LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland scored seven runs in three innings, including a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth from Daniel Harrison, but ran out of daylight, tying Freed-Hardeman 8-8 in 10 innings on Wednesday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
Harrison collected two hits and three RBIs and Robert Gonzalez and Brodie Ross each drove in a pair of runs, as Cumberland erased an 8-1 deficit to tie the contest and send it to extra innings before darkness halted the game. CU collected 10 of its 13 hits in the final four innings, making up for a sloppy beginning that included four errors, all in the first five innings.
Pinch-runner Chris Del Bianco scored on a two-out single by Cory Urquhart in the seventh for the Bulldogs and CU added four runs in the eighth, including an RBI single from Ross, a sacrifice fly by Harrison and a two-run double from Gonzalez.
In the ninth the Bulldogs loaded the bases with an error and singles by Tyler Anderson and Richie Seaton before Harrison’s two-out, two-run single, plating Josciel Veras and pinch-runner Ryan Critchelow.
Gonzalez led off with 10th inning with a double for Cumberland but was caught in a run-down on a ground ball back to the mound, essentially ending the day for the two teams.
Freed-Hardeman’s top four hitters in the lineup – Kyle Dearing, Connor Kohlscheen, Ryan Huber and Justin Mackey – reached base a combined 10 times in the first three times through the lineup. Kohlscheen finished with three hits and Dearing added two hits and two runs scored from his leadoff position.
Jake Collier allowed seven runs, two earned, in 4.1 innings in the start for the Bulldogs, while four relievers gave up just one run on six hits. Matthew Sedgwick, Garrett Treadwell and Jesse Coe combined to toss three hitless frames with one walk and one strikeout.
It was just the opposite for Freed-Hardeman, with starter Greg Young tossing six innings and giving up no earned runs on three hits with two walks. But the Lions bullpen allowed seven runs on 10 hits in four innings.
The Lions scored twice in the first on three hits, as Dearing and Kohlscheen both singled to leadoff before Huber singled off the glove of Urquhart into centerfield, plating a run. After a walk loaded the bases, Bob Seda’s groundout scored another run for a quick 2-0 edge for FHU.
In the second inning Dearing walked with two outs, went to second on a balk and scored after Kohlscheen reached on an infield single and the throw got away at first base.
The Bulldogs got on the board in the bottom of the inning thanks to a pair of errors. Craig Monson reached on an error, went to third on a single by Seaton and scored on a sacrifice fly from Ross.
Freed-Hardeman scored four more runs in the fifth on three hits and two more errors by the Bulldogs.
Dearing led off with a single and Kohlscheen walked before Huber bunted, but Monson’s throw to third was low, loading the bases. Dearing scored on a wild pitch and Mackey grounded to third, but Anderson dropped the throw in a run-down and then interfered with the runner, allowing Kohlscheen to score.
Joe Mike plated a run later in the inning with a groundout and Jake Todd’s bloop single down the rightfield line scored another for a 7-1 Lions advantage.
In the seventh Mike singled with one out and Ryan Grigaitis singled with two outs before a pinch-hit double down the rightfield line by Seth Brothers pushed another run across for the visitors.
Cumberland scored once in the seventh, starting with a two-out single by Tyler Alford. Pinch-runner Chris Del Bianco went to second on a wild pitch and Gonzalez walked before Urquhart plated the run with a single to left.
In the eighth Monson led off with a double down the leftfield line and pinch-hitter Ian Huss walked with one out. Ross’ single to left scored a run and the two runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch before a line out to center by Harrison plated another run. Alford singled to left with two outs, setting up Gonzalez’s two-run double to right, cutting the Lions lead to 8-6.
Veras reached to leadoff the ninth for CU, right between the legs of Mike at first base, and Anderson and Seaton both singled, loading the bases. With two outs Harrison singled to right, plating two runs, including Critchelow, who slid in under the tag.
Cumberland hosts Union University and Indiana University-Southeast this weekend. The Bulldogs play at 11 a.m. at Ernest L. Stockton Field and 5 p.m. at Veterans Field each day.