LEBANON, Tenn. – Freshman Devin Stovall allowed just four hits and struck out six, working into the seventh inning, and Richie Seaton collected four hits while Jesse Bowman added three hits in No. 1 Cumberland’s 7-4 victory over Lindsey Wilson on Thursday in Columbia, Ky.
The Bulldogs (21-11) won their third straight contest after three consecutive losses, all in the last five days. Cumberland scored single runs in the second, third and fifth innings to take the lead and added a pair of runs in the eighth and ninth after the Blue Raiders (14-13) tied the game.
Stovall, a freshman from Scottsville, Ky., an hour’s drive from Columbia, worked into the seventh inning, four innings more than he had previously thrown this season. The righthander allowed four runs on four hits, walking four and striking out four before giving way to Matt Vance. Stovall was named the Music City Star of the Game for his efforts.
Vance, a redshirt senior, retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, earning the first save of his career. He walked one and struck out two to preserve the victory for CU.
Seaton, another freshman from Scarborough, Ontario, started his first game in the last five contests, made his presence felt, collected three singles and tripled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. He also stole a base, his fourth of the year.
Bowman is now 10-for-19 in five games after missing the first half of the season for disciplinary reasons. He doubled, scored a run and drove in another in CU’s 13-hit attack.
Cory Farris added two hits, two walks and one RBI, while T.J. Murphy and Mike Mandarino each scored twice for the Bulldogs.
Lindsey Wilson reliever Daniel Pulliam (2-2) took the loss, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with three strikeouts. LWC starter Lance Rose gave up three runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.
Lindsey Wilson scored a run in the first to take an early lead after Heath Barnes singled to leadoff, moved to second on a wild pitch, third on a sacrifice bunt from Kyle O’Hara and scored on an infield single by Jeff Kerian.
But the Bulldogs responded with single runs in the second and third innings to take the lead.
Mandarino reached on a throwing error by Barnes and Bowman singled to left before Farris walked, loading the bases. Jesse Coe’s sacrifice fly knotted the contest at one.
In the third Murphy and Greg Appleton both singled with one out and a fielder’s choice put runners on the corners. Murphy scored on a wild pitch for a 2-1 CU advantage.
Cumberland added another run in the fifth when Tommy Winegardner led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on Bowman’s two-out single down the leftfield line.
But the Blue Raiders tied the contest in the sixth, starting with a walk by Kerian and a fielder’s choice by Ryan Williams in which the Bulldogs did not record an out. Helms singled, loading the bases, before Newman’s two-run single to left tied the game at three.
Cumberland responded with two runs of its own in the seventh, as Mandarino reached on another throwing error by Barnes and Bowman doubled. Seaton’s two-out, two-run triple to rightcenter gave CU the lead for good, 5-3.
LWC cut the deficit to one in the bottom of the inning after pinch-hitter Seth Edmunds walked and Barnes was hit and the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch, chasing Stovall from the contest. O’Hara’s groundout plated a run, but Vance limited the damage, getting a fly out from Kerian and a line out by Williams to end the inning.
The Bulldogs plated two insurance runs in the eighth, starting with a walk to Murphy, who moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Mandarino’s single through the leftside. Mandarino went to second on a balk and Bowman reached on an error before Farris’ RBI single to center gave CU a 7-4 advantage.
Cumberland plays Ottawa University in a doubleheader at Noon on Saturday at Ernest L. Stockton Field. The Bulldogs will take on Georgetown College in a doubleheader next Wednesday and host Union University in a weekend series on April 1-2, all at home.