Ricky Coleman drives in five runs
COLUMBIA, Ky. – Kevin P. Greene scattered seven hits in seven innings of relief and Ricky Coleman collected three hits and drove in five runs, as Cumberland rallied twice in the game in a 10-7 victory over host Lindsey Wilson in the first game of the Mid-South Conference Championships Sunday at Egnew Park.
The Bulldogs (37-17) advance to a 1 p.m. contest on Monday and will face the winner of Sunday’s second game between St. Catharine College and Bluefield College.
Coleman hit a two-run homer in the second inning, had an RBI double in the fourth and then a two-run double in the eighth that plated the go-ahead runs. The redshirt senior from Nashville also scored three times in the contest, helping CU overcome 2-0 and 7-3 deficits after the first two innings.
Greene (7-1) worked around the seven hits as well as two walks but only two Lindsey Wilson (26-28) runners reached third base. The righthander retired the side in order just once but did exactly what the Bulldogs needed, keeping the game in reach so his club to make a comeback. He struck out three for just his second victory since March 25.
Sam Lind and Richie Seaton each added three hits and Seaton scored three times, including the game-winning run in the eighth inning on Coleman’s double. Chris Hall scored twice and Justin Byrd drove in two runs as well for the Bulldogs.
Trey Davis finished with three hits and two RBIs for the Blue Raiders, who play again Sunday against the loser of Sunday’s second game. Mitchel Osnowitz hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Derek Shugart posted two hits but lined out to centerfield with two runners on base to end the contest.
Neither starter factored into the decision, with CU’s Anthony Gomez lasting just two innings, allowing seven runs, two earned, on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. LWC’s England Smith gave up seven runs on eight hits in five innings, walking four with two strikeouts.
Jason Turner (6-5) suffered the loss for Lindsey Wilson, allowing three runs on four hits in three innings of work.