LEWISTON, ID -- Jake Collier threw a complete game four-hitter as 23rd-ranked Cumberland opened the 58th annual Avista-NAIA World Series with a 10-1 victory over No. 8 San Diego Christian late Friday night at Harris Field.
With the win, the Bulldogs (45-19) advanced to play second-ranked and tournament host Lewis-Clark State Saturday in a winner’s bracket game.
Collier (9-3) dominated the Hawks, throwing his sixth complete game in seven starts. He struck out seven and walked four.
"Once again, Jake was outstanding," said Cumberland coach Woody Hunt. "That guy just knows how to pitch. He got ahead in the count and kept them off-balance all night."
Cumberland got off to a great start, scoring three times in the first inning and twice more in the second, which was more than enough for Collier.
Sam Lind and Brady North each posted two-run doubles and Tyler Anderson added three hits as the Bulldogs pounded out 11 hits of SDCC pitching. Ricky Coleman and North each posted two hits while Lind and Justin Byrd each scored twice for CU.
The Hawks (42-19) loaded the bases in the second inning but Peter Hoyt flied out to end the threat. SDCC also had three runners thrown out on the base paths, with Bryan Haney picking off a runner at first base and nailing the trail runner at second on a ball in the dirt. Another runner was caught stealing as well, ending threats for San Diego Christian in the first five innings of the contest.
SDCC starter Gabriel Hemmer (13-4) suffered the loss, giving up five earned runs on six hits in five innings. The righthander walked five and struck out eight, struggling with control for much of the game.