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Cumberland Univ.001026X9112
Win: Smith (4-0) 1.011110
Loss: Velazquez (0-1) 1.056002
Coates (CLAR) 401100
Wingert (CLAR) 211010
McMullen (CLAR) 221010
Lind (CU) 222310
Coleman (CU) 312200
Anderson (CU) 402100
Big inning propels Bulldogs to 9-4 victory
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Big inning propels Bulldogs to 9-4 victory
Sam Lind knocked in three runs and scored a pair, as Cumberland defeated Clarke University on Wednesday. (Credit Steve Wampler)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sam Lind recorded two hits, knocked in three and scored twice, as Cumberland took advantage of a crucial error in the sixth inning, scoring six unearned runs to break open a tie ballgame en route to a 9-4 victory over Clarke University here Wednesday at Sliwa Stadium on the campus of Embry-Riddle.

Richie Seaton, Lind, Brady North, Josciel Veras and Tyler Anderson each delivered RBI hits in the inning which saw the six runs plated seven Bulldog hits.

Redshirt sophomore Jarrett Plunkett opened the inning with a one-out single, his first hit in a Cumberland (16-9) uniform. Bryan Haney followed with what would become the biggest play in the game, a lazy fly ball to right field. The ball was dropped and Plunkett ended up on third base, with Haney following on second.

Seaton delivered an RBI single and would be followed by six straight hits including a two-RBI double from Lind. When the dust settled, Cumberland enjoyed a 9-3 advantage.

Clarke (6-8) scored the first two runs of the contest without recording a hit off starting pitcher Garrett Treadwell. Two wild pitches and a balk led to a run in the second after Treadwell opened the inning with a leadoff walk.

In the third, the leadoff batter again walked and moved to second on a wild pitch, third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice bunt from Chris Hefner, handing the Crusaders a 2-0 advantage while still showing a zero in the hit column.

Cumberland cut the lead in half with some two-out lightning in the third as Ricky Coleman doubled to the left center field wall to score Sam Lind. Lind reached via a free pass and scored from first on the Coleman shot.

Clarke tacked on to its lead in the fifth with an unearned run off right-handed reliever Drew Chester. An error allowed Nate McMullen to reach and the Crusader left fielder moved to second on a groundout. Following a walk, Dillon Coates delivered a two-out RBI single to make it 3-1.

The Bulldogs returned the favor in the bottom of the frame with pair of runs to tie the game. Chris Hall set the table with a one-out single and Richie Seaton followed with a walk. The two moved up a base on a wild pitch, and Lind delivered an RBI single one pitch later. Coleman followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game headed to the sixth.

Trailing 9-3, Clarke added a run on an RBI fielder’s choice from Hefner to bring the contest to its final score of 9-4. Junior right hander Stevie Smith earned his fourth victory of the season after working a scoreless sixth inning to become the pitcher of record.

Cumberland returns to action over the weekend with a Mid-South Conference battle at St. Catharine College. The three-game road set is slated to begin Friday at noon. The two will tack on a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.