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CU eliminated in 10 innings

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Judsons Josh Raymond led off the 10th with a single and Mark DeYoung followed with an RBI double to plate the game-winner for the Eagles.

"We played as hard as we could play," said CU coach Woody Hunt, "we had opportunites to win it and we didn't. You've got to give credit to Judson, they're a really good ball club -- they've improved as much as any team I've seen since March."

Cumberland (41-19-1) stranded 11 baserunners in the game two each in the fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings and finished the game just 3-of-10 with runners in scoring position.

Ross finished 3-for-4 with a walk and one RBI in the contest, while shortstop Cory Urquhart had two hits and scored twice.

Junior Kevin P. Greene turned in a stellar performance out of the bullpen in relief of starter Jake Collier. Greene (4-3) worked five innings and allowed six hits, walked four, struck out two and allowed one earned run to take the loss.

"Kevin threw well ad I hope he can build on this for the summer and next year," Hunt said, "he could be a really good pitcher for us. He's a competitor and he throws strikes."

Judson moves on to a Saturday afternoon game vs. York (NE) needing two wins to advance to the AVISTA / NAIA World Series in Lewiston, ID.

CU 6, Mayville State 5 --JOLIET, ILL -- Cumberland starter Anthony Gomez was pressed into action as a reliever and responded in grand fashion, leading the Bulldogs to a 6-5 victory over Mayville State Friday night in the NAIA Opening Round at Silver Cross Field.

Gomez (11-1) worked six innings of one-hit relief, allowing just one earned run with four strikeouts and four walks. He was Cumberland's third pitcher of the night -- taking over for starter Nick Conley and reliever Kevin P. Greene.

"I felt like starting Conley would give us the best chance to win the whole tournament, but it just didn't work out," said CU coach Woody Hunt. "Gomez came in there and shut the door."

13th-ranked Cumberland scored twice in the bottom of the first, only to see Mayville counter with a run in the second and two more in the third for a 4-2 lead.

Gomez settled things down as the junior lefty blanked Mayville in five of his six innings on the mound.

Richie Seaton drove in a pair of runs with a single and his second homerun of the season. Justin Johnston added a two-run double while Tyler Anderson had a pair of hits and drove in a run.

Victor Sokolofsky (7-1) took the loss for Mayville State, allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings. The righthander walked three and struck out two. The loss eliminated the Comets (35-8-1) from the tournament.

Cumberland (41-18-1) will be back in action Saturday at 11 a.m. against Judson University in an 11 a.m. "loser-out" game. The Eagles put CU into the losers bracket with a 7-4 triumph on Thursday in the first game of the tournament for both clubs.

Live radio coverage begins at 10:40 am.m on WANT FM-98.9.

CU 18, Trinity College 2 --JOLIET, ILL -- Thirteen Cumberland hitters accounted for 24 hits off seven different pitchers in Friday's 18-2 victory over Trinity Christian in the loser's bracket of the NAIA Championships Opening Round at Silver Cross Field.

"They were struggling with their pitching and we got some early runs, kind of set the tone," said Bulldog coach Woody Hunt.

First baseman Carig Monson went 3-for-3, driving in five runs and Tyler Anderson had four hits to pace the Cumberland attack. Lebanon native Daniel Harrison drilled a two-run homer in the first inning -- his third round-tripper of the season.

"Daniel hit his ball pretty good," Hunt said, "the wind was blowing in a little and that got us rolling."

CU scored in each of the first six innings. Cumberland posted two more runs in the second, sixth in the third and four in the fourth to take complete control of the game.

Cory Urquhart recorded two hits, walked three times and scored four runs from the leadoff spot for CU, while Justin Johnston posted two hits with two walks and scored five times.

Evin Einhardt (1-2) went the distance for the pitching decision, scattering eight hits, striking out six and walking four. He allowed one earned run while throwing 133 pitches.

"Evin threw well, threw the ball pretty hard," Hunt said, "he gave us a complete game, allowing us to throw (Anthony) Gomez tonight against Mayville."

CU FALLS TO JUDSON 7-4JOLIET, Ill. -- Judson University took advantage of five Cumberland errors in a 7-4 victory over the 13th-ranked Bulldogs Thursday in the first game of the NAIA Championships Opening Round at Silver Cross Field.

Johnny Amann walked and scored in the first inning, tied the contest at two with a solo homer in the third, put the Eagles ahead for good with a sacrifice fly in the fifth and singled and scored against in the seventh. Nick Norris doubled twice and scored two runs for Judson as well and pinch-hitter T.J. Swank belted a mammoth two-run homer in a three-run eighth inning to put the game away.The Bulldogs stranded eight runners in the game and missed a couple of chances to tie or take the lead in the middle innings, with Craig Monson lining out to first base and Brodie Ross grounding out in the fifth after a leadoff double by Cory Urquhart. CU loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Tyler Alford bounced into an inning-ending doubleplay.Craig Lipp (9-2) posted the victory for Judson, giving up one earned run on two hits in 5.1 innings. The lefthander labored throughout his stint, walking three and striking out four. Ryan Perez tossed the final 3.2 innings for his second save, allowed one earned run on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts.Kevin T. Greene (7-2) suffered the loss, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings. The lefthander finally ran out of gas in the eighth while walking two and striking out two. He faced several extra hitters because of CUs five errors and was finally unable to overcome the miscues.The Bulldogs got off to an inauspicious start defensively, committing a pair of errors before recording an out in the first inning.

Amann drew a walk to leadoff in the bottom of the first for the Eagles and Cameron Balough grounded to third for what should have been a doubleplay, but Tyler Anderson booted the ball. Tony Rallo squared the bunt and missed. Alford threw behind the runner at second, picking him off, but Amann broke for third and Cory Urquharts throw hit him in the back.The ball rolled all the way to the dugout, allowing Amann to score for a 1-0 Judson lead without an out being recorded in the inning. Greene worked out of the jam without further damage, but Judson held an early advantage.The Bulldogs tied the game in the second, starting with a leadoff walk to Anderson. He went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Richie Seaton and scored on a single through the left side by Josciel Veras, tying the game at one.Cumberland took advantage of an error in the third to plate a run, with Monson beating out an infield single up the middle with one out and moving to second when the throw was high and bounced into the dugout. Brodie Ross followed with an RBI single to leftcenter for a 2-1 CU edge.The lead did not last long, though, for the Bulldogs, as Amann ripped the first pitch he saw over the wall in deep leftcenter, his fifth round-tripper of the season, tying the contest at two after three innings.CU missed a chance to take the lead again in the fifth after a leadoff double from Urquhart. He went to third on a bunt by Justin Johnston, but Monson lined out to first and Ross was thrown out on a ground ball up the middle on a nice play by Brian Brauer to end the inning.The Eagles took advantage of their scoring chance in the bottom of the inning when Norris led off with a double down the leftfield line. He went to third on a groundout by Luke Rojas and scored on a sac fly to center by Amman. Balough and Rallo later singled in the inning, but a nice running catch by Ross off the bat of Josh Raymond down the leftfield line ended the frame.Cumberland came right back in the sixth, loading the bases with a walk to Daniel Harrison, a bunt single by Seaton and a walk to Veras, the second free pass coming against Perez. But Alford bounced into a 4-6-3 inning-ending doubleplay, squashing the threat.Two bad throws by the Bulldogs led to another unearned run for the Eagles in the seventh.

Amman singled through the left side with one out and Balough grounded sharply to first. Monson made a nice diving stop, but his throw to second was low and wide and rolled into leftfield. Ross backed up the play but his throw to third sailed high and went off the netting of the dugout, allowing Amman to score on another error for a 4-2 advantage.In the eighth Ryan Burke drew a one-out walk before Swanks blast well over the wall in leftfield, his first of the year in just his 34th at-bat of the season. Norris doubled again, ending the day for Greene. Norris stole third, his 37th stolen base of the year, and Alfords throw sailed into leftfield, allowing the final run of the day to score.Cumberland scored twice in the ninth when Veras reached on a throwing error by third baseman DeYoung and Alford belted a two-run homer to left, his team-leading fifth of the season. Urquhart walked and Johnston battled to a full count before flying out. Monson struck out for the third time of the game to end the contest, sending the Bulldogs into the losers bracket.

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