COLUMBIA, Ky. – Sam Lind homered twice, including a grand slam, Bryan Haney added a three-run shot and Jake Collier tossed a five-hit shutout, striking out nine in a 12-0 victory over St. Catharine College on Monday here at Egnew Park in the Mid-South Conference Championships.
The Bulldogs (38-17) advance to the winner’s bracket final to face third-ranked Georgetown College on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Collier (7-3) allowed just eight baserunners in his third complete game shutout of the year, posting his sixth straight win in six consecutive outings, five of those starts. The righthander had just two baserunners in an inning twice, working around a double and a hit batter in the fifth and a walk and a single in the sixth.
He has given up just five earned runs over his last 44.0 innings of work with a shutout of the University of the Cumberlands and one run each versus the University of Pikeville and Bluefield College.
Haney’s three-run shot down the leftfield line in the second inning put the Bulldogs ahead, 4-0, more than enough for Collier. Lind added an odd inside-the-park homer in the fifth and then a grand slam in the eighth for five RBIs.
Chris Hall posted two hits with a double and a triple and scored twice, while Josciel Veras added three hits. Tyler Anderson walked three times and scored twice and Richie Seaton posted a single and two runs scored as well.
St. Catharine starter Andrew Nelson (3-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 5.2 innings. The lefthander walked two and struck out four.
The Bulldogs got on the board quickly, with Hall tripling to leftcenter to leadoff the game. Ricky Coleman’s groundout gave CU a 1-0 edge after a half-inning.
Justin Byrd and Anderson both singled with one out in the second and Haney helped the cause with his first career home run, a two-out, three-run shot down the leftfield line for a 4-0 CU advantage.
In the fifth Lind doubled to leftcenter and outfielders Nick Rosso and Harold Diaz put their hands up to indicate the ball had lodged under the fence. The second base umpire headed to the outfield but time was never called. The outfielders then changed their minds, dug the ball out and play continued.
Lind stopped briefly at second base but continued running and ended up with an inside-the-park homer, his 11th of the year.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the seventh after leadoff walks to Anderson and Seaton. Hall lined a ball into leftfield and Diaz dove, but the ball skipped past the leftfielder, all the way to the wall, allowing both runners to score and extend the lead to 7-0.
Cumberland plated five more runs in the eighth with just one hit, as Anderson drew a leadoff walk and Seaton reached on an error. Pinch-runner Zach Cole scored on a passed ball before Haney walked and Hall was hit, loading the bases.
Two batters later Lind lifted a high fly ball to left that carried and carried and carried all the way over the wall, his second of the game and 12th of the year, extending the advantage to 12-0.