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Bulldogs down Bethel 4-2

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Cumberland scored all four runs in the bottom of the inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from Daniel Harrison, an RBI single by Richie Seaton and Andersons two-run double into the leftfield corner. Five of CUs nine hits in the contest came in that inning and the club had just one other good scoring chance, putting runners on first and third with no outs but failed to score after Hunter Bartlett was thrown out at the plate on a bunt by Chris Hall.Bethel starter Blake Chandler (2-2) took the loss, giving up four runs on nine hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out two and kept the Bulldogs in check except for the one inning. Michael Brasili and Brett Adams paced the Wildcats (11-11) attack with two hits apiece.


The Wildcats scored first in the game thanks to a pair of hit batters and a walk in the fourth inning.


With two outs Brasili walked and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches by Matthew Sedgwick. Taylor Follis was hit, putting runners on first and third for Brett Adams, who dumped a single down the leftfield line for a 1-0 Bethel lead. Sedgwick hit another batter in the inning before Collier got the final out of the inning.The Bulldogs answered with four runs on five hits in the bottom of the frame, starting with singles from Hall and Craig Monson. A sacrifice bunt by Ross turned into an infield single when it got past the Chandler, loading the bases.Harrisons sacrifice fly tied the game before an RBI single to right by Seaton put the Bulldogs ahead, 2-1. Anderson then ripped a two-run double down the leftfield line for a 4-1 edge.Bethel threatened in the fifth after a leadoff walk to Tyler Roberson, who went to second on a sacrifice by Brian Ferrell and third on a wild pitch. Tyler Murphy hit a chopper up the middle, but Collier snagged the ball and caught Roberson in a run-down, ending the threat.Brasili led off the sixth with a single, but a nice turn at second base by Cory Urquhart helped complete a 4-6-3 doubleplay.


The Wildcats cut into the lead with a run in the seventh, starting with a leadoff double by Lance Jarreld. Roberson reached on an error by third baseman Anderson, putting runners on the corners, and a groundout by Ferrell plated a run. But Murphy grounded out and Martin Key flied out, ending the inning with the Bulldogs still leading 4-2.In the ninth Monson walked the leadoff batter, pinch-hitter David Gardner, and also issued a free pass to Ferrell with two outs, but Murphy grounded out to end the game.Cumberland hosts St. Catharine College this weekend in a three-game series, with Fridays single game starting at 2 p.m. and Saturdays doubleheader beginning at Noon.


The Bulldogs play 12 straight games on the road after Saturday before returning home April 12.


ON TUESDAY-- Cumberlands Nick Conley allowed just three hits in a complete game in the opener but 9-ranked Faulkner scored in the final four innings of the second game, as the Bulldogs split a doubleheader Tuesday, March 19 winning 5-1 before falling 8-4 against the Eagles at Stockton Field.Conley allowed just an unearned run with three walks against the Eagles, who entered the game batting .330 as a team this season. The righthander retired 16 of the final 19 batters of the game after giving up a pair of walks in the second inning. It tied for the longest outing of his career after going seven innings earlier this season against Auburn Montgomery.


Richie Seaton drove in a pair of runs for the Bulldogs (18-10-1) in the opener and Seaton and Chris Hall each collected a pair of hits in the contest. Daniel Harrison posted three hits and two RBIs and Tyler Alford added a two-run homer in the second game, as CU scored four times in the final inning and nearly got the tying run to the plate after trailing 8-0.Mitch Rainer (0-1) took the loss in the second game, giving up seven runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He walked three and struck out three in his first appearance since February 9.The Eagles (25-7) scored in the first inning in the opener, as Brook Boudreaux singled to leadoff the game and stole second. He went to third on a line drive by Zak Colby and scored on an error by shortstop Cory Urquhart on a ground ball off the bat of Michael Cruz.


The Bulldogs tied the game in the bottom of the inning after Hall tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch.


In the fourth Seaton singled and went to second on a sacrifice by Alford. Seaton moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield single by Justin Johnston.Cumberland added two more runs in the fifth when Craig Monson doubled with one out and Brodie Ross was hit. With two outs Seaton doubled down to rightfield, plating both runners for a 4-1 edge.CU plated another run in the sixth, starting with a two-out single by Urquhart, who went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Halls single to center for the final run.The second game was scoreless until the fourth when Faulkner struck for three runs.


Boudreaux was hit to leadoff the inning and stole second but was gunned down trying to take third. Colby then walked and Cruz singled, putting runners on the corners, before an RBI double by Sergio Sanchez. Ethan Williams followed with a two-run double for a 3-0 Eagles lead.In the fifth Boudreaux singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a single by Cruz.


Sanchez walked with one out in the Faulkner sixth inning and pinch-runner Antonio Kendrick stole second. Williams walked as well and David Bishop doubled home two runs, chasing Rainer from the game. Dauris Holguins two-out RBI single gave the Eagles a 7-0 advantage. Colby singled with one out in the seventh and later scored on a single to center by Sanchez.


The Bulldogs mounted a comeback in the bottom of the inning, starting when Seaton reached on an error. Tyler Anderson singled and Harrison followed with a two-run double. Alford then belted his two-run blast, the second of the year for the sophomore catcher.


With two outs Hall singled and Monson walked, but Ross grounded out to end the game.


Cumberland takes on Bethel University at home on Wednesday at 3 p.m. before hosting St. Catharine College in a three-game this weekend.

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