|March 15, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|St. Catharine Coll.||1||0||0||5||0||0||0||1||0||7||16||1|
|Win: Monroe (3-0)||5.0||6||1||1||1||4|
|Loss: Nelson (0-3)||4.0||8||9||9||3||2|
|March 15, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|St. Catharine Coll.||2||2||2||1||0||0||X||7||10||1|
|Win: Borkowski (4-1)||6.1||11||4||3||2||3|
|Loss: Meadows (3-2)||2.1||7||6||3||1||0|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Two big innings carried Cumberland to an 11-7 victory in the opener, with Marc Monroe tossing the final five innings for the victory, but St. Catharine College scored in each of the first four innings and won the series with a 7-4 win in game two on Saturday in in St. Catharine, Ky.
The Bulldogs (17-11, 4-5 Mid-South) dropped their second straight conference series, something last year’s club did not do at all en route to the regular season crown. CU split the twinbill despite stranding 22 runners in the two outings, including 10 in the seven-inning second contest.
Chris Hall and Tyler Anderson both collected two hits and three RBIs and Josciel Veras added three hits and scored twice in the opener, as Cumberland scored nine runs in the second and third innings to take the victory.
Monroe (3-0) allowed one run on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts in five innings of work. The righthander walked the first batter he faced but then retired nine of the next 11 before giving up three singles and a run in the eighth.
In the second game the Patriots (11-13, 4-5) plated two runs apiece in the first three innings and added another in the fourth, taking a commanding 7-1 advantage. The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the second inning and two each in the fourth and sixth innings as well.
Anderson and Brady North both posted three hits in the loss and North scored twice. Clint Meadows (3-2) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, three earned, on seven hits in 2.1 innings.
St. Catharine took an early lead in the first game when Alfredo Bohorquez led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole second and went to third when the throw got away. Francisco Gonzalez walked but was erased on a doubleplay, but the run scored on the ground ball for the Patriots.
The Bulldogs struck for five runs in the second inning, starting with a walk to Ricky Coleman. North was hit and Veras singled, loading the bases, before a two-run single through the right side by Anderson. Richie Seaton plated another run with a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 edge, but CU wasn’t done in the frame.
Tyler Alford walked and Chris Hall followed with an RBI infield single. Both runners moved up on the second balk of the inning for SCC starter Andrew Nelson and Justin Byrd’s groundout plated pinch-runner Zach Cole for a 5-1 advantage.
In the third Coleman led off with a single and went to second on a passed ball. Veras then singled, putting runners on the corners, before an RBI single to left by Anderson. Alford walked with one out, loading the bases, and Hall followed with a two-run single to right. SCC rightfielder Adrian Garcia booted the ball on the play, allowing all three runners to come across, giving Cumberland a 9-1 lead.
The Patriots got back into the game with a five-spot of their own in the fourth inning, as Danny Jimenez, Dominique Guevara and Harold Diaz all singled with one out, the last hit scoring a run. Drew Kissel was hit, loading the bases, and Bohorquez was also hit, forcing in a run.
Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly pushed across another run and the final two runs scored on an error by Veras at shortstop, cutting the Cumberland lead to 9-6.
St. Catharine added another run in the eighth with singles from pinch-hitter Tyler Devine, Bohorquez and Nick Rosso, making it a 9-7 game.
But the Bulldogs answered with two insurance runs in the ninth, starting with a two-out walk to Hall. Byrd also drew a free pass and Sam Lind singled up the middle, plating a run. Coleman’s RBI single through the right side scored the final run of the contest.
The Patriots struck first in the second game, with Rosso doubling with two outs and scoring on Garcia’s single to right. Ty Broady walked before an RBI single to left by Jimenez gave the home team a quick 2-0 advantage.
Cumberland got a run back in the second when North and Anderson began the inning with singles. After a groundout by Seaton, Will Henderson’s infield single plated a run, cutting the deficit in half.
But St. Catharine came right back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning, with Guevara singling to leadoff and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Diaz. Kissel singled to left, plating a run, and after an infield single from Bohorquez, pinch-runner Cody Kollenberg scored on an error by Meadows.
In the third Broady singled with one out and Jimenez was hit. Both runners moved up on a passed ball but with two outs, Diaz grounded to second, but Lind booted the play, allowing both runners to score for a 6-1 advantage.
Rosso singled with one out in the fourth and Garcia followed with a triple down the rightfield line, giving SCC a 7-1 lead.
The Bulldogs scored once in the sixth when Anderson led off with a single and Henderson reached on an error by Gonzalez at shortstop. Hall’s two-out single to left plated a run, but Byrd struck out to end the inning without any further damage.
In the seventh Lind led off with a single and North doubled two batters later, putting runners on second and third. Anderson singled up the middle, scoring one run, and Seaton’s fielder’s choice plated another, but Henderson grounded out to end the game with the tying run on deck.
Cumberland has no rest for the weary, as the Bulldogs take on third-ranked Embry-Riddle at home on Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday, also at 2 p.m.