Faulkner 7, Cumberland 4
MONTOGMERY, AL -- Five errors led to five unearned runs in a 7-4 loss to No. 1 Faulkner University at Harrison Field. Starter Anthony Gomez (0-1) allowed seven runs in just four innings of work, only two were earned. The senior struck out four and walked none in his first loss of the season.
The Eagles (5-2) pushed across four runs in the bottom of the second thanks to two errors and a wild pitch. Back-to-back singles started the inning before a fielding error plated the first two runs. Luis Sanchez knocked in another with a single, and a wild pitch brought home the fourth of the inning.
The Bulldogs (2-2) answered with three in the top of the third as sophomore Chris Hall tripled home a pair of runs.
Josciel Veras began the rally by reaching via an error and Tyler Alford followed with a walk to set up Hall. Justin Byrd followed with an RBI groundout and the Eagles’ lead shrunk from four to one.
Hall paced the Bulldogs on offense with a pair of hits, two runs scored and two RBI.
Cumberland 5, Missouri Baptist 4
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Senior Richie Seaton delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh inning as Cumberland overcame a one-run deficit in its final at-bat to top Missouri Baptist 5-4 Saturday at Harrison Field on the campus of Faulkner University.
Junior Justin Byrd collected three hits and scored a pair of runs in the victory and redshirt senior Ricky Coleman went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
After surrendering a one-run lead during a two-run top of the seventh, CU (2-1), acting as the home team at the neutral site, returned the favor in the bottom of the inning.
Byrd began the rally with a double down the right field line, and redshirt senior Sam Lind singled to left. Coleman tied the game with a ground ball to the first baseman, which kicked away leaving runners on first and second.
Following a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk, Seaton came through with the game-ending hit.
Junior Stevie Smith (1-0) grabbed the victory with two innings of relief work.
Junior Clint Meadows started, scattering five hits in five innings and allowing a pair of runs.
Season tickets on sale
Season tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Cumberland baseball season, with the Bulldogs playing 33 home games. Cost of season tickets is $50 per seat and the home schedule features games against four teams ranked or receiving votes in NAIA Preseason Top 25.
For season ticket information, please contact head coach Woody Hunt at 615-547-1366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.