Softball series is postponed --
PIKEVILLE, KY -- Ryan Dickison went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBIs in the first game while Hector Viera added four hits and three RBIs and Justin Byrd posted four RBIs and three runs scored in Cumberland's doubleheader sweep 12-3 and 7-5 over the University of Pikeville Thursday.
The Bulldogs (12-21, 6-5 Mid-South) and Bears (12-18, 0-11) opted to cancel Friday's third game of the series due to heavy rains at Johnny LeMaster Field in Pikeville. The game will not be made up.
Dickison drove in a run with a single in the first inning, hit a solo homer to leadoff the fourth and added a two-run shot in the seventh when Cumberland broke the first game open with a six-run inning He registered two more hits with a run scored in the second contest.
The top five hitters in the Bulldogs lineup - Phil Stiles, Viera, Byrd, Tyler Alford and Dickison - combined for 17 of the club's 24 hits in the doubleheader along with 13 of the 19 runs scored and 14 of the 17 RBIs.
CU used a four-run fourth inning to take control of the second contest and then held on when Pikeville scored twice in the seventh and got the tying run to the plate, but Curtis Hoppe got a strikeout and a lineout to end the game and pick up the save.
Stevie Smith (3-3) tossed eight effective innings in the opener to get the victory, allowing one earned run on six hits. He walked three and struck out five. Austin Williams gave up one run on a hit in getting the final three outs.
UPike starter Josh Bailey (1-4) allowed two one run on four hits between the second and sixth innings after giving up two runs in the first to CU. He exited in the seventh, allowing six runs on nine hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
In the second game Jake Collier (3-4) gave up just three runs on five hits through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. He walked four and struck out eight before giving way to Hoppe, who posted his second save of the year.
Bears starter James Brooks (2-5) last just 3.1 innings, allowing seven runs on six hits to take the loss.
CU softball games postponed -
Due to continuing rain in the St. Catharine, Ky., Thursday Cumberland's softball series at St. Catharine College has been canceled for the rest of the weekend. The two teams will reschedule for the final week of April before the conference tournament.
Mid-South Conference regulations stipulate that softball teams must play at least one game against all teams in the league and complete 75 percent of the conference schedule. When visiting teams stay the night for the scheduled two doubleheaders, the games must be played on consecutive days.
Cumberland next plays Tuesday, April 7 at home against ninth-ranked Lindsey Wilson starting at 2 p.m.