JOLIET, Ill. – Tyler Anderson collected four hits, Craig Monson drove in five runs and Evin Einhardt tossed a complete game, as the 13th-ranked Bulldogs stayed alive with an 18-2 victory over Trinity Christian in the NAIA Championship Opening Round here at Silver Cross Field.
With the win Cumberland (40-18-1) advances to take on Mayville State at 6 p.m. on Friday in another elimination contest. The Bulldogs pounded out 24 hits and actually stranded 18 baserunners while scoring 18 runs in the victory.
CU scored in each of the first six innings, including a two-run homer from Daniel Harrison in the first inning that put the club ahead, 3-0, after an inning. The Bulldogs posted two more runs in the second, sixth in the third and four in the fourth to take complete control of the game.
Cory Urquhart recorded two hits, walked three times and scored four runs from the leadoff spot for Cumberland, while Monson had three hits and three runs scored and Justin Johnston posted two hits with two walks and scored five times.
Einhardt (1-2) did just what head coach Woody Hunt wanted, working through the first couple of innings and then pounding the strike zone once the Bulldogs got ahead. The righthander allowed two runs on eight hits with four walks and six strikeouts in the nine-inning effort.
Trinity Christian had at least one baserunner in every inning, but only one in four frames. Einhardt also induced a pair of doubleplays to erase runners in the middle innings.
Drew Chibe (5-4), the first of seven Trolls (25-24) hurlers, allowed eight runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings to suffer the loss.
The Bulldogs got off to a much better start than the previous day, scoring three times in the first inning.
Urquhart drew a leadoff walk for the second straight game, stole second and scored on a single to center from Monson. With two outs Harrison ripped a first-pitch fastball over the wall in rightfield, his third homer of the season, for a quick 3-0 edge for CU.
Cumberland added two more runs in the second after Johnston drew a one-out walk. Urquhart put down a nice bunt up the third base line and beat the throw. Johnston made a great heads-up play on the bases, taking third when no one was at the bag.
Seaton beat out an infield single, scoring a run, and he stole second. The ball got away into centerfield, allowing Urquhart to score for a 5-0 Bulldog lead after two innings.
The Trolls got on the board in the third when Peter Krygsheld singled to start, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single to center by Bill Miller, but the Bulldogs responded with six more runs in the bottom of the inning.
Anderson and Veras both singled with one out before an RBI single to rightcenter by Johnston. Urquhart singled through the left side, plating a run, and Seaton walked, loading the bases. Johnston came across on a passed ball before a two-run single to right by Monson, who went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Ross’ single to leftcenter.
In the fourth Johnston singled with one out and Urquhart walked before an RBI double by Seaton and then a two-run double from Monson. Ross singled to leftcenter again and Monson came across on Harrison’s single to rightcenter for a 15-1 advantage.
Johnston led off the fifth inning with a walk, Ryan Critchelow singled to left with one out and Nolan Gray walked, loading the bases. Chris Del Bianco’s line drive to centerfield plated a run for the Bulldogs.
Brandon Goodman and Bryan Haney both singled in the sixth for CU and Urquhart walked, loading the bases. Critchelow’s fre pass forced in a run before an RBI single by Gray plated the final run of the game for Cumberland.
Trinity Christian scored once more in the eighth when John Pikes singled up the middle and moved to second when the throw got away. He scored on a single to center by Mike Diebold.