|March 17, 2014||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Smith (5-0)||9.0||6||0||0||1||4|
|Loss: Wagner (1-2)||6.0||7||4||4||6||3|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Stevie Smith scattered six hits in a complete game shutout and Sam Lind collected three hits and scored twice in 10th-ranked Cumberland’s 4-0 victory over No. 3 Embry-Riddle here Monday at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium.
The Bulldogs (18-11) were short on pitching heading into the day and gave Smith, who had 10 previous appearances this season out of the bullpen, his first start of the year. The righthander did everything the club could have asked for, walking one and hitting one but striking out four.
Smith induced a pair of ground ball doubleplays and worked around one error by the Cumberland defense, but only one Embry-Riddle (18-12) runner reached third base.
Tyler Anderson’s two-run single in the third inning put the Bulldogs ahead, with CU taking advantage of a pair of two-out walks after a triple from Lind.
Lind and Ricky Coleman both singled and Brady North walked before an RBI groundout from Anderson in the fifth inning, giving Cumberland a 3-0 advantage.
Chris Hall and Justin Byrd both drew free passes in the sixth and Lind plated the final run of the game with an RBI single to right.
ERAU starter Clayton Wagner (1-2) struggled with control, allowing four runs on seven hits, but the lefthander walked six and struck out three in six-plus innings.
Cumberland and Embry-Riddle play again Tuesday at 2 p.m. and the Bulldogs host Oklahoma Wesleyan on Wednesday at 2 p.m. as well.
The Bulldogs missed a chance to score in the first inning when Hall was hit to leadoff and Byrd followed with a single to left, but Lind flied out to center and Byrd was thrown out on the backside of a double steal. Coleman drew a two-out walk but North flied out to left, ending the threat for the home team.
ERAU got one-out singles from Kyle Buchanan and Jake Cavendar in the third, executing the hit-and-run with Cavendar, but after an eight-pitch battle, Jordan Johnson bounced into an inning-ending 6-4-3 doubleplay and the game remained scoreless.
Cumberland got on the board in the bottom of the inning thanks to some wildness from Wagner.
With two outs Lind hammered a line drive to dead center, just off the glove of a diving Buchanan at the base of the wall, and Coleman and North followed with free passes, as Wagner throw eight balls in nine pitches. Anderson took a 2-1 pitch back through the middle for a two-run single and a 2-0 CU advantage through three complete.
Darryl Knight singled with one out for the Eagles in fourth inning and J. Rhett Montana reached on a throwing error by Coleman at third base, but Liam Goodall lined out to rightcenter and Montana was picked off to end the inning.
Cumberland added a run in the fifth when Lind and Coleman both singled with one out and North walked, loading the bases. Anderson grounded slowly to second and beat the relay for the doubleplay, allowing Lind to score for a 3-0 edge.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the sixth thanks to some more wildness from Wagner, who walked Hall and Byrd with two outs. Lind rapped his third hit of the day, this one to rightfield, plating Hall for a 4-0 lead.
Embry-Riddle’s only other real threat came in the seventh inning when Montana drew a leadoff walk and Hunter Bruehl doubled just inside the first base bag with two outs, but Buchanan struck out to end the inning and the threat.