|February 23, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Gomez (3-0)||9.0||3||0||0||2||6|
|Loss: Smith (0-3)||8.0||6||1||1||1||2|
|February 23, 2013||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Meyer (2-1)||7.0||2||0||0||2||8|
|Loss: Einhardt (0-1)||3.0||7||4||4||2||3|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Anthony Gomez tossed a three-hit shutout in the opener but the favor was returned in the second game by Georgetown College’s Shaun Meyer’s, who allowed just two hits in seven innings, as Cumberland split a doubleheader on Saturday against the 20th-ranked Tigers, winning 1-0 before dropping a 6-0 decision at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Gomez (3-0) continued his torrid pace to the season, allowing just three hits (two in the ninth inning) with two walks and six strikeouts and throwing just 104 pitches. The lefthander faced only four batters over the minimum (one was erased on a doubleplay) and he retired 17 of 19 batters faced before running into trouble in the ninth.
The contest ended dramatically after T.C. O’Neal led off the ninth inning with an infield single up the middle. With two outs O’Neal took off for second and Martin Lemus grounded through the hole vacated by the second baseman. The ball was not sharply hit and O’Neal just kept running all the way to the plate, but Richie Seaton’s throw nailed the runner for the final out of the game, preserving the 1-0 victory.
Cumberland (8-4-1, 2-1 Mid-South) managed just six hits against Georgetown’s Matt Smith (0-3). The righthander walked one, struck out two and worked in-and-out of trouble in the middle innings when the Bulldogs had seven combined baserunners in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Tyler Alford drove in the only run of the game with a one-out single up the middle in the fifth, plating pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow. Robert Gonzalez followed Alford with a double, but Cory Urquhart bounced into an inning-ending doubleplay to end the threat.
CU’s Daniel Harrison was thrown out at the plate to end the fourth inning by righthander Jordan Hinshaw and the Bulldogs had two runners in the seventh only to groundout twice.
Lemus walked against Gomez in the second, but Hinshaw bounced into a doubleplay. Catcher Marvin Flores was hit in the third inning and pinch-runner O’Neal stole second and third, but Tanner Baldwin and Justin Moore struck out to end the inning.
Ryan Serrato drew a two-out walk in the fifth but was stranded at first and Hinshaw doubled with two outs in the seventh before a foul out by David Higuera.
Georgetown (8-8, 1-2) started fast in the second game with three runs against CU starter Evin Einhardt and Meyer did the rest in the seven-inning affair. Hinshaw plated two runs with a single down the rightfield line and Higuera drove in another run with a single through the rightside.
Meyer (2-1) set down 13 of 14 batters after a leadoff single by Gonzalez in the first inning. He hit Josciel Veras and walked Tyler Anderson in the fifth, but Alford struck out to end the inning. Craig Monson singled to start the seventh, Cumberland’s first hit since the leadoff single by Gonzalez, but Monson was erased by a doubleplay, just as Gonzalez was in the first inning.
Einhardt (0-1) gave up four runs on seven hits in three innings. The righthander walked two and struck out three. Tyler Adams tossed the final four innings for the Bulldogs, allowing two runs on four hits.
In the first inning Mike Steinke and EJ Murray both walked for the Tigers before a single by Lemus loaded the bases. Hinshaw followed with his two-run single before the run-scoring hit by Higuera put Georgetown ahead quickly.
Hinshaw singled to leadoff the third and hustled into second after a bobble in leftfield by Justin Johnston. Higuera followed with a single up the middle, putting runners on the corners. The Tigers tried the squeeze play, but Hinshaw was tagged out at the plate. No matter, as Flores followed with an RBI single to center for a 4-0 advantage.
Lemus led off the fifth with a single and pinch-runner Nic Chafin eventually scored Serrato’s two-out single to right. Serrato added a line drive, solo homer to rightcenter in the seventh for the final run.
Cumberland plays at Bryan College this Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central Time before returning to conference play next weekend at the University of the Cumberlands.