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Cumberland ends regular season with 8-5 win

Posted on 26 April 2015 by Allen

Ryan Dickison

Tyler Alford posted three hits and two RBIs, Justin Byrd hit a three-run homer and Ryan Dickison belted a two-run shot while Jake Collier pitched into the ninth, as Cumberland salvaged the final game of the series, 8-5, over Georgetown College on Senior Day at Ernest L. Stockton Field-Woody Hunt Stadium on Saturday.

The Bulldogs and Tigers will meet again at Noon on Wednesday in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference Championships.

Collier (4-6) allowed four earned runs on 10 hits in 8.2 innings. He walked three, struck out two and hit one batter. He retired 12 of 15 batters from the end of the fifth inning until the top of the ninth.

The senior righthander got the first two outs of the ninth before singles by Duran Elmore and Steven Mancilla and then a walk to Jovan Hernandez loaded the bases. Curtis Hoppe got the save, getting Rick Reyes to fly out to center and end the game.

Cumberland scored six times in the second inning to take control of the contest, including Byrd’s three-run homer and Dickison’s two-run shot. Hector Viera added two hits and two runs scored for the Bulldogs.

Mancilla collected three hits, Elmore had two hits and three runs scored and Hernandez posted two hits and three RBIs.

Georgetown starter Beau Bowen (3-4) suffered the loss, giving up seven runs, two earned, on six hits in 1.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three. Brian Barry tossed 5.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits with three walks.

Each team scored a run in the first, with Elmore hit by the pitch to start the game. He stole second and scored on Hernandez’s single through the left side.

The Bulldogs answered quickly in the bottom of the inning when Viera doubled and Byrd walked. Alford then singled to center, plating Viera and knotting the contest at one.

Cumberland exploded for six runs in the second inning, chasing Bowen from the contest.

Conor Dishman drew a leadoff walk and Ryan Simmons reached on an error by second baseman Ryan Rodriguez. Zach Cole reached on a bunt single, loading the bases, and Viera’s groundout plated a run. Byrd then drilled a three-run homer to right, his seventh of the year.

But the Bulldogs weren’t done, as Alford singled and Dickison homered to left, with Georgetown’s Tanner Unkel falling over the fence trying to keep the ball from clearing the wall. It was the second straight day Dickison homered, his team-leading eighth of the year, giving CU a 7-1 advantage.

The Tigers came right back in the third with a pair of runs after Unkel walked to start the inning and Elmore reached on an error by Simmons at third base. Mancilla singled to right, scoring one run, and Hernandez’s groundout plated another, cutting the Bulldog lead to 7-3.

In the fifth Elmore reached on a bunt single and Mancilla followed with a single before an RBI single down the leftfield line for Hernandez, making it 7-4 for Cumberland.

The Bulldogs manufactured an insurance run in the sixth when Phil Stiles led off with a single up the middle, Viera reached on a ground ball and Byrd walked, loading the bases. Alford’s sacrifice fly to center scored a run, but CU missed a chance to expand the lead even further.

Reyes hit a solo homer for Georgetown to leadoff the eighth, his second of the year, pulling the visitors within three and setting up the ninth-inning drama.

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