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Win: Gomez (10-0) 6.020043
Loss: Lykins (2-6) 6.076452
Villines (BLUE) 302010
Ross (CU) 402200
Alford (CU) 402000
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Win: Collier (5-1) 7.050016
Loss: Russell-Myers (5-7) 5.041042
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Veras (CU) 302000
Bulldogs shutout Bluefield in final home games
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Bulldogs shutout Bluefield in final home games
Jake Collier won his third straight start with seven shutout innings Saturday against Bluefield College. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Anthony Gomez and Nick Conley combined for a four-hit shutout in the opener and Jake Collier tossed a five-hit shutout in the second, as 12th-ranked Cumberland swept a doubleheader, 6-0 and 1-0, Saturday on Senior Day at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.

The Bulldogs (37-15-1) concluded the regular season with the series sweep over the Rams (17-27, 5-19) and will face Shawnee State at 9 a.m. Central Time in the opening game of the Mid-South Conference Championships that begin Thursday at Hunter Wright Stadium in Kingsport, Tenn.

Gomez (10-0) allowed just two hits with four walks and three strikeouts in six shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 0.95 in 76.0 innings of work over 11 starts for the Bulldogs. The lefthander retired the first six batters of the game before walking the bases loaded in the third. He gave up both hits in the fifth inning and walked one in the sixth before giving way to Conley, who allowed two hits as well with one walk and one strikeout in three innings to earn a save.

Brodie Ross posted two hits and two RBIs, Tyler Alford collected two hits and Chris Hall scored twice in the victory for CU.

Collier (5-1) retired 13 of the final 15 batters of the game in the second contest, starting with a 4-6-3 doubleplay to end the third inning. The righthander gave up a single in the fourth and a double in the fifth, but preserved the 1-0 margin for his third consecutive victory single returning to the starting rotation. He walked one and struck out six, helping the Bulldogs post their 12th consecutive conference win.

The lone run of the game came on an RBI single from Hunter Bartlett in the second inning after Bryan Haney reached on an error to leadoff the frame.

Cumberland scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning in the opener, with Hall reaching on an error by second baseman Will Simpson. He stole second before Craig Monson walked and Ross’ single down the rightfield line plated one run. With two outs Bluefield third baseman Jamie Blackwell booted a grounder off the bat of Tyler Anderson, allowing another run to score for CU.

In the third Nolan Gray doubled to rightcenter and Ross followed with a single. Gray went to third on the play and scored on an error by centerfield Chris Rosa for a 3-0 Bulldogs advantage.

Alford started the fourth inning with a single and pinch-runner Chris Del Bianco moved to second on Ryan Critchelow’s sacrifice bunt. Cory Urquhart and Hall both walked, loading the bases, before another free pass, this one to Gray, forcing in a run. Ross was then hit, forcing in another run, and Daniel Harrison’s sacrifice fly plated the final run of the contest.

Justin Lykins (2-6) suffered the loss for the Rams, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with five walks and two strikeouts in six innings.

Haney reached on an error by Simpson with one out the second inning in the second game and went to second on a wild pitch. With two outs Josciel Veras reached on an infield single, putting runners on the corners, before Bartlett’s single to the left side gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 edge.

Cumberland’s only other good scoring chance of the game came in the fourth when Haney walked to leadoff and Del Bianco reached on a bunt attempt. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and with two outs Urquhart walked, loading the bases, but Richie Seaton popped up to end the threat.

Zach Russell-Myers (5-7) took the loss for Bluefield, giving up one run on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in five innings.