. He gave up two hits and struck out a pair.
Chris Hall and Ricky Coleman each scored three times for CU and Justin Byrd, Tyler Anderson, Richie Seaton and Coleman all collected two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.
OBU starter Jordan Morales lasted five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Andrew Millner (4-2) suffered the loss, giving up five runs on just two hits with two walks and two hit batters in two-thirds of an inning.
Both teams started quickly, with Joey Szczepanski and Jeff Ricker leading off with singles for the Bison (55-8), but Greene retired the next two hitters before a ground ball to North at first, but he kicked it and then made a bad throw to Greene at first, with the ball getting past the pitcher and into the dugout, allowing Szczepanski to score on the play.
The Bulldogs bounced back in their half of the inning with a leadoff single from Hall, who went to second on a balk. Coleman’s chopper to center tied the game and he moved to second when the throw to the plate sailed high. Lind followed with a single to left, his 100th hit of the season, putting runners on the corners, before lightning halted play for 83 minutes.
When play resumed North belted a deep fly ball down the left-field line, plating Coleman, for the 2-1 edge.
OBU tied the contest in the third thanks to another CU error after a one-out walk to Matt Page. After a 55-minute lightning delay, Page stole second on a delayed steal and scored when Ivan Vela’s grounder to first got by North into right field.
Cumberland reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning, though, when Coleman and Lind had back-to-back two-out doubles. In the fourth Josciel Veras was hit on the first pitch of the inning, went to second on Byrd’s groundout and third on a wild pitch. Seaton’s single through the middle off the glove of the pitcher drove home another run for a 4-2 CU advantage.
Hall led off the fifth with a walk and stole second before Lind collected his third hit of the game with a single to center. North’s second sacrifice fly of the game extended the CU lead to 5-2.
Oklahoma Baptist took advantage of free passes to Garrett Roberts and Kevin Hatch in the sixth. Ankeney’s double turned Hall all sorts of directions in leftfield and after a wild pitch, pinch-runner Shakeel Newton scored on Hoopii-Haslem’s sac fly to right, knotting the score at five.
Cumberland responded in the bottom of the inning, with Anderson greeting Millner with a single up the middle. Seaton walked and Bryan Haney and Hall were both hit, forcing in a run. Lind’s chopper got under the glove of Hoopii-Haslem, scoring two runs, and North added another sac fly. Lind later scored thanks to a pair of wild pitcher for a 10-5 advantage.
The Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the eighth, starting with a walk and a stolen base by Coleman. He scored when Veras’ grounder was booted by OBU shortstop Ivan Vela and after a Byrd single, Anderson plated the final two runs with a double to left-center.