LEBANON, Tenn. – Tyler Latham’s grand slam in the eighth inning tied the game and Andrew Smith’s RBI single in the 10th gave the homestanding Lions an 11-10 victory over Cumberland on Wednesday afternoon at Senter Field in Dayton, Tenn.
The Bulldogs (8-5-1) scored six runs in the seventh inning to take a 10-6 lead, but Latham’s grand slam tied the game at 10. Latham singled to start the 10th inning and scored the game-winning run on Smith’s one-out single down the rightfield line.
Latham, Jess Cartner and Smith each finished with three hits for Bryan (11-4), with Cartner driving in three runs and Latham scoring three times. The contest featured 29 hits and four errors as well as 13 walks and three hit batters by the two teams.
Cory Urquhart led the Bulldogs at the plate, collecting two hits and three RBIs while Brodie Ross hit the team’s first home run of the season and added another hit with two runs scored and two RBIs. Justin Johnston also posted two hits for CU.
Leo Sierra (0-1), the fifth of six Cumberland pitchers, took the loss, allowing a single to the only batter he faced – Latham to start the 10th inning. CU starter Nick Conley worked 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits.
Kenny Knudsen (2-0) got the win for the Lions, tossing two hitless frames with two strikeouts. He was the fifth hurler of the game for Bryan.
Cumberland got an early lead with a run in the second after Tyler Alford reached on a throwing error by shortstop Grant Zawadski. Pinch-runner Chris Hall stole second and scored on an infield single by Ross.
Cartner homered to right with one out in the bottom of the inning, tying the contest at one.
The Bulldogs scored again in the third when Johnston walked with one out and Urquhart singled to rightcenter. Both runners moved up when Chris Jeffries booted the ball in the outfield and Johnston scored on Craig Monson’s single through the right side.
The Lions tied the game in the bottom of the inning again, as Joey Underwood led off with a single and moved to second on a bunt by Jeffries. Underwood went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Kevin Layne’s single through the right side.
CU plated another single run in the fourth after Chris Del Bianco reached on an error by third baseman Underwood, but Del Bianco was picked off. Robert Gonzalez then doubled and Johnston followed with an RBI single for a 3-2 edge.
Bryan took the lead with three runs in the fifth, starting with singles from Jeffries and Zawadski and Latham was hit, loading the bases. Cartner’s single to center scored two runs and chased Conley from the contest. With two outs Smith singled to right, giving the Lions a 5-3 advantage.
Ross’ solo homer to left to leadoff the sixth cut the deficit to one, but the Lions scored again in the bottom of the inning. Jeffries doubled with one out and scored on a two-out single to left by Zawadski.
But the Bulldogs broke open the contest with six runs in the seventh, sending 11 batters to the plate.
Monson began the frame with a single to center, went to second on a balk and scored on Alford’s single down the leftfield line. Tyler Anderson singled and Ross walked, loading the bases, before an RBI single by Del Bianco.
Gonzalez drew a free pass, forcing in a run, and Urquhart cleared the bases with a double to leftcenter for a 10-6 CU lead.
In the eighth Jesse Coe walked Underwood and Layne and Zawadski singled to left, loading the bases for Latham, who hit a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left for his third home run of the season.
In the 10th inning Latham singled and Cody Rhinehart was hit before the single from Smith ended the contest.
Cumberland travels to Williamsburg, Ky., this weekend for a three-game series against the University of the Cumberlands. The two teams play a single game Friday at Noon Central Time and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. Central.