Loser-out game is Wednesday morning
KINGSPORT -- Cumberland fell into the losers' bracket of the NAIA Opening Round tournament with a 5-2 loss to top-seeded Missouri Baptist Tuesday afternoon at Hunter Wright Stadium.
Now 41-19 on the season, the Bulldogs will play either Bryan College or Culver-Stockton Wednesday at 10 a.m. in a loser-out contest.
Trailing 1-0 after four innings, the Spartans pushed across two runs in the fifth, added a single run on a suicide squeeze in the sixth, then took control with two more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
"We just couldn't get the big hit early in the game," said CU head coach Woody Hunt, "we had opportunities in three different innings with pretty good hitters at the plate.
"Give credit to their guy (David Mullins), he pitched well. We had a 1-0 lead through four, but Missouri Baptist adjusted and did what they had to do."
Mullins went the distant for Missouri Baptist, scattering seven hits, striking out nine Bulldogs and walking one batter.
His opposite number, CU lefty Anthony Gomez, slipped to 5-4 on the season. He gave up eight hits in eight innings of work, walking two (one intentional), striking out five. He allowed only three earned runs, but was guilty of a balk in the fifth inning that put two runners in scoring position.
Tyler Anderson (homer and a single) and Chris Hall (two singles) were the only Bulldogs with two hits, while Ricky Coleman, Sam Lind, Justin Byrd and Bryan Haney all struck out twice against Mullins.
Josh Fuentes had two hits and two RBIs for the Spartans (47-12) and was the only MBU player with multiple hits.