Eight Bulldogs voted All-Mid-South Conference
Monday, May 5, 2014
Eight Bulldogs voted All-Mid-South Conference
Senior Anthony Gomez was one of eight Cumberland players voted All-Mid-South Conference heading into the conference tournament. (Credit Steve Wampler)

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Sam Lind, Chris Hall, Ricky Coleman and Anthony Gomez were all voted First Team All-Mid-South Conference and Brady North, Josciel Veras, Tyler Anderson and Jake Collier were all named Second Team All-MSC in a vote of league coaches released late Sunday night by the league office.

Hall continues to be a model of consistency in the leadoff spot for the Bulldogs, batting .428 overall with 35 walks and 11 hit by pitches for a team-best .535 on-base percentage. The Lebanon, Tenn., native leads the club with 25 multi-hit games as well as batting average this season heading into the Mid-South Conference Championships and has 10 doubles, two triples, 29 RBIs and 54 runs scored.

He is tied for second on the club in runs scored and ranks second in walks and second in stolen bases (11). Hall ranks 11th nationally in hits (77) and 15th in batting average.

Coleman has been one of the club’s most productive players all season whether batting in the cleanup spot or in the No. 2 position. The Nashville, Tenn., native leads the team with 16 doubles while ranking eighth nationally with 60 runs scored. He also ranks second on the club with 45 RBIs, accounting for 105 runs heading into the Mid-South Conference Championships.

He ranks second on the club with 23 multi-hit and 12 multi-RBI contests. For the season Coleman is batting .394, third best on the squad, with three homers, 26 walks and eight stolen bases in 53 games.

Lind ranks fourth nationally in hits (83) and RBIs (63) and sixth in total bases (129) while batting .406. He is tied for second on the club with 23 multi-hit outings and leads the Bulldogs with 15 multi-RBI games this season while posting 13 doubles, two triples, a team-leading 10 home runs and 51 runs scored in 53 contests.

The Hartford, S.D., native put together an incredible month of baseball over a 19-game stretch from March 8-April 4, batting .571 (44-for-77) with seven doubles, five homers, 34 RBIs and 25 runs scored as well as 10 walks and just six strikeouts. He posted 15 multi-hit outings and hit safely in 17 of the 19 contests.

Gomez registered his fifth victory of the season with seven strong innings last weekend versus the University of Rio Grande, allowing just one earned run on four hits. He walked one and struck out nine, retiring 12 of the first 14 batters of the game and 13 of the final 16 of the contest. The lefthander lowered his ERA to 2.20 for the year in 82.0 innings of work and continues to lead the Mid-South Conference with 86 strikeouts.

The Norwalk, Calif., native has six no-decisions this season despite eight quality starts (six innings pitched, less than three runs allowed) in 14 appearances (12 starts). Five of six no-decisions came in one-run games.

Collier has posted a 6-3 mark with a team-best 1.67 ERA in 75.1 innings of work, striking out 44 with 22 walks. Opponents are batting .227 against him. He ranks 20th nationally and second in the Mid-South Conference in ERA. He tossed 7.1 no-hit innings at Bluefield College two weeks ago, facing just one batter over the minimum in the first seven innings.

The Bellevue, Wash., native induced 17 ground balls, did not walk a batter and struck out three in his third nine-inning complete game in four starts last week versus Rio Grande. The righthander has given up just five earned runs in the last 37.0 innings since March 30 with victories over Lindsey Wilson, the University of the Cumberlands, the University of Pikeville, Bluefield and Rio Grande.

Veras returned to the lineup a month ago after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury and has found his hitting stroke since returning to the diamond, batting .390 (16-for-41) over the last 11 contests with three doubles, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native posted four hits in the series against the University of Pikeville, including a three-run homer and two runs scored in the final game of the series.

He was 5-for-13 at Bluefield College with three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored and recorded two hits in all three games of the series last weekend against the University of Rio Grande, driving in five runs. Overall Veras is hitting .324 this season with nine doubles, two homers, 31 RBIs and 63 runs scored in 42 games.

Senior Tyler Anderson’s offensive production has been up-and-down all season, but he has posted several big hits during the campaign, doubling in all three games at Bluefield College two weekends ago. The Cocoa, Fla., native batted .444 (12-for-27) over an eight-game stretch from April 4-16, going 3-for-4 with a career-best six RBIs against the University of the Cumberlands.

He added a two-out, RBI single in the ninth inning that tied the game at Tennessee Wesleyan on March 25, a contest CU won in 14 innings. Anderson also shifted nicely to shortstop with the March injury to Veras, making just one error in 139 chances over the last 27 outings. For the season he is batting .292 with 11 doubles, 33 RBIs and 25 runs scored in 48 games.

North has reached base in 45 consecutive games heading into the Mid-South Conference Championships. The streak has been aided by a team-best 38 walks, and the Tampa, Fla., native has 11 multi-hit and 10 multi-RBI games this season. The first baseman is batting .310 (27-for-87) with three doubles, five homers, 22 RBIs and 13 runs scored with 20 walks since moving into the cleanup spot in mid-March. North is batting .302 overall this season with nine doubles, nine home runs, 45 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

First Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Armandao Lomeli, Georgetown College
C – Ty Lundgren, Bluefield College
1B – Martin Lemus, Georgetown College
2B – Sam Lind, Cumberland Univ.
3B – Mitchell Osnowitz, Lindsey Wilson
SS – Tyler Timmer, Bluefield College
UT – Ricky Coleman, Cumberland Univ.
OF – Tyler Coker, Georgetown College
OF – Hibraim Cordova, Univ. of the Cumberlands
OF – Chris Hall, Cumberland Univ.
OF – Todd Queener, Shawnee State
DH – Carlos Torres, Campbellsville Univ.
P – Tyler Arthur, Georgetown College
P – Anthony Gomez, Cumberland Univ.
P – Derek Moore, Shawnee State
P – John Werner, St. Catharine College
RP – Craig Ramsey, Georgetown College
EXTRA – Anthony Webster, Univ. of the Cumberlands

Second Team All-Mid-South Conference
C – Dustin Bickmeyer, Shawnee State
C – Cody Chagnon, Univ. of Pikeville
1B – Brady North, Cumberland Univ.
2B – Alfredo Bohorquez, St. Catharine College
3B – Dan Katayama, Shawnee State
3B – Jared Martin, Univ. of the Cumberlands
SS – Tyler Anderson, Cumberland Univ.
SS – Steven Mancilla, Georgetown College
UT – Claudio Valencia, Univ. of the Cumberlands
OF – Jeandro Ancino, Lindsey Wilson
OF – Marcus Makuch, Univ. of Rio Grande
OF – Nick Russo, St. Catharine College
OF – Jacob Russell, Campbellsville Univ.
DH – Josciel Veras, Cumberland Univ.
P – Brian Barry, Georgetown College
P – Jake Collier, Cumberland Univ.
P – Ryan Shockey, Bluefield College
P – David Steele, Univ. of Rio Grande
RP – Jake McCoy, St. Catharine College
EXTRA – England Smith, Lindsey Wilson

Player of the Year: Martin Lemus, Georgetown College
Pitcher of the Year: Derek Moore, Shawnee State
Freshman of the Year: Derek Moore, Shawnee State
Coach of the Year: Micah Baumfield, Georgetown College
Champions of Character: Chris Hall, Cumberland Univ.