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Bulldogs split doubleheader with Faulkner
Mar 20, 2013 4:00 pm
Cumberland’s Nick Conley allowed just three hits in a complete game in the opener but No. 9 Faulkner scored in the final four innings of the second game as the Bulldogs split a doubleheader Tuesday, winning 5-1 before falling 8-4 against the Eagles at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Conley allowed just an unearned run with three walks against the Eagles, who entered the game batting .330 as a team this season. The right-hander retired 16 of the final 19 batters of the game after giving up a pair of walks in the second inning. It tied for the longest outing of his career after going seven innings earlier this season against Auburn Montgomery.
Richie Seaton drove in a pair of runs for the Bulldogs (18-10-1) in the opener and Seaton and Chris Hall each collected a pair of hits in the contest. Daniel Harrison posted three hits and two RBIs and Tyler Alford added a two-run homer in the second game, as CU scored four times in the final inning and nearly got the tying run to the plate after trailing 8-0.
Mitch Rainer (0-1) took the loss in the second game, giving up seven runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He walked three and struck out three in his first appearance since February 9.
The Eagles (25-7) scored in the first inning in the opener, as Brook Boudreaux singled to leadoff the game and stole second. He went to third on a line drive by Zak Colby and scored on an error by shortstop Cory Urquhart on a ground ball off the bat of Michael Cruz.
The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the inning after Hall tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch.
In the fourth Seaton singled and went to second on a sacrifice by Alford. Seaton moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single by Justin Johnston.
Cumberland added two more runs in the fifth when Craig Monson doubled with one out and Brodie Ross was hit. With two outs Seaton doubled down to rightfield, plating both runners for a 4-1 edge.
CU plated another run in the sixth, starting with a two-out single by Urquhart, who went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Hall’s single to center for the final run.
The second game was scoreless until the fourth when Faulkner struck for three runs.
Boudreaux was hit to leadoff the inning and stole second but was gunned down trying to take third. Colby then walked and Cruz singled, putting runners on the corners, before an RBI double by Sergio Sanchez. Ethan Williams followed with a two-run double for a 3-0 Eagles lead.
In the fifth Boudreaux singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a single by Cruz.
Sanchez walked with one out in the Faulkner sixth inning and pinch-runner Antonio Kendrick stole second. Williams walked as well and David Bishop doubled home two runs, chasing Rainer from the game. Dauris Holguin’s two-out RBI single gave the Eagles a 7-0 advantage.
Colby singled with one out in the seventh and later scored on a single to center by Sanchez.
The Bulldogs mounted a comeback in the bottom of the inning, starting when Seaton reached on an error. Tyler Anderson singled and Harrison followed with a two-run double. Alford then belted his two-run blast, the second of the year for the sophomore catcher.
With two outs Hall singled and Monson walked, but Ross grounded out to end the game.
Cumberland will take on Bethel at home at 3 p.m. today before playing host to St. Catharine in a three-game Mid-South Conference series this weekend.