LEBANON, Tenn. – Tyler Adams tossed a complete game, allowing three hits and just eight baserunners, while Brodie Ross collected three hits and Justin Johnston drove in a pair of runs in Cumberland’s 7-1 victory over Missouri Baptist on Monday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Missouri Baptist (5-5) will take on Judson University at 10 a.m. tomorrow while the Bulldogs will play Judson at 1 p.m. before facing MBU at 6 p.m. at Veterans Field in Lebanon.
Adams gave up two singles in the first but worked seven hitless innings to close out the game after a leadoff single in the third by Ryan Clarke. He worked around a pair of walks, one hit batter and a pair of errors. The righthander struck out four in picking up his first victory of the year, lowering his ERA to 1.80 in 25.0 innings this season.
Cumberland (13-6-1) scored five runs on eight hits in the first inning, giving Adams an early lead. Johnston plated two runs with a triple and Ross, Chris Hall and Tyler Anderson all drove in runs in the inning.
Cory Urquhart and Tyler Alford both added two each for CU and Hall scored twice as well.
MBU starter Michael Avila (0-2) allowed seven runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts in six innings. The lefthander settled down after the first inning, giving up two runs on four hits after the first.
Urquhart and Richie Seaton led off the bottom of the first with singles, but Craig Monson’s ground ball turned into a doubleplay. Urquhart scored on a single through the right side and Daniel Harrison followed with a single before Johnston’s two-run triple to right.
Hall then singled to left for another run and after a wild pitch, he came across on Anderson’s single to left.
From there Adams retired six of seven batters before an error by Johnston at second base to start the fourth. Garrett Vail was hit with one out in the inning, but Ricky Pagan flied out and Garrett Yost grounded out to end the threat.
CU took advantage of an error to score in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff single by Alford. Pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow went to second on a wild pitch and scored when Urquhart’s grounder was booted by second baseman Pier Olivier-Dostaler.
In the sixth Hall was hit to start the frame, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Urquhart’s two-out single to right.
Joseph Taylor led off the seventh with a walk for the Spartans but was stranded at first.
MBU’s only run came in the eighth when Ryan Clark reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a balk and scored on Taylor’s sacrifice fly to center.