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Dawgs double-steal 13-inning win
Mar 11, 2013 4:30 pm
From staff reports
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — Daniel Harrison and Josciel Veras pulled off a double steal for the winning run and Kevin P. Greene tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief in Cumberland’s 8-7 victory in 13 innings over Shawnee State on Friday in the first of a three-game series at Branch Rickey Park.
The Bulldogs (10-6-1, 3-1 Mid-South) held a 6-2 advantage before Shawnee State plated five runs in the seventh inning – two on walks and one on a wild pitch – but CU tied the contest with a run in the eighth on a groundout by Harrison.
Greene (2-1) used a pair of double plays to get out of trouble, including one to end the game. The Bears (14-10, 3-1) also left the bases loaded in the 10th inning after a pair of walks. The right-hander allowed six hits and five walks but struck out three in his longest outing of the season.
Five different Bulldog players collected two hits apiece and Brodie Ross drove in three runs while Craig Monson was 0-for-4 but drew three walks and scored all three times.
Jordan Williams worked six innings in relief for Shawnee to take the loss, giving up two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
The Bears scored first in the game when Colin Keim and Cody Spires both singled to leadoff the second and moved to second and third on a bunt by Jake Lankheit. Daniel Katayama’s sacrifice fly plated Keim for the early lead for the home team.
Cumberland posted four runs in the fifth, starting with a leadoff double from Tyler Alford. Urquhart’s bunt pushed pinch-runner Chris Hall to third and Richie Seaton followed with an RBI triple down the right-field line.
Monson then walked and Ross singled to right, scoring Seaton. A two-out walk to Veras loaded the bases before Justin Johnston delivered a two-run single up the middle for a 4-1 advantage.
SSU got a run back in the bottom of the inning after one-out singles by Katayama and Tyler Bice. Brady Hightchew then grounded to third for what looked to be a double play, but Veras’ relay throw to first was wild and got away, allowing a run to score.
CU added two more runs in the sixth when Urquhart reached on an error and went to second on Seaton’s bunt. Monson reached on an error by the leftfielder, going all the way to second, and Urquhart moved to third. Ross followed with a two-run single to left for a 6-2 Bulldog lead.
Cumberland starter Kevin T. Greene cruised through six innings, allowing the two runs on just four hits before running into trouble in the seventh.
Katayama doubled to leadoff and Bice followed with an infield single. Pinch-hitter Aaron Suydam walked, loading the bases and prompting a pitching change, but Tyler Adams allowed an RBI single to Todd Queener, walked in a run and allowed another to score on a wild pitch after a strikeout.
After another walk Kevin P. Greene entered, but he issued a free pass to Spires, plating another run, before a sac fly from Lankheit made it 7-6 Bears.
The Bulldogs came right back in the eighth in the eighth when Williams entered the game, with Monson drawing a leadoff walk and Hall reaching on a bunt single. Harrison bounced into a would-be doubleplay, but again the second baseman’s throw to first got away, this time from Bice, allowing the tying run to score.
Bice and Queener both singled for Shawnee in the bottom of the inning, but Calvin Sluberski grounded out and Joe Henderson lined out to end the inning.
In the ninth Urquhart walked and Seaton singled with two outs, but Monson popped out to end the threat. Keim singled to start the bottom of the ninth for SSU, but Spires bounced into a 4-6-3 twin-killing to send the game to extra innings.
In the bottom of the 10th Katayama reached on an infield single and Bice moved the runner to second with a bunt. With two outs the Bulldogs intentionally walked Queener and Sluberski also walked, loading the bases, but Henderson lined out to rightcenter to end the inning.
Harrison got things started in the final inning with a one-out single to right. Veras followed with a single to right, putting runners on the corners, and Cumberland pulled off the double steal to push across the winning run.
In the bottom of the inning Henderson walked and Keim singled to start the frame, but Spires popped up the bunt attempt before Lankheit grounded up the middle. Veras took the ground ball, stepped on the bag and completed the doubleplay to end the contest.
SSU starter Zack Esposito tossed seven innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits. He walked six and struck out eight in a no decision.
The two teams will conclude the series today with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. CST. The Bulldogs will begin a six-game homestand Monday with two games against Missouri Baptist and West Virginia Tech and one each versus Judson and Martin Methodist, all between Monday and Wednesday.