LEBANON, Tenn. – Kevin P. Greene scattered eight hits in a complete game, Chris Hall collected four hits and Craig Monson drove in a pair of Cumberland’s 5-1 series-sweeping victory over St. Catharine College in baseball action Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Richie Seaton and Justin Johnston each posted two hits and Johnston scored twice for the Bulldogs (22-10-1, 10-2), who moved into a tie for first place in the Mid-South Conference with the series sweep and Campbellsville University losing 2-of-3 at home to UVA-Wise.
Greene (4-1) tossed his second straight complete game in just his second start of the year, this time going nine innings. The righthander walked one, struck out five and induced doubleplays to end threats in the fifth and seventh innings. He has now allowed just one run in his last six appearances covering 26.2 innings of work.
St. Catharine starter Bruce Tolliver (3-3) took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits in five innings. He walked seven and struck out four.
The Bulldogs plated a run in the first for an early lead after Hall singled with one out and stole second. Monson then walked before a single to leftcenter by Brodie Ross loaded the bases. Daniel Harrison drew a walk, forcing in the first run of the game.
The Patriots knotted the score in the third with a two-out single and stolen base by Carlos Hernandez. CJ Englestad walked before an RBI single up the middle from KC Mejia.
Cumberland took the lead for good in the fourth with a leadoff walk to Tyler Alford. Pinch-runner Chris Del Bianco went to second on a sacrifice by Johnston and third on a groundout by Cory Urquhart. Hall walked, putting runners on the corners, before an RBI single up the middle by Monson put the Bulldogs ahead, 2-1.
In the sixth Johnston reached on an infield single and went to second when the throw from shortstop Adrian Garcia got away. Urquhart’s sacrifice pushed the runner to third and Hall’s bunt single plated Johnston for a 3-1 edge.
Cumberland scored two insurance runs in the eighth, starting with a leadoff homer by Alford, his third of the season. Johnston, Urquhart and Hall all followed with singles and Monson’s groundout put the Bulldogs up, 5-1.
Cumberland plays a doubleheader at Georgia Gwinnett College on Sunday, the start of a 12-game road swing, and heads to Mid-Continent University for a single-game on Tuesday.