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PORTSMOUTH, OH -- Craig Monson collected five hits, Cory Urquhart and Richie Seaton each posted four hits and three RBIs and Anthony Gomez picked up his fifth win of the year with seven solid innings, as Cumberland swept a doubleheader Saturday, 4-1 and 12-5, completing the weekend sweep over Shawnee State.The Bulldogs (12-6-1, 5-1 Mid-South) did just enough in the opener, with Urquhart registering three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored and Monson adding three hits.

Gomez (5-0) scattered eight hits in seven innings, giving up one run with one walk and three strikeouts. The lefthander worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first with a strikeout and a groundout and stranded two more runners in the seventh. The Bears had at least one baserunner in all but one of his seven innings of work, but he gave up just a solo homer to Cody Spires to lead off the sixth.Evin Einhardt got the final six outs for his first save, walking a batter in each inning but inducing four ground ball outs.

Shawnee State starter Cody Strayer (2-2) tossed nine innings, allowing four runs on 14 hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

In the second game the Bulldogs scored in each of the first six innings, including a five-run fourth that broke open a tight game. Seaton and Tyler Alford both had two hits and two RBIs and Monson and Brodie Ross each collected two hits as well.Senior Jesse Coe (1-1) tossed 3.1 hitless innings of relief to post the victory, walking one in the longest outing of his career. He walked the first batter he faced before retiring nine of the next 11 hitters, with one reaching on an error and Coe hitting the other, but that baserunner was erased on a doubleplay.Brandon Bonar (0-1), the second of four SSU hurlers, suffered the loss, giving up six runs on five hits in 2.1 innings. Bears starter Nolan West barely lasted into the second inning.The Bulldogs scored a run in the opener just two batters into the game, with Urquhart doubling to leadoff the contest. Seaton followed with an RBI double, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple.CU added another run in the second when Justin Johnston led off with a double and scored on a two-out single by Urquhart.

The Bulldogs finally tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the ninth after Johnston was hit to start the inning. Chris Hall moved the runner to second with a bunt, but pinch-hitter Ian Huss struck out. Urquhart then singled to center, plating the run, and after a walk to Seaton, Monsons single to the rightside pushed across Urquhart for a 4-1 advantage.The second game started quickly as well, with a walk to Urquhart to leadoff the game, but he was thrown out trying to steal second. Monson walked with two walks, stole second and scored on a pair of wild pitches.The Bears tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Calvin Sluberski reached on an error by Urquhart to start the frame and Squires followed with a double down the leftfield line. Joe Henderson plated the run with a sacrifice fly to left, tying the contest at one.In the second Hall drew a leadoff walk, ending the day for West, stole second and scored on Urquharts double to left.

The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third, with Ross walking to leadoff and Harrison following with a double. Johnstons bunt put runners on second and third and Ross scored on a wild pitch. Harrison later came across on an infield single by Hall for a 4-1 advantage.Shawnee State would not go quietly, loading the bases with three straight singles from Sluberski, Spires and Henderson to start the bottom of the inning. Colin Keim then lined to right and Seaton made a diving grab. He threw to second and Urquhart threw to first to complete a triple play, catching the runners off their bags, but Sluberski tagged on the play and the run was counted despite the three outs.Cumberland broke the game open with five runs in the fourth, as Seaton was hit to begin the frame and Monson followed with a double. Ross singled home a run and another came across on a sacrifice fly by Harrison.Veras walked, ending the day for Bonor, but the floodgates opened after a two-out error by shortstop Tyler Bice off the bat of Hall. Ross scored on the play and Alfords double to center plated two more runs for a 9-3 lead.The Bears added two runs in the bottom of the inning, starting with walks to Daniel Katayama and Ryan Queener. Charles Matsunamis line out later scored Katayama and another run scored on a double from Brady Hightchew. A single to right from Sluberski put runners on the corners, ending the day for CU starter Jake Collier, who allowed three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and one strikeout in 3.2 innings.The Bulldogs added a run in the fifth after back-to-back doubles from Monson and then scored twice more in the sixth.

Johnston and Alford both singled and Urquhart walked, loading the bases. Seatons two-run single through the rightside provided the final margin for Cumberland.

CU opened the series Friday with an 8-7 win over the Bears in 13 innings.

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