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Bulldogs struggle in Florida

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Offensive woes continue to plaque the Cumberland baseball team as the Bulldogs squandered a couple of prime opportunities Monday in a pair of losses in the Sunshine State.

Coach Woody Hunt’s team left the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh innings, falling to Emrby-Riddle, 3-1 Monday evening, just hours after the 15th-ranked Bulldogs lost 6-2 to St. Xavier.

The Bulldogs (6-7) saw their losing streak stretch to five straight after Monday’s defeats.

The squad managed just 12 hits in the two games and struck out a dozen times as well as stranding 17 runners, including 10 in the 3-1 loss to Embry-Riddle.

Cumberland got two solid pitching performances, one from James Parker and another by Robert Post. Unfortunately Parker’s efforts came in relief in the loss to St. Xavier after CU starter Luke Whittaker failed to record an out in the top of the first.

Parker was superb in relief against the Cougars, tossing six hitless innings and walking just one with four strikeouts. He recorded 10 ground ball outs as well.

Post (1-1) allowed just three hits and was the victim of two Bulldog errors that allowed an unearned run in the fourth inning.

The righthander walked three and struck out five in six innings. Eric Spivey got the final three outs for CU against Embry-Riddle.

Sam Kikla and Matt Greener both collected three hits in the twinbill, including two apiece against the Eagles. The Bulldogs put the tying and winning runs on base in the sixth and seventh innings against ERU (13-6), only to bounce out in the sixth and then strikeout and ground out in the seventh, the latter ending the game.

In the opener St. Xavier (1-0) scored six times before an out was recorded, but did little afterwards.

The Bulldogs play the same two teams again Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Central Time.

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