February 08, 20141234567RHE
Missouri Baptist0002002451
Cumberland Univ.02100025112
Win: Smith (1-0) 2.002121
Loss: Chris Kenney (0-1) 3.052221
Trevin Craig (MBU14) 201010
Pier Dostaler (MBU14) 401200
Orlando Olivera (MBU14) 201020
Enrique Pagan (MBU14) 301000
Larry Schimza (MBU14) 411100
Byrd (CU) 423000
Veras (CU) 303200
CU walks off versus Missouri Baptist
Saturday, February 8, 2014
CU walks off versus Missouri Baptist
Richie Seaton continued his hot start to 2014 with a walk-off sac fly against Missouri Baptist. (Credit Steve Wampler)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senior Richie Seaton delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh inning as the Cumberland baseball team overcame a one-run deficit in its final at-bat to outlast Missouri Baptist on Saturday at Harrison Field on the campus of Faulkner University.

Junior Justin Byrd collected three hits and scored a pair of runs in the victory and redshirt senior Ricky Coleman went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.

After surrendering a one-run lead during a two-run top of the seventh, CU (2-1), acting as the home team at the neutral site, returned the favor in the bottom of the inning.

Byrd began the rally with a double down the right field line, and redshirt senior Sam Lind singled to left. Coleman tied the game with a ground ball to the first baseman, which kicked away leaving runners on first and second. Following a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Seaton came through with the game-ending hit.

The Bulldogs conducted a two-out rally in the bottom of the second. After a double-play cleared the bases, Tyler Anderson drew a walk and Seaton continued his hot start with a single. Josciel Veras completed the damage with a double to right-center field to bring home both runners and give CU a 2-0 advantage.

The two-out lightning struck again in the third inning as Ricky Coleman doubled home Justin Byrd, who reached on a bunt single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Missouri Baptist responded immediately in the top of the fourth, as Pier Oliver-Dostaler singled with two away and the bases loaded to cut the Spartans’ deficit to 3-2.

The score remained as such until the top of the seventh inning, as Missouri Baptist took its first lead of the contest. After a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt, Joseph Stropp delivered a sac fly to right field to tie the game. An error at shortstop plated a second run to give the Spartans a 4-3 advantage.

Junior Stevie Smith (1-0) grabbed the victory on the bump in two innings of relief work. Junior Clint Meadows started the contest, scattering five hits in five innings and allowing a pair of runs.

The Bulldogs will play a second contest Saturday against No. 1 Faulkner University, set to begin at 5 p.m.