LEBANON, Tenn. – Kevin T. Greene allowed one run in seven innings and 12th-ranked Cumberland scored seven runs in the second inning, all with two outs, before holding a late rally for a 9-5 victory over Bluefield College on Friday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Bulldogs (35-15-1, 17-2 Mid-South) conclude the home schedule Saturday with a doubleheader at Noon against Bluefield. Thirteen seniors will be honored between games of the doubleheader as well.
Greene (6-1) rebounded from a subpar outing last week to give up just five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in seven innings for the win. The lefthander retired nine of the first 10 batters of the game and then 11 of the last 13 hitters he faced after the Rams (17-25, 5-17) got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning.
Brodie Ross and Cory Urquhart each collected two-run singles in the seven-run second inning, while Craig Monson, Daniel Harrison and Tyler Anderson added run-scoring hits in the frame. Bryan Haney drove home a run with a single in the seventh and Ryan Critchelow walked with the bases loaded later in the inning for the club’s final two runs.
Harrison and Anderson each finished with two hits and Anderson scored twice for the Bulldogs, who have won 10 consecutive conference games.
Sean Williams (1-7) took the loss for Bluefield, giving up nine runs on 11 hits with six walks in six innings.
Cumberland scored seven runs in the second inning, all with two outs, to take a commanding lead in the game.
Anderson and Richie Seaton both singled to leadoff and Tyler Alford’s sacrifice pushed the runners to second and third. Josciel Veras struck out before a two-run single through the left side by Urquhart got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard.
Chris Hall walked and Monson followed with an RBI single to left, but that’s when the merry-go-round started, as both runners moved up on a throwing error by leftfielder Trevor Martin. Ross then singled to center, scoring two runners, but on the throw to the plate, catcher Kaleb Long tried to gun down Ross taking second, but the throw sailed into centerfield, allowing Ross to reach third on the play.
Harrison followed with an RBI double and scored on Anderson’s single to right for a 7-0 lead, as CU sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning.
The Rams got on the board in the fourth when Zac Russell-Myers led off with a single, stole second and scored on Jamie Blackwell’s double to rightcenter. That was all the damage Bluefield could muster against Greene, who allowed just two other baserunners in the game, both in the seventh inning.
In the seventh Harrison led off with a single and Chris Del Bianco was hit with one out before an RBI single up the middle from pinch-hitter Haney. Urquhart and Critchelow both walked, forcing in the club’s final run of the game.
Bluefield plated three runs in the eighth against reliever Kevin P. Greene, starting with a walk to Will Simpson and a double from Martin. With one out Chris Rosa belted a three-run homer to right, cutting the CU advantage to 9-4.
The Rams added a run in the ninth as well, with Long drawing a leadoff walk and a two-out single by Simpson before an RBI double from Martin.