MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Cumberland could not overcome five errors Saturday evening, as the Bulldogs allowed five unearned runs en route to a 7-4 loss to No. 1 Faulkner University in baseball action here at Harrison Field.
Starting pitcher Anthony Gomez (0-1) allowed seven runs in four innings of work, though just two of the runs were earned. The senior struck out four and walked none in his first loss of the season.
The bottom of the second seemed never-ending as four runs came across for the Eagles (5-2) thanks, in part, to two errors and a wild pitch. Back-to-back singles started the inning before a fielding error plated the first two runs. Luis Sanchez knocked in another with a single, and a wild pitch brought home the fourth of the inning.
Cumberland (2-2) answered with a crooked number of their own in the top of the third as Chris Hall tripled home a pair of runs. Josciel Veras began the rally by reaching via an error and Tyler Alford followed with a walk to set up Hall. Justin Byrd followed with an RBI groundout and the Eagles’ lead shrunk from four to one.
Faulkner extended the lead in the bottom of the fourth as Robert Llera doubled to the right-center field wall to plate a pair of runners. Another error put runners on first and third and Michael Cruz capitalized with an RBI single to give the Eagles a 7-3 advantage.
The Bulldogs got one back in the sixth thanks to a pair of mistakes by Faulkner. Chris Hall singled to center and advanced all the way to third thanks to an errant throw that bounced into the Faulkner dugout. He scored one pitch later as a wild pitch escaped the grasp of the catcher.
Cumberland will take on Union University at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium on Tuesday for the ball clubs home opener. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.